Office Gossip Goes High Tech

Office Gossip Goes High Tech

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Greg Neft, KSL Newsradio Office gossip has gone high-tech and can be dangerous to your career.

"We used to do it by the water cooler," explained human resources consultant Brenda Yamagata.

But Yamagata says that doesn't happen as much anymore. "With instant messaging and e-mails it has become so easy. You don't even have to get up," she said.

A study by a Michigan furniture maker says that nearly 10 percent of employees who gossip do it in cyberspace, but Yamagata says it's an awful risk. "E-mail is actually the property of the company, and the company has the right to look at those types of transmissions," she explained.

She says forget about trying to hide, because any good IT department can trace the offending online message.

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