Do you keep problems to yourself for fear of being seen as rude, negative or downright mean? You’re not alone. In a recent survey by Fierce Inc., eight of 10 full-time workers in the U.S. said they don’t speak up about issues because of a desire to seem “nice.”
This concern for niceness occurs across organizational levels and in both genders. “As humans, we do crave connection, and this idea of our wanting to be liked and building relationships is very core, I think, to the human condition,” says Stacey Engle, president of Fierce.