Gossip in the workplace. Can we prevent it? Can we stop it? And should we get fired over it?
Everyone seems to be buzzing in the work place about Chicago-based PR firm Empower Public Relations and its ban on gossip in the office. The policy has garnered recent attention and landed them a spot on TV highlighting there no-tolerance policy that has resulted in three people being fired at the comapny so far. Employees and clients at the agency say they love it, even though it took some time getting used to the tough love from their colleagues–after all it’s a rule that everything good or bad is said to your face.
Let’s face it, gossiping is second nature to just about everyone and we are all guilty of whispering in our cubicles or when we are out on the town. Personally, I applaud Sam Chapman, owner of Empower PR for his quest to create a culture where people can feel comfortable coming to work.
But does it really work? At work we all form “clicks” or have those annoying days we just need to complain until we are blue in the face. While his idea is noble I wonder just how effective it is in reducing or eliminating that competitive spirit or disdain for a colleague.
I’d love to hear from the “gossipers” and those who “refrain from gossiping” at the work place. Is this something you’d love to see? And would it work?