When you being your start up, you often do so with friends. These are people you have known for years, and so your relationship can begin to seem casual. And, because, in casual friendships, gossip happens, it can invade the workplace. Here’s a letter from someone on the receiving end of the gossip:
About 2-3 times a week, my boss will pull me into his office for very intense conversations about other coworkers. Sometimes my boss will speak horribly about the coworker, and then try to rope me in (“What do you think, Trollina? Do you think X is incompetent/hysterical?” ). Sometimes he’ll rehash past dramas/gossip, and talk about how glad he is are that Y is gone. I have no choice but to remain neutral in the moment, shrugging or saying “I don’t know” when he tries to corral me into talking bad about someone.
To read the answer on how the boss should change, click here: Bad Boss of the Week: Gossip in the Office
Let me know if this kind of response is better!