been to the supermarket checkout counter lately? (And, by lately, I mean
anytime in the last 30 or so years.) Look down to your left and/or right and
you will see magazine racks filled with the likes of People, Star and National
Enquirer. The evidence is right there in black and white: We are a
truth was exposed in a powerful 1976 issue of New York
Magazine devoted to the topic of gossip :
spirit of triviality lurking in the bosom of the average newspaper reader will
never be quenched, and is indeed now blazing up more fiercely than ever before.
Fast forward a few decades and most of us can confirm how this truth plays out today
well beyond the tabloids to blaze
fiercely in our daily work lives.
experts disagree about the nature of gossip in the workplace. On the one hand,
some hold the view that it is a toxic and destructive force. This post on workplace gossip,
for example, discusses how the rumor mill typically "breeds resentment and
becomes a roadblock to effective communication and collaboration." On the other
hand, some experts see gossip as conducive to camaraderie and a positive work
environment. This view is nicely captured in a recent
article that asks: Might Office Gossip Be Good
cites an Indiana University study and other research
findings confirming that the workplace gossip mill "forges connections, builds
trust, provides a means of learning unwritten social norms and offers a way of
comparing ourselves with others." Proponents of this view consider gossip a
social skill that provides a positive and powerful outlet for people who might
otherwise be voiceless in the workplace. However, even those who see gossip's
good side recognize that it is usually unpleasant to be on the receiving end as
it can "feel malicious and exclusionary."
What do you think of the workplace gossip mill?
Is it a constructive, destructive or neutral force? We invite you to share your
thoughts and experiences with us here and on our the Beyond Folders Community's
Twitter and Facebook pages.
by Candie Harris
NIPTiG I decided to help and sent a post to the social bookmarks. I hope to raise it in popularity!!...
ZGxfDK I really like and appreciate your article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.
We could've done with that isnhigt early on.
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