Believe it or not gossiping in the workplace can be a good thing for you. Why? Employees can use it to learn new info or simply navigate the workplace.
Elena Martinescu studies the psychology of gossiping at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and overall Elena says it’s good. “According to evolutionary theory, humans have developed gossip in order to facilitate co-operation in a group.”
Studies show more than three-quarters of gossiping isn’t positive or negative, but neutral. A majority of it is just passing along info like‘I heard Todd is getting a new car.’
Elena says “gossip can warn people about dangerous others and help build social bonds.”