Harmless office chitchat – or poisonous gossip? by Karen McGowan @FortuneMagazine November 5, 2007, 3:32 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons An office where people spend a lot of time undermining each other’s reputations is not a healthy place, writes Fortune’s Anne Fisher in her November 5 Ask Annie column. Do you think the office grapevine is beneficial, or is gossip a big problem in your workplace? Have co-workers ever made you the subject of unfair rumors? Any ideas on how to keep the rumor mill from running amok?