Over a year ago, a fellow technician let me know that she planned on going back to school and that she would need to train a replacement tech for the service that she worked on. I expressed interest in the idea and kept it at that. As months passed and cogs started turning with the transition, I began training for the various machines that I’d need to learn to work for this particular subspecialty.
Although I was mute, others began seeing me on the new service and stared talking. Why is she there? Why wasn’t I offered the job? They never let anyone else know that the job was going to be available? They never even interviewed for it. That’s not fair, I should have gotten it. I’m more this or I’m more that.
Technicians began approaching me to try to gather as much information as they could to run back and spread to others. Two of the biggest issues in all of this is A) I still haven’t told the doctor I currently lead for that I may be making a switch to another doctor and B) the person that I would be replacing never officially gave her notice of leave– because she hadn’t been accepted into her school yet!
I had chosen to be as honest and transparent as I could be with out jeopardizing anyone’s roles within the office. While this was the right move, I feel that I could have been a little more direct in how everything went down and told the talkers the real story. About how I was selected by the other tech and the doctor himself, about how the office doesn’t hold interviews for lateral moves like this. Explain that I did in fact interview informally and again formally with the doctor before he made his decision. Reiterate that I got the position because I know most of the equipment and that I am anxious to learn more.
In all honesty, I am not sure if this would have had any effect on the gossip. People are going to spin stories to makes themselves feel better about where they are in the grand scheme of things. It is far easier to drag others down than to work hard and bring yourself up. Gossip is all fun and games until it becomes toxic and it begins to affect others and their ideas. Keep this in mind when talking about others. Remember– if they are willing to talk behind someone else’s back, there is absolutely nothing preventing them from talking behind yours.