Hey, ya dumb jerk! Shut up and listen to me! Research shows that workplace rudeness is contagious.
"No, you're a buttface!" (via Thinkstock)
You know how you go home at the end of the day and rant and rave to your significant other and/or pet and/or poster of Ryan Gosling about that big rude jerk who keeps bugging you at work? Turns out the problem might actually be you. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers have discovered that workplace rudeness is as contagious as that cold everyone in the office has.
According to an article about the study from the University of Florida, where the study took place, doo-doo-head behavior led to more doo-doo-head behavior:
The study tracked 90 graduate students practicing negotiation with classmates. Those who rated their initial negotiation partner as rude were more likely to be rated as rude by a subsequent partner, showing that they passed along the first partner's rudeness. The effect continued even when a week elapsed between the first and second negotiations.
And it gets worse — the rudeness affected not just the people in the negotiation, but also people watching it. These onlookers (aka "lookie-loos," which I'm pretty sure is the scientific name for them) were also more likely to be rude to others. And everybody was generally tolerant of workplace rudeness, despite the fact that it "has an incredibly powerful negative effect on the workplace," according to doctoral student and study co-author Trevor Foulk.
So, the next time someone at work is a big jerk face to you, turn the other cheek. And by that, I mean "turn the other cheek and either save your complaints until you get home or complain about them to strangers on the Internet instead of being rude to their face."