Rumour and Gossip in the Workplace - Literature Review

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Literature Review
Organization Behaviour
Assignment 3
Hanna Darwish
Rumour and gossip in the workplace

People understand gossip and rumour whether experiencing it first hand or being the provider of information to create the gossip or rumour. The large proportion of gossip is devoted to a person who is not present in the discussion (Wielers, 1998 & sitzman, 2006). Rumour’s general definition refers to misinformation of stories being communicated on a public scope. Gossip and rumour is one of the oldest forms of communicating, people use this process to share facts and personal opinions, however Gossip and rumour has a reputation for not being accurate with modifications of initial subject matter.
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They are commonly influential individuals within the organization being more central to communication networks (Hart, 2010). It has been shown consistently that gossipers thrive on attention and power and will do anything to prevent losing it, if they not find any authentic information, this could lead to the formulation and exaggeration of harmless events to be discussed. When the gossiping individual is left unsupervised, they can negatively impact co-workers drive and attitude of a complete department, in turn causing massive destruction within the workplace (Nefer, 2009). Gossip is overall characterized as a “weapon of the weak” (Wilson, 2005)

Relationship Development

“The workplace provides a fertile ground for gossip to flourish” gossip should not be cast of lightly as idle chatter, research has shown that gossip has shown an important framework to enforce group normality allows individuals to achieve social judgments and bonds with fellow co-workers (sloan,2010) In each literature rumour and gossip has performed a valuable contribution to the information line (Data protection act, 1998) Researchers have shown theoretical framework for understanding the effectiveness of maintaining and developing social bonds with in social work organizations. There have been significant linkages between social bonds and developments of organizations. (Pelled, 2000) A large percentage of organizations employees, consider gossip to be the moderator of knowledge