Corporate File

A workplace bullshit scale

| Updated on July 18, 2021

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This is no joke. Scholars are actually studying the impact of bullshit in the workplace and on employees. In their paper, This place is Full of It: Towards an Organizational Bullshit Perception Scale, researchers Caitlin Ferreira, David Hannah, Ian McCarthy, Leyland Pitt and Sarah Lord Ferguson talk about how they created a scale to gauge perceptions of the extent of organisational bullshit that exists in a workplace. According to them organisational bullshit involves three factors — regard for truth, the boss and bullshit language. The authors assert that their scale is practical and HR can use it to serve as a checklist to assess the extent of bullshit that exists within a company.

Published on July 18, 2021

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