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Managers should strive to squash rumors — not spread them. As noted in our post, Managing the Rumor Mill: 6 Tips on Dealing With Office Gossip, office gossip can hurt morale and eventually cause retention problems.
Help keep the grapevine in check by frequently providing clear and candid information, and making it known to your employees that you expect them to be respectful of each other. Just make sure you practice what you preach, particularly in meetings. It’s critical that you don’t speak in hushed tones, publicly criticize those above you, or remotely encourage office gossip (even if you think it’s just harmless chatter). After all, you set the tone for your team.