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Gossipy office workers not only drag you away from work, they drag down your reputation, too. The next time you find yourself cornered by someone looking for a gossip partner, neutrally bow out of the conversation. Example:

Co-worker: “Did you notice Mark sucking up to Mr. Boss lately? It’s so blatant! What’s with him?”

You: “No, I hadn’t really noticed. I’ve been so busy with work and this XYZ project. In fact (glance at your watch), I just remembered that I owe Ms. Head of Marketing a call. Will you excuse me? I’ve gotta run.”

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