Amsterdam University produces more than just novelty T-shirts for jet-setting stoners. Research psychologists at the university have published a paper that details the benefits of office gossip. According to their study of 220 people and their reasons for gossiping, it seems it helps a team isolate slackers who, fearing more bitching, will pick up their game thereby increasing overall efficiency. So next time your boss shakes his head at you for spending so much time at the water cooler, you can inform him of the valuable contribution you're making to workplace culture — and for once base your logic on legitimate research. [Source]
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