Office Cliques Cause Workplace Problems

Office Cliques Cause Workplace Problems

Office Cliques Cause Workplace Problems

Group Session  43% of workers surveyed said their workplace is populated by cliques.

Did you think that once you got a professional job you'd work with people who were above all the petty nonsense that took place when you were in high school? Did you think you'd outgrow those awful social cliques that dominated your younger years? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but a recent survey from CareerBuilder reveals that a significant percentage of professionals said that cliques exist at their company. And a large number of them indicated that they've either done something they weren't interested in—or didn't want to do at all—just to fit in. And at least one of those activities is considered harmful to one's health. "While it's human nature to associate with peers who possess similar personality types and characteristics, the presence of cliques can be counterproductive in the workplace," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "We see more managers using team-building activities or assembling people from different groups to work on projects to help discourage behaviors that can alienate others." Nearly 3,000 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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