Gossip is commonplace at just about every office, but one PR firm is trying to put the kibosh on chatty employees. Chicago’s Empower PR sounds like they have a unique office:
Lunch is ordered in to the office every day. Their break room is Starbucks-quality. There is a corner where you can work off your frustrations by hitting a pillow with a bat, and there is a rule that BlackBerrys get turned off at 5 p.m. Crying is encouraged.
But the fact that CEO Sam Chapman has banned office gossip, setting up a “no-gossip zone” and making it a fire-able offense has garnered attention. “At first, I was really unsure of how to speak, what to think,” said one employee. Conveniently, Chapman has a book out, The No Gossip Zone: A No-Nonsense Guide to a Healthy, High-Performing Work Environment. Serena van der Woodsen wouldn’t last a day in Empower’s offices.