Rumors and the governmentUnfortunately rumors can be just as lethal as a bomb, and they have to be stopped the minute you hear them.
Rumors are used in psyhcological warfare to great extents. They have been used to topple governments in various countries and are used by the media everyday in every country around the world, watch the major t.v. stations and you'll see the shows.
I dont allow this in my kitchens, never have and never will, I've been in this business for 37 years and I was taught by chefs since the age of 13 that it shouldn't be tolerated. If I overhear something my senses kick in, depending on the topic I either stop it right there with that individual in a VERY,VERY stearn manner or I start watching production of the individuals involved in the rumor. The minute I see something out of place e.g. one of them comes to work late and never has before; or starts going against procedures, etc; or starts disagreeing with others I step in, have a staff meeting and drop the hammer on them. "I don't mind everyone discussing where they went this past weekend, or what they did and whom they did it with, as long as you don't mind it however, 1 week ago I overheard one of you stating such and such about so and so, I'm going to make this statement one time and one time only, I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE TALK ABOUT IT FROM THIS POINT ON!
I spent twenty+ years in the military and have worked in kitchens from Korea to Germany, and all over the U.S. both civilian and military and it is no different anywhere. There is always somebody trying to start something about someone or something. Let them talk and have fun, when it gets personal or I hear something about my operation I nip it in the bud immediately. If you let it go on you are taking the chance of being labled as non chalant or non caring espicially if it gets out of hand and the topic concerns another employee.