As many of you know that i am on medical leave these days. Recovering after a major surgery & the recovery is smooth. Thank God! A week after the surgery, I've started being in touch with my team at work & giving instructions as necessary/as much as i can. Eventhough i am not expected to do anything, it is something i like to do, and get involved. While working on line, my colleague broke out a news that, our team will receive a senior staff - who has hearing impairment. It was a managerial decision & the staff were little upset as to the quality of support we may get down the line. But, i advised them not to worry, and appreciated the fact that we have an inclusive team. We talked about the ways in which we could interact with the incoming person and our previous experiences with such staff in the past. After knowing that, the staff is from X country, i decided to contact 2 of my ex colleagues from the same country, who might have worked with her in the past to inquire about her. Colleague A responded instantly & shared her very positive experience with that senior staff. Colleague B wasn't online in WhatsApp. So i also left a message in IG as well. Just a basic message whether 'she knows staff A from country X as she is joining our crew soon.' To which, Colleague B responded rudely. First, she sarcastically asked is my inquiry very important, bcz i approached her via WhatsApp & IG for the same. Come on... When ever i dont find a person in WhatsApp, i look for them in FB or IG. It doesnt mean my decision to contact them was urgent or important. But i really looked for them. Then when i casually asked about staff A, she replied you should be told by the office not to discuss anything about staff outside office. Seriously? Am i gossiping? Nope... I just asked out of curiosity & to prepare my team to cope with a senior staff with hearing impairment. My language was very decent too. And i didn't blaber with others, but just picked an ex colleague who earlier worked with the same person. It wouldn't hurt to share your experience or just end the discussion with a plain ' 'yes' or 'ok' message if you feel it unnecessary. But she was rude! What do you think ladies?