Some workplaces feel more like high school than a professional place of business. As grownups, we might have swapped drama club for happy hour cocktails, but many of us haven’t left the gossip on the playground. While gossip is part of human nature, and scholars have found it can actually work to organize and regulate our social lives, it can become a detrimental force in the workplace when it undermines cohesion and adds stress and division to an organization. While a positive workplace culture can spread throughout your staff, workplaces also tend to reproduce their worst qualities among employees, meaning that one or two gossips can quickly become a gaggle. Before you combat the rumours, it’s important to understand why gossip occurs so frequently at work and why it can be so damaging.