Dorothy Parker, the satirist, is famous for saying, “If you have nothing good to say about someone, sit next to me.”
Someone like Parker is likely employed at your organization. These are the folks who live for the scraps of information – negative or positive – that are traded day in and day out in most workplaces.
Office gossip and the office grapevine are as old as the workplace and as difficult to manage as the people and processes in them.
People can rarely resist “spilling the beans” when they hear a juicy tidbit of information, whether it’s about work or a colleague.