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When push comes to shove – you eavesdrop, or at least that is what survey findings are proving.

More than 494 respondents acknowledged an increase in gossips and rumours about downsizing and layoffs within their companies, says a survey conducted by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It also found that  nearly one-quarter of respondents also reported  a considerable jump in cases of employees spying over the last year.

Explains Evren Esen, survey manager at the SHRM,

Everyone is on guard, and they have their ears perked up for any information that may give them a sense of clarity about what’s going on at their organization because people feel threatened and scared, they’re more likely to do things they wouldn’t normally do.

Snooping activities includes listening in on closed-door meetings, peeking at confidential emails or sharing second hand information with colleagues. Although it may seem irresistibly harmless, such banter can in fact turn ugly, especially when false messages circulate. Esen warns that leaked news of upcoming layoffs can dampen morale and foster distrust. Such behaviour also reduces productivity on top of dampening morale.

Executives are reportedly taking an even firmer stand against the spread of confidential information by installing equipment to make eavesdropping harder!

So how far would you go to eavesdrop? Or are Singaporeans too afraid of the consequences at hand to do a little dirty digging? Sometimes you can’t help but overhear stuff, can you? This must be the only time when open-plan offices can be great after all!

Via Inc.

Written by nasirah

February 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm

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