Idle Chatter?

Probably not. Those slacker workers by the water cooler may just be working.
This story first appeared in the June 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The daily ritual of co-workers chatting at the company watering hole is less rumor-driven and more productive than you might think. According to a December 1999 survey of 150 Fortune 1000 executives, office gossip accounted for only 9 percent of issues discussed.

The poll-developed by OfficeTeam, a specialized administrative staffing firm in Menlo Park, California, and based on observations of and interactions between executives and employees-reveals that nearly 40 per-cent of water-cooler dialogue deals with business. The results, says Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam, "indicate [employees] are very ambitious and passionate about their careers."

Maybe employers would benefit from restocking paper cups in abundance. Says Domeyer, "Impromptu conversations that arise outside of [conventional] workspace often spawn valuable ideas."


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