One aspect of the workplace which really hacks me off is the power of rumour. For example, maybe someone hears something interesting at a meeting. They tell their colleagues. The ramifications of this fact will probably be discussed, leading to all sorts of speculation. The speculation often then gets communicated as fact. When this phenomenon is combined with a general culture of pessimism and parnanoia – in other words the typical UK working environment – the rumour machine can be very damaging to staff morale. If that initial speculation could be voiced in a public forum (i.e. blog or wiki) then the originator of the fact could set the record straight. Admittedly that would have the disadvantage of having to find something else to moan about ;)

(via Comic for 15 Oct 2007)