The Grapevine : An Organization 's Informal Communication Network

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The grapevine is an interesting concept to consider. As Robbins and Judge (2009) explains, the grapevine is “an organization’s informal communication network”, and it is prevalent in any and every organization (pg. 359). Wherever two people gather, they are going to talk. This informal communication can be an asset, but it can also be a liability. While it can distribute information quickly, the information may change from person to person, much like the game “telephone.” This can cause significant confusion within an organization. To fight the possibility of incorrect information being shared and the confusion it can cause, “leaders should be quick to openly communicate potential bad news and all decisions that are being made which might negatively impact employees” (Fischer, 2012). It is much better to hear bad news directly from management than through the grapevine. If you hear it through the grapevine first, you may assume that management is trying to hide something from the employees. While we need to be careful about receiving false information through the grapevine, we need to be doubly careful that we do not share false information. Exodus 23:1 exclaims, “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness” (English Standard Version). We should verify the information that we receive before passing it along to keep from spreading false information and causing confusion.
Fischer, K. (2012). Lesson 5:…

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