Psychology professor Nick DiFonzo has written The Watercooler Effect (Penguin), a book about rumors in the workplace.
According to DiFonzo, the office watercooler is the place to be when it comes to finding out the latest scoop about your job.
Its where workers typically loiter and chat, and DiFonzo says the informal communication could wind up being very informative.
He says, The watercooler is where all the unofficial info happens. The rumors give us details that cant be found on an office memo.
But the blabber is only beneficial to your career if its work-related and not purely gossip.
DiFonzo says personal office gossip is typically pernicious and doesnt help anyone get ahead.
He says co-workers often start bad rumors about each other to protect their own interests, especially if their position at work is threatened, and says its best to address rumors right away in the office and circulate the facts.
The Watercooler Effect hits shelves Thursday (Sep. 11).
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