When you’re dealing with workplace drama, you often don’t have a lot of energy left over to deal with actual work! Not only does it distract from what you need to do, it can make your job very uncomfortable. And, if you let yourself get caught up in it — even with the best of intentions — the drama can even come back to bite you.
But a lot of workplaces come jam-packed with drama. And conflict. And intrigue. Even small sub-plots that can turn out to be pretty interesting. And it’s tempting to find yourself listening and advising — and looking forward to more juicy details. Especially if your work isn’t all that exciting.