COLUMN: Gossip has a place, but not in the workplace

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Celebrity gossip is my guilty pleasure.

It’s a rare day that doesn’t begin and end with Jezebel’s Dirtbag. I surreptitiously scan tabloid headlines in the supermarket checkout line. I scoop up the latest copies of People and US Weekly magazines before I pick out my polish at the nail salon.

Maybe it’s because celebrities are completely complicit in promoting themselves for our consumption that I relish reading about their lives and lifestyles.

Entertainment aside, some researchers believe gossip plays a useful role at work. That latching on to the office grapevine is a way to learn cultural norms, create connections, and promote collaboration and cooperation.

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