Loose talk is everywhere at work, and it doesn’t matter whether you work in
- an open office space
- a coworking space
- a “traditional” cubical environment
- a widely geographically distributed, online, team space,
gossip, rumor, innuendo, and storytelling remain ingrained social traits of human beings.
They appear whenever two or more human beings gather together, and because they are such effective tools for passing information, maintaining the status quo and determining who’s in and who’s out, they are here to stay.
And not just for a minute or a day.
So, in workspaces of the future, expect that the gossip that used to happen face-to-face, to happen much more often via social media, messaging apps and wearable technologies.
Of course, with this change, there will be policy changes and consequences, and more opportunities for those of us who offer the tools to manage and reduce this storytelling and rumor mongering.
Particularly if it comes with a 140 character limit.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
Email HSCT: email@example.com