Project #48668 - HR Mgmt: The Power of Rumor Mill

Rumors, “deal whispers,” and interoffice gossip may not be a communication method that comes to mind when looking at this week’s title: “Integration via Communication.” However, these forms of communication can be one of the most important influences on an organization’s morale and productivity. The power that rumors encompass is a familiar concept to many of today’s adults. Growing up, school-yard gossip could be heard as students walked to their classes or congregated at lunch. Today’s businesses can find employees discussing grievances, speculation, and even malicious gossip in each other’s office, at the water cooler, and through e-mail. Social media has contributed to the power of rumors by allowing employees to publicly share their fears, insider knowledge and/or discontent to the masses. As in the past, the more provocative or telling a rumor—the faster it spreads. As an HR professional, what can you do to control and manage the rumor mill? Likewise, how can rumors both positively and negatively affect an M&A deal?

This week you are presented with three similar questions that revolve around the power of rumors. Though all overlap in certain aspects, each holds its own power to help or hinder an organization’s M&A process. As an HR professional, it will be up to you to evaluate the influence that these rumors have. Before completing this Discussion, it is important for you to review the media presentation located in this week’s Learning Resources titled, “Rumor Mill.” You can then synthesize this with the information presented in this week’s Learning Resources to better analyze HR’s role in the rumor mill.

For this week’s topic, choose ONE of the following controversial topics presented below and write a one page response referencing the article attached:

·         Issue 1: Do rumors equal reality? Many employees share their perceptions and speculation through “water cooler” gossip. Should employees always use the insights garnered from these “water cooler” discussions as a valuable source of information?

·         Issue 2: Can social media influence a potential M&A? Social media is a popular way to communicate and broadcast everything from personal ideas to headline news. How might employees in an organization use the power of social media to campaign for or against a potential M&A?

 

·         Issue 3: Can HR harness the power of the rumor mill? Some organizations have admitted to releasing certain information prior to an M&A to help start the rumor mill. Why might top executives decide to discreetly share this information before the media does?

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Due By (Pacific Time) 11/25/2014 06:00 pm
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