By Stephen Rhodes
Office gossip is now moving at the speed of light. It used to be so much fun gathering around the water cooler in hushed tones trading the latest with an office peer. Now its blurted out in 140 characters, or even shorter text messages, in the blink of an eye.
Good companies develop a savvy approach to communications. We all know that office gossip and negative comments will contribute to low morale and undermine business.
Ideally it’s important to engage your employees as evangelists for your business both inside and outside the office. Take control of water-cooler speculation with clear, friendly corporate-wide communications that builds employee loyalty, invites contribution and open discussion.
Use social media tools to invite interaction. I know, you are are saying, who in their right mind would actually tweet on company time? Well, lots of people if you create an environment where divergent opinions are truly welcome.
Do you have a culture that encourages a full and frank exchange of ideas? Is the trust there?