Who The Real Gossipers Are In The Workplace

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From Inc.:

In a new study published via Office Pulse by Captivate (a network of nearly 12,000 elevator displays in office buildings across North America), nearly three-quarters of white-collar workers admitted to gossiping about workplace issues or coworkers while at the office.

The Findings
On average, American workers spend about 40 minutes per week gossiping.

More than half (55%) of men admit to gossiping while four in five (79%) women chat at the office. However, men prove to be the bigger blabber-mouths; they spend about one hour a week talking about the juicy stuff, compared to women who gossip just over 30 minutes a week.

Millennials are the most likely to gossip at work (81%), followed by Gen Xers (70%) and Baby Boomers (58%).

Nearly one-third (30%) of professionals said that their boss has specifically asked them for gossip to learn about workplace issues.

More than a quarter (29%) said that office gossip is their “main source of information” about workplace news. That statement was particularly true for Millennials (41%).

As gossip builds up, jealousy increases. Thirty-eight percent of people said they’ve been jealous of a coworker because of their success; that number spikes when looking specifically at Millennial workers (48%).

Whom do you gossip about?
The majority of office gossip relates to specific workplace conflicts between coworkers, management teams, bosses, and clients. Here’s the breakdown per the Office Pulse study:

“That one coworker” – 71%

Executive/Management Team – 44%

My Boss – 34%

Clients – 31%

HR – 20%

Interns – 5%

While gossip has a largely pejorative connotation, these types of conversations aren’t always bad in the right context. Nearly half of respondents (44%) said that office chatter relieves their work-based stress, and 42% of Millennials said that it builds workplace relationships.

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