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Office Gossip: Aussies’ favourite subjects for work chitchat

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New research released today by global workplace provider Regus reveals the personal details Australian professionals are willing to talk about at work – with holidays being the top talking point for both women (86%) and men (80%).

The survey, which canvassed more than 22,000 respondents across 100 countries, found that men are more likely to talk about their previous job (58%) compared to women (49%) and interestingly, they are more likely to share anecdotes about their children (59%) compared to their female counterparts (50%). Women on the other hand are significantly more likely to share details about their pets (63%) compared to 52% of men.

While both men and women generally avoid talking about their love life, women are more forthcoming and more likely to share intimate details (14%) than men (9%).

Top gossip subjects at work for women

  1. Holiday plans
  2. Anecdotes about pets
  3. Diet and exercise tips
  4. Anecdotes about partners
  5. Anecdotes about children

Top gossip subjects at work for men

  1. Holiday plans
  2. Anecdotes about children
  3. Anecdotes about previous job
  4. Anecdotes about pets
  5. Diet and exercise tips

The data also reveals how people in various cities around the country are more vocal in sharing certain topics in the office. The research shows that Melbournians are the most likely to share details about their holiday plans with colleagues, while Sydney-siders lead the way when it comes to talking about health. Those in Perth are more likely than other cities to talk about their children, while in Adelaide, people love talking about their pets.

 

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Perth

Adelaide

Anecdotes about pets

52%

55%

59%

61%

69%

Anecdotes about children

51%

59%

58%

75%

62%

Anecdotes about partner

47%

44%

44%

41%

45%

Anecdotes about previous job

55%

58%

52%

58%

48%

Details about health

31%

25%

26%

29%

24%

Source: Regus

Interestingly, employees in smaller businesses (0-49 employees) are less likely to talk about their holiday plans (79%) and their previous job (52%) compared to 92% and 62% of those working in big businesses (250+ employees), respectively.

However employees in larger firms are in fact less likely to share their personal social media contact details with their colleagues (12%) compared to 20% of SME employees.

Commenting on the study, CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “Whether it’s discussing holidays or sharing fitness tips, sharing personal information is a great way to build rapport with fellow colleagues. In today’s busy workplace it’s easy to forget the importance of getting to know one another and building up good relationships.”

“More and more businesses are realising that these personal and professional interactions give birth to valuable ideas and build strong teams. It is therefore important for employers to support collaboration amongst teams and create environments for remote or flexible workers to ensure they feel like part of the team. To ensure the art of communication is not lost in the changing workplace environment, Regus offers an environment where collaboration is possible with co-working spaces, business lounges, virtual desktops and meeting rooms at over 60 locations across Australia, which can facilitate collaborative working and build relationships with fellow workers.”

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About Regus:

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2000 business centres in 101 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au