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Rewarding a snitch can be a good thing

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Here’s a new office morale booster: Organize a company snitch program. It runs on the same grapevine that conducts office gossip, only all the news is good.

Snitchers tell one another about accomplishments, small victories or acts of heroism that go beyond the call of duty.

Zane Safrit, former CEO of Conference Calls Unlimited, says he started a snitch program at his company.

At the end of each monthly companywide meeting, Safrit shared a few snitches or gossip items he’d heard. Then he opened the floor to employees, so others could share their snitches.

“Inevitably, more snitches would spill forth, spontaneously,” he writes on his blog at Open Forum. “Pretty soon, we had to go around the room two or three times. And, the euphoria, energy and enthusiasm carried over from the meeting into the next week.”

Lesson: Gossip breaks down a workplace community. Snitching inspires and strengthens it.

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