Tips on how to stay ahead of the office snitch

Tips on how to stay ahead of the office snitch

Mfonobong Akpan

Remember that movie that had Dwayne Johnson – Snitch -He did it for a good reason but…No matter how you want to look at it, no one likes a snitch! You know that one person that can’t help but you and your crew out? Maybe you were one. The focus here is on how to handle snitches in the workplace. It’s not strange to find them in an organisation, especially with the politics and bureaucracy that characterises such environments. So how do you handle workplace snitches and survive?  Here are great life saving tips for you.

First, how do you spot a snitch?

1. They constantly hang around common areas listening in to the latest workplace rumours and scandalous tidbits about co-workers.

2. They are regularly seen sucking up to management.

3. They never seem to leave the office which gives them the chance to witness all other workers’ activities. So if one of your co-workers is a constant office presence and they display all of the aforementioned warning signs, you may have found the offender.

What to do…

Snitching is a hard habit for some people to break, but fortunately, there are a few steps that employees can take to protect themselves from trifling or unjust accusations.

1. While you stay polite and friendly, avoid revealing too much about your personal life or details about any projects you’re working on. If a person is determined to knock you down the corporate ladder, he or she will find a creative way to use any information you volunteer against you, no matter how insignificant it seems.

2. Being a good performer at work will also help. When you are a valuable asset to your company and your bosses are bound to know this. Trivial comments can’t and shouldn’t hurt you.

3. Whatever you do, don’t retaliate by doing the exact same thing. You will only lose the respect of your boss and co-workers.

4. Don’t lose your temper because many divisive employees thrive on attention, and if you angrily confront a suspected informant, you’re letting him or her win, and will lead many of your colleagues to believe that you’re guilty or that you actually committed an offense.

5. Use a strong password on your computer and when you’re done with the day’s work, you may also want to make a habit of clearing your Web browser’s history for safety.

For Managers&Bosses…

Never reward a snitch because doing that would only encourage them to continue this counterproductive behaviour. Workers are likely to become paranoid once they know that the team has a divisive member. Lay out repercussions as a proactive measure, remembering that a work force or team built on trust will be happier, more productive and more effective. So don’t let one person ruin the dynamic for everyone.

Have you had to the deal with a snitch situation? We’d love to read your experience.

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