That being said, I think it's safe to say that more gossip is harmful than it is comforting. And any way you spin it, it's tough to call any form of gossiping a productive use of time at the office. Perhaps this is why Montana based online printing company PrintingForLess.com has a no-gossip policy in place.
New hires are required to sign the company's "agreement to values," and one employee recalls the human resources manager explaining, "There’s no back-stabbing here, and no office politics. Gossiping and talking behind someone’s back are not tolerated." It's the first I've heard of an employer taking preemptive action against office gossip. Is it a fair policy?