Calling out co-workers through gossip or banter is “sludge,” and it’s one of the most significant barriers to having a positive and fulfilling workplace, write Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of Why Work Sucks. Take their tips for eliminating sludge and create a happier place to work.
- Open your ears. Learn what sludge is. “How did Sam get a promotion? He’s always late,” is an example of sludge.
- Hold others accountable. When you hear sludge, speak up and point it out. Don’t play into it.
- Don’t use sludge to feel superior. Calling out a co-worker for being late doesn’t make you look better. In fact, it does the opposite. If you want to feel good, focus on doing your best.
— Adapted from “3 ways to change toxic tendencies at work,” Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, Fortune at CNNMoney.