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Conspiracy theories in the workplace - causes and consequences

15 September 2016

A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog suggests that conspiracy theories about the workplace are a thermometer for an employee’s broader feelings about the organisation.

We’re all familiar with gossip in the workplace, both the benign variety – did you know Tom is applying for X-Factor? – as well as more serious talk concerned with perceived injustices, such as the real reason for that recent promotion. When such speculations insinuate a group working together to achieve secret ends, we’re into the realm of conspiracy theory.

Now new research published in the British Journal of Psychology suggests that conspiracy theories about the workplace are a thermometer for an employee’s broader feelings about the organisation … including his or her ultimate commitment to it.

For more information on the potential problems and pitfalls of office gossip and conspiracies (as well as some possible benefits) please visit our Research Digest blog.

 

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