In exchange they can get a reduced or no sentence. Federal prosecutors are skilled at creating tipping points.
Superiors can award the betrayal with promotions.
Other professional relationships can be enhanced.
A romantic interest can begin to gallop.
So, the growing question in our litigious and economically Darwinian world is: Can there be such an entity as a "close-mouthed" colleague, in 2014?
Human beings are wired to bare their souls. That's why we crave intimacy. And perhaps that's why we assume it exists when it really doesn't. The corridors of the workplace are littered with the betrayed. Those not betrayed often have nightmares of that happening.
So, we have learned to seek out therapists, executive coaches, psychics, priests, ministers, and the rabbi. Business for them is brisk.
But it wasn't always this way. Back in the days of affluence and before the era of greed is good, peers trusted one another.
The badmouthing of our immediate superiors and the brass in the Executive Communications unit of Chevron never went beyond our little group. One senior member whose office was next to a middle manager would answer his phone, when he knew it was one of us, "A___hole Corner." The department and each of our careers thrived.
Would law firms generate higher PPPs if it were possible to confide to at least a few others in the office? Bearing one's soul when one needs to can enhance the collective and individual work performance.