Could this work at companies? Or schools? Binalonan, a small town in the Philippines, passed an ordinance that bans idle gossip. Locals say the summer heat drives people beneath acacia trees to chismis, or gossip. Offenders are charged the equivalent of about $10 and will have to pick up trash if they repeat the crime.
Local officials believe much of the gossip is caused by conflicts, and they are trying to encourage people to resolve differences directly instead. I’m not sure it’s the same in organizations, where people tend to gossip when they have idle time and are missing more meaningful communication from company leaders.
Of course, gossip has a few positive benefits, including increasing our knowledge and understand of others and improving social relationships.
Seriously, could a gossip ban work in companies? What could be the benefits and downsides? How could it be enforced?
When have you seen gossip used negatively and positively?
What are, perhaps, better ways to communicate?
What leadership character dimensions may be failing if we rely too much on gossip?