HR Survey Finds Office Workers Gossiping
ΓÇ£The office has changed,ΓÇ¥ says Jenni Morgan. ΓÇ£Many workers are having more fun and offices have become less formal.ΓÇ¥
Jenni Morgan is the Trade Marketing Manager for Mars Drinks Office Connections (MDOC), a company whose latest survey indicates that more is being shared at the office than many may previously have thought.
The survey interviewed 2,000 office workers of which 400 work in Human Resources, the department trusted with the most private workplace information.
The research found that 38% of HR professionals have shared confidential information from fellow colleagues with the rest of the office.
MDOC also found an average 29 minutes of the day are being spent talking about non-work related subjects. The most talked-about of these is family, followed by whatΓÇÖs been watched on TV and celebrity gossip.
HR workers ΓÇô who perhaps understand more than most what constitutes inappropriate workplace behaviour ΓÇô also revealed the following statistics:
ΓÇó 55% consider kisses on work emails acceptable
ΓÇó 73% approve of smiley faces and emoticons
ΓÇó 75% deem the terms ΓÇÿbabeΓÇÖ, ΓÇÿloveΓÇÖ and ΓÇÿpetΓÇÖ inappropriate
In communicating with their colleagues throughout the company, 64% believe technology hasnΓÇÖt made it any easier to contact people although one in three prefer to phone or email when discussing a work-related topic.
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