Sometimes we need to vent about the place we work. Whether it's the long hours you put in, an unreasonable boss, or lack of recognition for your efforts -- every workplace has enough fuel to ignite that frustration.
Good news is, this workplace complaining is actually beneficial to your mental well-being and to the productivity in the office.
Vanessa Pouthier, a researcher at the University of Melbourne in Australia, studied a team of nurses and health professionals at a hospital in the United States and found that there are actually benefits to these kinds of complaining sessions.
Pouthier observed the joking (and complaining) that went on for 12 months and realized "it helps people to process stress and frustration," Pouthier told ABC.
No matter what kind of environment you work in, there will always be a corner of the office or the lunch room, where a small (or large) collective of employees are venting to some degree.
"Generally, people don't think there's any value to it," Pouthier says. But this common activity in every workplace was so under researched, she had to look into other fields, such as linguistics, to better understand its functions.
Whether it's politely debating the effectiveness of how an office runs, or complaining about the bosses, Pouthier found these gripes served as a bonding function and can even re-energize a workplace, helping staff work through their negative feelings.
"It allows people to recognize how similar they are in the challenges they're facing every day and how they feel about them," she says.