GOOD GOSSIP AT WORK CAN BENEFIT ORGANISATIONS
LONDON: Researchers have suggested that good gossip should be encouraged in workplaces as it helps weed out the workshy and makes for a more efficient office. A study found that up to nine in 10 conversations is gossip but it is not necessarily malicious. The study argued that organisations can “benefit from gossip that is instigated for positive reasons” just as much as they can be damaged by malicious conversations between colleagues. Gossip makes it possible for people to warn each other against those who do not behave in accordance with the group’s norms.