“Yumi said that Malcolm said that Juan doesn’t like you.”“Oh really? Maybe if I sucked up to snobby Juan the way Malcolm does, I would be appreciated.” “Yeah, that’s what everyone else thinks too. Hey, want to know a secret about Yumi?” Do you ever catch yourself having conversations like this? These gossip sessions may seem harmless, but you’re actually creating workplace drama. And it can be addicting. Workplace drama can distract you from stress, make you feel important (you know, for possessing such juicy gossip), and release feel-good chemicals that make you want to keep talking. In the heat of the moment, the temptation to engage in workplace drama can be strong. And in workplaces where boredom, bickering, or internal competition run high, the temptation can be literally impossible to resist. That’s why we curated the five best tips to help you stay away from the toxic behavior and encourage healthier communication at your job. Read on, and good luck!