Turns out the downturn has spurred an increase in other corporate no-nos:
RUMORMONGERING: More than half the HR managers polled in a recent survey report an increase in office gossip about layoffs.
THEFT: More than a quarter of U.S. firms say they've experienced an increase in workplace theft, mostly of office supplies.
GOOFING OFF: 24 percent of companies report a recent increase in on-the-clock dawdling, like Web surfing and making personal copies on company Xerox machines. Sarah Z. Wexler