We all have seen them, they are everywhere, and within every type of employment. Beware, if not handled correctly, you may end up out the door, while the office snitch remains on the job.
Most office snitches are easy to spot, and are sometimes appointed by the bosses, sad, but true. The snitch at times attempt to act as if they are on your side to gain more information to relay back to the boss. A good example would be, if the boss sends out a new policy that everyone within the office seems to disagree with, the snitch will not say much but sit back, and instead wait to speak with each of you separately within the office. The snitch once alone with you, will act as a friend in an effort to have you relay to them how you really feel about the new policy, as well as the boss.
Once the snitch get their information, it is normally turned over to the boss, who places those who he feels are undermining his authority on his radar list.
As time past, the team within the office seem distant towards one another, morale becomes low, and no one knows why. The snitch has played everyone within the office against one another by providing valuable information to the boss. When the boss presents his findings, everyone who initially disagreed start suspecting one another as the person who told the boss.
The best thing to do when you suspect there is a snitch within the office, is to keep your thoughts to yourself. In the end, by keeping any negative thoughts or disagreements to yourself, about anything within the office can save you a lot of unwanted stress and sleepless nights.
So what can you do to prevent this from happening to you? First stop providing them with the ammunition to use against you. If you do not give the snitch a reason to talk about you, he, or she, will have nothing to say. Make sure that you perform all of your duties to the best of your abilities, follow all instructions, whether you agree or not, this includes policies, operating procedures, workplace etiquette, and your supervisor or manager performance requirements.
Unfortunately, most managers will only stop listening to the snitch, once you have proven that you are a valuable asset to the team. Do not provide the snitch with anything to use against you, remain professional and courteous to all team members, especially the snitch.
You can work with a snitch by thinking outside of the box. Think the situation through before taking any actions. Guard yourself from their intentions, and never ever give them the attention they are so desperately seeking, if you do you will prove to be just as immature as the snitch.