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BY GOKUL BHAGABATI
If you are feeling a little low while working from home despite having all the facilities that one typically gets at the office or, even more, coffee, lunch time or even a short nap at home, it could be because you are missing out on neutral gossiping with colleagues.
Take no offence. In fact, according to experts, gossiping, or simply talking about someone who is not present, need not always be negative — it can also be positive or neutral.
“Interpersonal interactions and communication have always played a key role in people enjoying work — colleagues from work can be a great social support network,” Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare, told IANS.
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“In the current circumstances, it is natural that people are missing out on that interaction and face-to-face contact, which may be leading to a sense of boredom and monotony,” Parikh said.
A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together.
“It is quite that a sudden change of working place will somehow affect the mental status,” said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi.
According to a study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, people gossip for 52 minutes a day on average.
The findings, published recently in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts and younger people engage in more negative gossip than older adults.
Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip, said the research which looked at data from 467 people — 269 women, 198 men — aged between 18 and 58.
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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.
Parikh, however, said that there are no personality types per se that would feel more burdened about working from home.
It is about individual preferences rather than personality types.
“What’s important is that the conversations stay positive and promote togetherness, and not gossip that crosses a line,” he said, adding that banter about day-to-day life helps us stay connected. “But it’s important that it must be with mutual consent and not cross boundaries”.
Those who are missing out on office gossip can take advantage of the digital tools to stay connected and have healthy conversations.
“Given the lockdown situation, it’s a good idea to stay connected with friends and colleagues through individual and group chats and video calls to maintain a positive morale and have meaningful conversations. Social media can also play an important role in this, if we can use these mediums to stay connected, spread optimism and encourage social responsibility,” Parikh elaborated.
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Clinical psychologist Joshi also said that people working from home should do once-a-day group video calls for keeping a lighter mood.
Missing office environment by people working from home is quite normal.
“At the same time, getting anxiety, stress and sudden reactions are also obvious. Fortunately we have the Internet and other virtual world facilities to get connected with friends and colleagues. They are suggested to do once a day group video calls for lighter mood,” Joshi said.
“Proper scheduling and per day project can help to deal with this situation,” she noted.
For example, apart from official work, take one task in hand to accomplish. It can be household chores or any other activity, which will give a feeling of accomplishment, she said. (IANS)
Groove to the latest wedding song, Say Yes To The Dress India, with the king of Music, Badshah, who for the first time, will be donning five never seen before avatars including that of an event manager, pandit, chef, rapper and a fashion designer in the music video displaying an Indian wedding. The song will be available on all leading audio streaming services.
Joining him as the female lead singer is Payal Dev and the track is composed by Aditya Dev, produced by The Content Team. Highly celebrated Punit J Pathak has choreographed it. The video showcase real-time brides but also successfully brings out the show's core theme of fun, celebration and giving each bride the attention they deserve. While the show is visually mesmerizing, the rapper's newest wedding track is sure to get one swaying, making its way to the top of your playlist!
It's always a fun time working with Badshah and this song is nothing less than magic to the ears. Since we thoroughly enjoy this track ourselves, I am sure the audiences too will give it just the amount of love it deserves", said Singer Payal Dev. Neeraj Sharma, Founder and Principal producer of The Content Team said, "We at 'TCT' believe in coming up with creative solutions that bring audiences closer to the content. Buoyed by the recent successes of some of the prestigious singing reality shows in India, we have a fair understanding of what consumers are looking forward to in the music industry. We are thrilled to bring to you the biggest shaadi blockbuster of the year." (IANS/ MBI)
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Rapper Cardi B has been named Playboy's first-ever creative director in residence. The 'WAP' hitmaker took to social media to share the news, which will see her become the very first person to be creative director in residence of the iconic brand, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Sharing the news on Instagram, she said: "Introducing the FIRST EVER Creative Director In Residence at the legendary @playboy, it's ME!!! Joining the @playboy family is a dream and I know y'all are going to love what we put together. "I'm startin this party right as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of Centerfold the new creator-led platform from Playboy coming soon!! We're going to have soooooo much fun."
According to a press release obtained by People magazine, Cardi's role will involve providing "artistic direction" across the Playboy brand. | IANS
According to a press release obtained by People magazine, Cardi's role will involve providing "artistic direction" across the Playboy brand. The release stated: "Cardi will provide artistic direction across co-branded fashion and sexual wellness merchandise collections, digital editorial, experiential activations and more. "In addition, Cardi B will serve as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of Playboy's upcoming creator-led platform, Centerfold."
According to People, Centerfold is expected to launch this month and will be Playboy's social content platform that will offer creators tools to directly interact with fans. In the release, 29-year-old Cardi said: "It is a dream come true to officially join the Playboy family. I can't believe this is real. For as long as I can remember, I've felt connected to Playboy. It's truly the original platform for uncensored creativity and I'm inspired by its incredible legacy of fighting for personal freedoms. I have so many ideas already - I can't wait! "I'm also excited to launch our new creator-led platform, Centerfold. Creators today deserve to express themselves freely and unfiltered. They deserve to feel safe in their creativity and sexuality. And they deserve to own their future. "This is what Centerfold is all about. For all those creators out there doing bold, revolutionary, truly culture-shifting things, come join me." (IANS/ MBI)
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As the Omicron variant threat looms, Google is reconsidering its plans to ask full-time employees to return to offices by January 10. According to an email from Google VP Chris Rackow, seen by CNBC, Google will not be requiring its employees to return to offices on January 10 as expected after all. The company has changed its return to work plans several times as the pandemic evolved.
In August, when the delta variant was a top concern, Google had announced plans for hybrid return-to-work till January 10, 2022. Rackow said in the email that full-time employees will wait until the new year to assess when US offices can safely return to a "stable, long-term working environment. "None of the US locations will adopt the hybrid working mandate on January 10 as planned," he added. Rackow said that Google will allow specific locations to decide their timelines for returning their respective local workforces to the office.
Apple is reportedly asking employees to return to offices starting February 1 as part of a hybrid work pilot who will be able to work remotely for four weeks a year. After the first US case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant was reported in California, the federal government was set to announce a bunch of measures to help counter the virus, including campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, additional testing requirements for travellers entering the country from abroad and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people. International travellers coming to the US will have to test within a day of departure, regardless of vaccination status, rather than the 72 hours currently required for vaccinated travellers, under new protocols early next week. The new testing rules will apply both to US citizens and foreign nationals entering the country. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Office, Google, Omicron variant, apple, january, employees)