Maybe you received an email seeking applicants as paid mystery shoppers in your area, or offering cash in exchange for filling out online surveys. Or you heard theaters used subliminal advertising to increase sales of popcorn and soft drinks. Maybe it was the “send old shoes, get a new one free” Nike promotion that caught your attention, or the discovery that you can cure disease by drinking four glasses of water every morning.
The fact that these are all false didn’t stop thousands of people from forwarding them, repeating them, or believing them. Two of these even made it into the top 25 “hottest urban legends” on snopes.com. Likewise, the fact that office grapevines are filled with false information, speculation, innuendo, and gossip doesn’t stop people from using rumor to fuel distrust, reinforce silo building, or enhance “us” versus “them” thinking.
This workplace ladder fuel can devastate motivation and destroy (continue reading →)