Faculty featured in TV report on gossip

From: WBBM TV 2 (Chicago, IL)

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a familiar problem: gossiping. How much is too much when it comes to talking about coworkers behind their backs? CBS 2’s Susan Carlson reports, gossip definitely created tension at Empower Public Relations in Chicago, which decided to create a “no gossip zone.” That meant no more negative comments about anyone behind their back. Now, if you have a beef with a coworker you have to say it their face…

CEO Sam Chapman says it also boosted productivity and company profits. But not everyone’s buying it. “Asking people to stop gossiping is like asking people to stop breathing,” said Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox College. McAndrew has been studying the effects of gossip for years. He admits some gossip can be harmful, but says it has more benefits than downsides… Read more…