New Technologies Fuel Office Gossip

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Stephanie Armour USA Today

Office gossip, though rarely talked about or researched, has taken on new dimensions in this high-tech age, becoming a dynamic force that can build camaraderie but can also destroy work relationships or careers.

The proliferation of instant messaging, Internet blogs and e-mail means rumors in the workplace spread faster and farther, and can do more lasting damage.

Jon Bender, a managing partner at PrincetonOne, an executive search firm, says he once received an e-mail about himself that had obviously been intended for someone else.

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