If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say Anything at All.

Read here to see how mom’s advice can help you avoid workplace drama.

Moms are filled with wisdom, and with Mother’s Day approaching it’s a good time to think about how timeless her advice is. While you might remember mom saying classics like, “Let’s play the quiet game,” or “I’m going to give you until the count of three,” when you were younger, a lot of those mom phrases still apply in adulthood. A good one is “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” which is great advice for any of us who have experienced drama in the workplace.


How Workplace Drama Affects Business

Most people have experienced workplace drama at some point in their lives, and businesses and employees alike will agree that business is better without it. For managers, workplace drama affects employee efficiency, which impacts production, and could even cause retention rates to drop. Good employees aren’t going to stick around if there’s a negative workplace culture. For staff, workplace drama can make it harder to focus on the job, could give you a bad attitude, and make it harder to be a team player. So what can you do to avoid workplace drama? What would your mom advise?


How You Can Avoid Workplace Drama

  • “Treat others how you want to be treated.” You can’t argue with this motherly advice. Having empathy for your coworkers (and even supervisors) will influence your whole attitude at work. Before you decide to join in the gossip or to frown on someone else’s behavior, consider what it would feel like if others did the same to you. Take a moment to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Even if your coworker does have questionable behaviors, keep in mind that you usually don’t know the whole story.
  • “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?”The easiest way to stay out of drama is to do just that. Don’t engage. If the lunch break conversation starts to steer in a negative direction, try to change the topic or take the opportunity to get some fresh air before heading back to work. While you can’t always avoid situations, you always have a choice in whether or not you participate in them.
  • “There’s a silver lining to every cloud.” As with many things, working to see the “glass half full” can do wonders. Don’t be labeled as the workplace complainer! Try to keep a positive attitude and spend time with coworkers who share your outlook. While it might be tempting to vent about frustrating aspects of the job, it generally just tends to bring down morale. Try to not always voice your complaints and to reframe your perspective to look at the bright side.


As you celebrate with your mom this weekend, be sure to thank her for all of her timeless words of wisdom. And, for more useful workplace tips, check back to the Penmac blog each week. Happy Mother’s Day from everyone at Penmac!