HR Strange But True!
February 02, 2004

In Britain, occupational psychologists interviewed 100 nurses and found that some spent up to four hours a day gossiping. But that's not the main finding. Rather, the psychologists concluded certain forms of gossip can be good for business.

"Gossiping can be seen as trivial, but it is very therapeutic and makes people feel better," said a co-author of the study, Kathryn Waddington of the School of Nursing at London's City University.

Waddington told employers at an annual conference of occupational psychologists that gossip could help them to become more creative.

"Gossip is often viewed with suspicion by employers, but it could potentially have positive benefits for them and their staff in stressful professions such as nursing," she said. "We have found gossip to be frequently used by nurses as an immediate means of expressing emotions and opinions and as such employers in the health sector might wish to view gossip in a different way."

Not all gossip is good, though, the study said, warning that so-called negative gossiping could be bad for morale if it involved spreading malicious or false rumours.

Women were more honest than men about their gossiping, the study revealed, while men often described it as de-briefing or networking.

Source: Agence France Presse, via Yahoo!

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