Study Suggests Water-Cooler Gossip Good For the Office

Psychologists and sociologists call it reputational information sharing, but you know it better as gossip. And research done at Stanford University and published in the journal Psychological Science has found that, in office settings, gossip about worker performance can promote honest behavior and a better work ethic, based on over 200 participants. When the conscientious workers chat around the proverbial water cooler, they often pass along information on the slackers to a wider circle of people who, in turn, use it to choose with whom they want to interact and excluding those they see as selfish. As a result, some of those excluded will change their behavior and behave better, be more honest and freeload less. If they don’t, they tend to develop a worse reputation around the office.

(Source: UPI; Image: Freaking News)

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