28th September, 2012: A recent study has revealed that gossiping in office makes employees more cooperative and brings them closer. However, the researcher also told that people who tend to engage themselves in excessive gossip have fewer friends in a workplace.
The researcher examined the role of gossip in fixing friendships among employees in a healthcare centre. The researcher carried on the research for more than a year. During that time she questioned the healthcare centre’s staffs about the content and the amount of gossip as well as their friendship at the workplace.
While speaking to a leading newspaper, the researcher told that she was interested in relationships between employees and the quality of their formal and social relationships, especially because one just could not select the person they would like to work with.
Her study was published in the Social Networks journal. It detected that people who trust one another, were likely to have negative gossip rather than positive one. People were more selective about negative gossip as they and the person who is spreading the gossip also made sure that the gossip must not spread further. However, employees were less selective when it came to positive gossip. The researcher also found that often employees who gossip together become good friends in the course of time. However, extensive gossip mongers turn less popular.