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Situation: "My coworker tries to engage me in gossip."
How to deal: You learned in grade school that you shouldn't talk about people behind their backs, but it can be hard to resist—especially if you're craving a connection. "Gossiping may make you feel close to people," says Elster. "But it can hurt others and your career because higher-ups will be less likely to trust you." Steer your chats away from others by replying, "Who cares about them? What's new with you?" That way, you can foster a sense of camaraderie without ruining anyone's reputation.
Got a difficult boss or a gossipy cube-mate? These expert strategies will help you save face—and your sanity
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Career Advice for the Stickiest Work Situations