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.

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