Do You Gossip?

Be honest. For everyone's sake and for your own! Are you a gossiper? Are you an instigator?

At every job I've worked at people like to say that they don't (of course) and 5 minutes later they are talking crap about someone to me.

But it still exists everywhere! So, are you part of this problem? Or are you on the other end of it.

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Comments (36)

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:02pm

As much as I WISH it didn't exist it does. I don't really care tbh but younger people, especially analysts who are competing with each other tend to do this. As I get older I'm like really........... don't we have more important things to focus on. Apparently not for some people!

I never waster my time with that stuff but I think a lot of the younger entitled people 100% do

May 28, 2021 - 3:16am

Yeah it's always the analysts who are the #1 perpetrators of this given they're in a new city usually and all they have socially is their analyst class sometimes. Also these are fresh out of college kids who are coming off of greek life/student orgs which consist almost solely of gossip. Definitely dwindles as you get older.Β 

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Aug 16, 2019 - 1:23pm

Not a gossiper, but definitely guilty of being a bitcher.

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Aug 16, 2019 - 1:31pm

What's the main difference between those in your opinion hahaha just complaining?


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Aug 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Gossiping to me is saying "Hey, did you hear that this person did this?"

Bitching is "This company is fucking stupid and is run by morons"

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Aug 16, 2019 - 1:44pm

The key to avoiding gossip is to just talk shit in front of the person's face.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 18, 2019 - 5:14pm

I feel like I should say no for ego but truthfully I have and if I get pissed enough it probably will slip out again

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:35pm

Your post said be honest so might as well admit it though I think 95% of ppl do this as well

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:37pm

Most likely, everyone can say they have done it before but no one is proud. Even those who do it find a way to justify it because they know they largely negative stigma attached to it. Although it does deserve that stigma if its something that you regularly do


Aug 18, 2019 - 5:35pm

I'll complain, not gossip, about people both to their face and to others, for example "I can't fucking stand Eric and if he tells me about the girl he hooked up with a month ago in nantucket one more time I might paralyze him" but never like creating rumors or shit talking people for stuff they don't deserve. I think my line is drawn at complaining, if that makes sense. My office is pretty small though and we tend to get along pretty well, even though it definitely has some characters. I would never really shit talk someone behind their back.

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Aug 18, 2019 - 5:54pm

I guess I'm not a person who really gets mad at people tho. I just prefer to work through any issues. Like the "Eric" example is just like standard office shit talk that I fuckin roast him (not actually named Eric btw) for all the time too. Like I just won't ever wanna diss someone behind their back, and I like pretty much everyone I meet so it's pretty hard to actually drive me to that point.

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Aug 18, 2019 - 5:38pm

Crazy grown men and women even get up in the morning and think about talking about this. This leads me back to the previously mentioned "analyst theory". When kids are at the age that they want a ton of responsibility and haven't been in the work force too long. it usually results in shit talking, and as they have more things to do it declines

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:48pm

Always hear it among younger ppl in the firm and surprisingly sometimes from hire ups if they disagree and don't want to be upfront about it. Not my cup of tea for obvious reasons. The people who say things are also the first to be talked about and then later associated with drama

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:55pm

Be honest. For everyone's sake and for your own! Are you a gossiper? Are you an instigator?

At every job I've worked at people like to say that they don't (of course) and 5 minutes later they are talking crap about someone to me.

I get the working somewhere for years can cause this type of closeness where people feel they can gossip, but there also gets a point where things are toxic.

Almost every job I had, women flock to me (since I was the new girl) and talked my ear off about each other. When I started finance, being that I am one of the few women in the office I thought this wouldn't be a thing.

But it still exists everywhere! So, are you part of this problem? Or are you on the other end of it.

Hell, yes, I gossip. I'm a gossipy little bitch. I was recruited by an intelligence agency and declined because I told them that I couldn't keep a secret.


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Aug 30, 2019 - 9:50am

It is my view (and also confirmed by many successful older professionals I know thanks to my parents' connections) that chronic gossipers don't advance to important positions.

You can't gain anyone's respect being a gossiper. But being able to lead others, taking initiatives, to forge real connections go a long way in any industry including finance.

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