Firmly embedded within every informal organization are informal groups and the notorious grapevine

Firmly embedded within every informal organization are informal groups and the notorious grapevine

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Firmly embedded within every informal organization are informal groups and the notorious  grapevine; the following list offers descriptions of each: Informal groups. Workers may create an informal group to go bowling, form a union, discuss  work challenges, or have lunch together every day. The group may last for several years or  only a few hours.  Sometimes employees join these informal groups simply because of its goals. Other times,  they simply want to be with others who are similar to them. Still others may join informal  groups simply because they want to be accepted by their coworkers. The grapevine. The grapevine is the informal communications network within an  organization. It is completely separate from — and sometimes much faster than — the  organization's formal channels of communication. 
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Unformatted text preview: Formal communication usually follows a path that parallels the organizational chain of command. By contrast, information can be transmitted through the grapevine in any direction — up, down, diagonally, or horizontally across the organizational structure. Subordinates may pass information to their bosses, an executive may relay something to a maintenance worker, or employees in different departments may share tidbits. Grapevine information may be concerned with topics ranging from the latest management decisions to the results of today's World Series game to pure gossip. The information may be important or of little interest. By the same token, the information on the grapevine may be highly accurate or totally distorted....
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