A paper by two professors at the University of Amsterdam has found that gossip helps identify employees who are skirting their responsibilities, making the office a more efficient place, Forbes says.
The paper was published in April in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
“The results of our studies show that gossip may not always be as negative as one might believe at first,” Bianca Beersma, the study’s co-author, told British newspaper Mail Online. “Gossip allows people to gather and validate information, to enjoy themselves with others, and to protect their group.”
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