The most Googled workplace queries

The UK’s employees have been busy Googling all sorts of workplace queries. Here’s what’s most on their minds…

Viking has conducted research across a number of professional concerns. This includes questions about bosses, in addition to items related to ‘managers, colleagues and workplaces.’

Workplace queries: about your boss

It appears that employees are largely Googling topics that they may need to discuss with their boss, as the top three search results include:

  1. Bullying
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Leaving the company

There are also some concerning results, with regular searches for:

  • ‘Can my boss watch me on CCTV from home? (170 searches each month)
  • ‘How to kill your boss’ (one can only hope this is in jest, with 140 searches each month)
  • And ‘does my boss fancy me?’ (also 140 searches per month)

‘Do I have to invite my boss to my wedding?’ conversely only receives 10 searches a month.

Reassuringly, 76% of Google searches regarding bosses are actually deemed ‘positive’ in nature.

Workplace queries: about your colleagues

As for the nation’s queries about their colleagues, the top findings include:

  1. ‘How to resolve conflict with a colleague?’ (50 searches a month)
  2. ‘How to work with a colleague who undermines you?’ (also 50 searches a month)
  3. And ‘can I refuse to work with a colleague?’ (30 monthly searches)

Here are the top keywords used in relation to colleagues:

  1. Like
  2. Complaint
  3. Crush
  4. Fancy
  5. Complain
  6. Hate
  7. Conflict
  8. Attract

Unsurprisingly, many of these words have a strong interpersonal connotation – whether good or bad!

On the subject of good versus bad, only 59% of Google searches about colleagues are considered positive. This number falls to 45% when it comes to searches about an employee’s ‘work or workplace’.

A reminder to all:

Just as you should be wary of the perils of using Doctor Google for your medical queries, be selective about the workplace advice you find and follow!

ACAS provides a free and confidential phone service for ‘any kind of dispute or query that you have about relationship issues within the workplace.’ You could also seek out the advice of a trusted HR and/or recruitment partner.

Want to work with a team that you feel more suited to? Visit our jobs page for the latest opportunities in the Bath and Wiltshire regions. 



Overcoming the Sunday Scaries

Do you suffer from the Sunday Scaries? If so, you’re one of the 2/3 of Britons experiencing the same…

This term, also regularly interchanged with the ‘Sunday Blues’ and the ‘Sunday night fear,’ describes the poor mood and/or anxiety that sets in ahead of the new working week.

It’s been found that many workers lose most of their Sundays to their work-based worries. Unresolved work tasks, thoughts of horrible commutes and unpleasant colleagues currently top the list of concerns.

People are engaging in a number of numbing behaviours in response to this. Alcohol and junk food appear to be among the common distraction tools.

Why are so many people affected by the Sunday Scaries?

Unsurprisingly, poor job satisfaction levels appear to be at the root of the phenomenon. It’s stated that more than 2 million British workers actually think about leaving their jobs daily. That’s 7% of the national workforce.

Professionals are experiencing high levels of stress and feel the burden of their employer’s expectations and workloads.

The evidence also shows that many people are working weekends and when they should be on leave.

How to overcome the Sunday Scaries…

Learn to recognise what’s under your control. If there’s something you can change – such as planning more enjoyable activities for your weekend – then do what you can to change it!

The same applies to anything under your control at work. Can you speak with someone about your workload, is there another method of travel you can use, is there anything you can do to improve your workplace relationships?

On a personal note, make sure you’re supporting your physical and mental health as best as you can.

Each change adds up! We hope this advice helps. If you’re ready for a fresh start, our Jobs page is the place to begin! Meanwhile, let us know how you overcome your Sunday anxiety over on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn