Workplace Gossip: Do You Take Part In It Or Ignore It?
Without a doubt, gossiping is always a common occurrence in the workplace. Whether it’s about personal stuff between employees or about stuff happening on the job, it happens quite often. With that in mind, the folks at Preply.com let us know which types of jobs seem to engage in the most workplace gossip.
The Job Types Where Workplace Gossip Occurs The Most
I must admit, although I hate being involved in any type of gossip, I am guilty of it. Not to mention the times gossip starts off one of my conversations. Sometimes, you just can’t help it. The problem is, most times, workplace gossip is about bad things going on. It often creates negative feelings among employees.
Preply.com actually includes communication on the job which contains complaints and/or gossip. They find that over 60% of employees feel their own motivation and job satisfaction is hurt by listening to negativity at work. Furthermore, 2 in 5 admit to participating in workplace complaints or gossip. It seems that once a person gets into that negative conversation, they align their own speech to conform.
In fact, many employees in the survey say negative communication is allowed with no repercussions. Manufacturing and industrial jobs top the list where the most negative conversations occur. The hospitality and corporate sectors take second and third place.
Once again, the manufacturing and industrial job types also allow the most gossip on the job. However, it’s the retail sector following closely in second place. Hospitality jobs rank third.
Generations Which Feel Pressure To Conform To Negativity On The Job
Moreover, Preply.com adds information about which generations feel the most pressure on the job to conform to a negative conversation at work. Gen Z feels it the most at 41%. Millennials rank second at 39%, with Gen X and Boomers tied for third at 35%.
After all that negativity on the job, do you ever feel the need to vent once you get home? Whether it’s to your partner, a family member, or a friend, many of us do just that. As a matter of fact, according to this survey, we spend an average of 11 minutes a day venting about work. Sometimes you feel the need to release all that workplace angst to put yourself in the right frame of mind to enjoy the rest of your day or evening.
So now what? I guess I’m going to have to pay closer attention to what I talk, text, and email about. None of us want our co-workers feeling that we are the one who spreads negativity.
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