I’ve found the best response for office gossip is to simply not get involved. You don’t need to bitch and moan about people at work as that’ll always come back and bite you. Listen, don’t participate and eventually that person will go find someone else who’ll listen.
“You can say something like, ‘I enjoy talking with you about this, but at the same time, I’ve been working to protect my time,’” says Stone.
By the way — this is terrible advice and will only be taken one way, as a snub.