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Don’t say this to your boss: survey

The hardest person to communicate with in the office is a boss of the same gender, according to 42.5 percent of 405 company employees surveyed by job-search portal site Career on Friday.

Next came bosses of the same gender, with 38.8 percent, followed by opposite-sex juniors at 7.5 percent and same-sex equals at 3.8 percent.

The survey showed that the most comfortable communication was with same-sex juniors. Only 1.3 percent of the respondents said they were hard to deal with.

The survey was studying communication patterns of Korean company employees.

It also asked what sentiments should not be expressed to one’s current boss.

Criticizing a former boss at a previous workplace topped the list - chosen by 30.9 percent of respondents ? followed by “I told you so” (28.4 percent) and “I don’t feel very well today” (20.9 percent).

When asked what bosses should never say to employees, 29.6 percent replied, “Why can’t you do this properly at your age?” followed by, “I knew it wouldn’t work because you are a man (or a woman)” at 25.9 percent. “Do what I tell you to do” and “Our new recruits are terrible compared to my generation” were also on the list.

The hardest topic of conversation to bring up at work was about bosses or colleagues, according to 27.9 percent of respondents, and talking about parents or families (22.8 percent). Other answers included political inclinations, love lives and hobbies.

But 47.7 percent of the respondents said they don’t have time to talk with colleagues because of heavy workloads and 23.1 percent said they refrain from interactions because they are of no use. Others said they don’t communicate in fear of their privacy being breached.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]

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