Office Gossip: Can It Be A Good Thing?
Gossip carries a negative connotation – but not all gossip is bad. Studies have shown that there are a few benefits that come from office gossip. For instance, it can encourage camaraderie. It can even be therapeutic for some. No one wants to be the subject of negative gossip – especially when it comes to how they do their job. This can act as a way to curtail underperformance. Of course, in order to reap the benefits from partaking in gossip, you have to tread lightly. If gossip is left unhindered, it can spread and burn a hole in some of the major relationships you have at work. “Left unchecked, gossip can wreak havoc on company morale and efficiency,” says Beth Weissenberger, CEO and co-Founder of the Handel Group in a column for BusinessWeek. “It breeds resentment and becomes a roadblock to effective communication and collaboration.” So, you really have to walk the line when it comes to office gossip. Remember: