How to Address Excessive Workplace Gossip

What measures can an employer take to stop/prevent excessive gossiping in the workplace? 
– Restaurant Manager, Hospitality

While hanging a “NO GOSSIPING ALLOWED” sign may seem like a way to address your concerns, the reality is that this is best addressed one-on-one and in groups with your staff. In short, you need to communicate the damaging effect such behavior has on the morale and attitude of your employees. You also need to stress that as an employer you will not tolerate behavior of this nature as it hurts business, can be personal in nature, and reflects poorly on the source. Turning this into a component of performance paired with firm communication and resolve can generate positive results.