For example, gossip and rumors can destroy a person's self-confidence and affect their self-esteem. The general negative effects of workplace gossip are that it reduces trust in employees. People avoid talking to each other out of fear that their words will be taken out of context and discussed in the workplace. First, it shows that the targets of negative gossip engaged in negative gossip out of fear of losing their reputation.
Therefore, these findings indicate that a high level of self-monitoring may be better for dealing with negative gossip and prevent them from being perceived as less competent or desirable in their positions, that is, they are not afraid of losing their reputation. Self-control moderates the mediating effect of fear of losing reputation in the relationship between negative workplace gossip and participation in negative gossip about goals, so that the mediating effect is stronger on targets with low levels of self-control than in those with high levels of self-control. Based on facial research and AET, this research explored the mediating role of fear of losing one's reputation between negative gossip in the workplace and participation in negative gossip about objectives and, in addition, included self-control as a regulatory factor. Based on research on the face and AET, this study developed theoretical arguments and empirically tested the relationships between being the target of negative gossip and participating in negative gossip behavior on the part of objectives, and further explored the role of the face as a mediating mechanism in this process, namely, the fear of losing one's reputation.
The moderating role of self-control in the relationship between negative workplace gossip and fear of losing one's reputation. Participants reported their own participation in negative gossip using a five-item scale developed by Brady et al. However, the findings of this study show that employees who feared losing their prestige responded to aggressors in order to get revenge, which would eventually have a negative impact on individuals and organizations. The findings showed that negative gossip in the workplace, as an affective fact, could increase the fear of losing one's reputation and, therefore, cause targets to engage in negative gossip.