When you send dirty text to your boss, you risk losing the job.
But a new study from University of Melbourne has found that if the person sending you a dirty text wants to keep the job, that’s exactly the sort of behaviour that is best for the business.
The research, by senior researcher Dr. Paul Lips, examined how well bosses would treat dirty text messaging, whether it was in the form of a private message, a personal message, or a work email.
The researchers also looked at whether people who had sent dirty texts were less likely to return to the workplace.
What they found was that those who were most likely to continue working in a dirty environment were those who had also been receiving inappropriate text messages.
When they looked at the overall work environment, they found that people who were the most likely have been sending inappropriate text to the same people, whether that was from a colleague or an ex-employee.
“In the past, it has been assumed that dirty texts are more likely to be ignored, ignored, or ignored inappropriately,” Dr. Lips said.
“However, our research shows that in the workplace, dirty texts do get ignored or ignored inappropriately.”
It’s important to recognise that inappropriate text is just one aspect of the wider workplace culture and should be dealt with appropriately.
“He said the research is just the latest in a series of studies examining how dirty texting affects the workplace environment.”
Our research shows the impact of being the target of a dirty message is a lot bigger than you think,” Dr Lips explained.”
This is a workplace where you are interacting with colleagues, with family members, with colleagues of colleagues, and you are the target.
“You are being harassed, and being told inappropriate things, and this affects your ability to perform.”
What do the researchers make of the findings?
The study found that managers were most willing to tolerate a dirty employee’s behaviour if it was the behaviour that they wanted to maintain, rather than the behaviour they didn’t want to tolerate.
However, if the dirty employee was acting on their own, they were most interested in keeping the dirty worker.
Dr. Lipp said that the study’s results could not be used to dismiss dirty texting behaviour.
“There are still a lot of people who don’t recognise that there’s a direct link between being the victim of a behaviour and being able to avoid that behaviour,” he said.
“The dirty worker is not just the person that is behaving badly but the one that is getting harassed, who is being belittled and who is receiving inappropriate texts, and who has not responded to the harassment.”
Dr. Paul said he had seen a number of cases where dirty text message behaviour had been tolerated, but the company did not act on the behaviour.
Dr Lips believes that companies need to change how they treat dirty texts, so that dirty text does not lead to a backlash.
“One of the big challenges for businesses in this digital age is that it’s difficult to find people to take on dirty work, and to find the right people who will take on those roles,” he explained.”[The dirty workers] are the people who are actually getting targeted in this workplace environment.”
He added that it was important to understand the impact dirty text had on a workplace, rather the behaviour itself.
“We can’t just assume that someone who sends dirty text is the person who is going to be the person to blame for the company’s failings,” Dr Rachael said.