How Your Office Became a Middle School Chatroom

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Most white collar workplaces are quieter than they’ve ever been. And yet, workers have never been more susceptible to getting fired because of loose lips. The Great Silencing—from email to instant messaging to text messages—has only grown stronger in recent years with the introduction of internal corporate messaging. Yes, offices have used memos and sticky notes for decades, and humans have been writing letters for centuries. But the idea of “chatting” with coworkers all day via direct messages as a means of both business and pleasure is a new, potentially risky way of life. (more…)