Study: Your Rude Coworker is Ruining Your Life, Not To Mention Everyone Else’s

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A recent study found that work might not be all that you’re taking home with you at the end of the day.

Research published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that people who are regularly stressed out by the office jerk are more likely to take that stress home with them — and pass it on to whoever is unfortunate enough to be cohabiting with them.

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“Employees who experience such incivility at work bring home the stress, negative emotion and perceived ostracism that results from those experiences, which then affects more than their family life – it also creates problems for the partner’s life at work,” Dr. Merideth J. Ferguson, the study’s author, said in a press release.

The study surveyed 190 full-time employees, as well as their working partners, and basically found that stress, much a like an out of control virus, spreads around endlessly infecting people. Of course we could just all start being nicer to one another and not taking things out on others. Call us dreamers, but we think we’re on to something. (via Village Voice)

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