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Telling tales turns teamwork into trouble

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Your team and your company have gone through dramatic changes in the last few years. Now, you feel things have calmed down, and the old, family-like atmosphere has been restored. But today, you think that might not be such a good thing.

It started when Darla, a young trainee on your production team, came into your office shaking with fury. "What is it with this place?" she demanded angrily. "Everyone's sticking their nose into my business. Now everyone knows I broke up with my boyfriend. I just got asked out by Joe in shipping! I don't even know this guy!"

Your face apparently registered your concern, because Darla quickly added, "Don't worry, I'm not being harassed — I told him no and he was very sweet about it. But I didn't take this job looking for a social life. And even if I was, I don't appreciate having my life discussed over the grapevine."

You expressed your sympathies and waited for her to calm down a little, then ...(register to read more)

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