Informal Communication

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Informal Communication

A wise man once said, “Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid” (Winchell, n.d.). To that end, informal communication in a law enforcement agency or not, has a very negative effect. However, informal communication does have its positive aspects, of which will be discussed later.
The late singer Marvin Gaye, etal, described it as “The Grapevine” however in business terms, it is likened to an informal network of communication in an organization. Just like a growing plant, information spreads randomly, going in whichever direction “the wind blows.” Take for example a supervisor that has common links with three or more different groups in an organization, whereas the first group might share brunch every Friday, etc. When one or more of the groups are in (agreement) about a given rumor, then the individual is bound to believe that it is true. The problem is that the more rumors afloat, the more tendencies for the rumors to turn into gossip. The truth is that gossip can ruin careers and reputations quickly. More so is the fact that they can destroy lives (Grapevine Communication Informal…, n.d.). Other negativity from informal communication may be a lack of productivity on the job due to constant chatting. Additionally, the informal talk may harm the goodwill of the organization, if false information is spread, concerning the leadership or higher- level members of the organization (n.d). Informal communication that is not verified or false could possibly have a detrimental effect, especially in a law enforcement organization.

As stated before, there are positive sides to informal communication. One such is that supervisors get to know their subordinates’ reactions to their policies through (feedback), very quickly (Grapevine- Communication-Advantages…, n.d.).The “grapevine” promotes unity and…...

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