Why Camp Staff Can't Help Gossiping and What We Can Do About It

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Gretchen Vaughn
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Research shows that we often build closeness and status by sharing negative opinions about others.Gossip is pervasive throughout our society and our camps and yet steps exist that can beundertaken to eliminate it in a close working environment. Why Camp Staff Can't HelpGossiping and What We Can Do About It explains how to form a staff culture that provides supportand the feeling of belonging to a group while rejecting gossip. The DVD provides guidedactivities that are designed to help you create your own no-gossip policy. The DVD also featuresstaff training and supervision techniques that you can use to develop appropriate forums forventing troubles, while keeping the social atmosphere positive. Finally, the DVD explains how toestablish a transparent camp culture that reduces the need for "information creation."

Among the topics covered:

  • Why do we gossip?
  • Promoting closeness
  • Instant task force activity
  • Establishing a no-gossip policy
  • Gossip bystanders
  • Don't be a bystander yourself
  • Information creation