Workplace gossiping could be good for you, study suggests

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

No matter where you work, you’re always going to stumble upon some office politics.

Whether a person can’t handle their talkative colleague or they’re frustrated by their boss’s leadership skills, you’re nearly always guaranteed to overhear some gossip in the workplace.

And while it’s usually frowned upon for workers to complain when they’re on the job, a new study has totally put that argument to bed.

University of Melbourne researcher Dr. Vanessa Pouthier looked into the workplace gossiping at a hospital in the United States and found some interesting results.

Gossiping at work could actually be good for you. Photo: YouTube

“It helps people to process stress and frustration and you notice palpable changes when team members engaged in both activities,” She said on ABC Radio Perth.

“It allows people to recognise how similar they are in the challenges they’re facing every day and how they feel about them.”

One of the best things she noted about colleauges complaining with each other was that it helped them understand that the stress and demands of their job weren’t just getting to them.

One of the best things noted about colleagues complaining with each other was that it helped them understand that the stress and demands of their job weren’t just getting to them. Photo: Getty Images

“One of the best things in the team I observed, was that these griping rituals helped doctors and nurses realise they were feeling the same way about situations, and they weren’t that different,” she said.

As for bosses who want to shut down whining workers once they get going, Dr Pouthier reckons they have nothing to worry about and it actually helps the team bond.

She claims it also increases productivity and makes people feel better to be able to hash out issues with their colleagues.


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