Too much information?

Regus survey highlights comfort zones of office chat

Irish professionals are more likely to divulge information about their private lives – in particular about their health – to their colleagues than the average global office worker, according to a new survey by flexible workspace provider Regus.

Over half of Irish workers report that they are willing to share anecdotes about their partner, compared to just 38% of Americans and a quarter of French and Germans. Health appears to be a popular topic of office conversation (54%), in stark contrast to American and British offices (20% and 27% respectively).

Over four fifths of the sociable Irish are happy to connect with colleagues on personal social networks, compared to just one fifth of the British and 13% of the French.

However, workers appear less willing to open up about their leisure time, with less than one in ten broadcasting their holiday plans to the office. Half remain tight-lipped when it comes to discussing previous employers, compared to 61% of British workers who admit to gossiping about their old job.

Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus comments: “It appears that Irish office workers are reasonably open about their private lives, and keen to form personal as well as professional relationships with colleagues. This may stem from the fact that we work more flexibly than previous generations, and boundaries between work and home lives are becoming blurred.

“It is clear that conversation comfort zones vary greatly across the globe. Topics that are seen as a polite safe-haven here may be off-limits elsewhere and could potentially cause misunderstandings and offence. Understanding local etiquette is a serious business challenge, not only for people moving overseas with their current employers but also for companies looking to expand into new markets. Cultural knowledge is the cornerstone of success overseas.”

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with a presence in 104 countries. It has business centres in Dublin and Cork.



Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2000 business centres in 104 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 1.8million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

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