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.
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.
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”.
“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.
“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.
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