'Busy Bragging'. It's like humble bragging, but without the fake humility. And much like humble bragging, your co-workers absolutely hate you for busy bragging.

'Busy Bragging' is the latest toxic workplace behavior that's been given a label. If it's label-official, then it officially SUCKS...and if you don't have a co-worker who does this, then I've got bad news for you...

Busy Bragging: Being Inundated With Work Isn't a Flex to Show Off

Photo by krakenimages/Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash/Canva
Photo by krakenimages/Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash/Canva

Thinking that being buried in responsibilities somehow equals being dedicated and loyal to your job is the career-equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome.

Thank you, sir, may I please have another!

And if you're a Busy Bragger, you should know that your co-workers hate you and think you're an idiot, which is the exact opposite of a Busy Bragger's intent. Your co-workers will also feel less inclined to help you with your overabundance of All The Things.

Busy Braggers Are Stress Superspreaders

As if being a Busy Bragger wasn't enough, your bragging can be infectious: co-workers might feel the need to let their work cups runneth over to try to keep up, which can lead to workplace burnout.

Be Genuine, Even If You're Stressed

The study differentiates between Busy Braggers and workers who are legitimately stressed out. So if you're actually stressing about your responsibilities and need to vent to a confidant, don't feel like you have to hold back to avoid being seen as a Busy Bragger. Busy Braggers try to build themselves up by pretending that they're stressed out.

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