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Gossip in the workplace serves a purpose, researcher says

BY PAULA BURKES Published: October 7, 2012

PSST. Have you heard?

Of emails sent by corporate workers, about 15 percent — or nearly one in seven — contain gossip.

The trend spans all ranks of organizations, with the lowest level employees playing a major part in circulating it. Employees are most likely to send gossip to their peers, and emailed gossip is 2.7 times more negative than positive.

The findings were...
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