A：I know a Sally Smith in Marketing. I don't know anything about her except that she appears to be quite talented.
A：Then why are you talking about her?
A：I'm sorry, Chen Hao. What does this have to do with work?
A：This is gossip. How did you come to know this?
A：So, is everyone talking about this now?
A：No. Well, yes, I am sorry to hear that kind of news, but that is not what is bothering me. Let's talk about this over lunch.
A：You got into a conversation that you shouldn't have at work.
A：We need to have boundaries in the office.
A：Yes. Boundaries or limits on what we talk about in the workplace.
A：Talking about Sally's private life has nothing to do with our work. Whoever started this kind of gossip overstepped the bounds of office friendship.
A：If that is the case, then Sally should have been more careful about choosing her office friends and about what she confided in them.
A：We need to be careful about what we confide to our colleagues. Unless you can trust someone completely and unless you want your private life to become public, be careful what you say to whom.
A：That's true. It's called "small talk." You talk about the weather, what movie you saw last night, your favorite restaurant, where you are going on vacation, but not the personal details of your life.
A：Be careful about what you tell your colleagues. Those who talk to you about others will also talk to others about you.