There’s some rampant gossip going on at my office right now, and I’m getting pretty fed up with it. I have to admit, many times I’ve fallen prey to the temptation to indulge in it. I often think about the verse in Proverbs about gossip being like choice morsels–as delightful as the gossip may seem at the time, I’m often left with a stomachache afterward.

I’m trying to avoid being a part of the gossip, both on the speaking end as well as the listening end, but that’s easier said than done, especially when some of those engaging in the gossip are some of your closest co-workers. So what’s the best way to avoid gossip in tight quarters? Should I speak up and admonish co-workers to not do it? Or should I just walk away when it starts to happen?