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通讯员:王柳静    编辑者:陈三    发布时间:2021年05月11日    阅读:    

 

大家好,这里是湖北理工学院外国语学院英语调频广播台,我是主播王柳静,如何处理职场关系是困扰很多人的问题,职场“冷漠”也越来越突出。职场“冷漠”究竟是好事还是坏事呢?凡事有利弊,职场冷漠对不同人来说有不同看法。

首先让我们来了解一下这篇文章里出现的一些重点词汇。

solitary:[ˈsɑːləteri]adj.孤独的

undermine:[ˌʌndərˈmaɪn]v.逐渐削弱

harmony:[ˈhɑːrməni]n.和谐

bolster:[ˈboʊlstər]v.增强

legacy:[ˈleɡəsi]n.遗赠

inclined:[ɪnˈklaɪn ]adj.倾向…的


"Indifferent Relationships" at Work Improves Efficiency

职场“冷漠”关系有利于提高工作效率

When I re-entered the full-time workforce a few years ago after a decade of solitary self-employment,there was one thing I was looking forward to the most: the opportunity to have work friends once again.It wasn't until I entered the corporate world that I realized, for me at least, being friends with colleagues didn't emerge as a priority at all.

几年前,当我结束了十年孤单的自营职业之后,我再次进入全职职场,我最期待的一件事就是有机会再一次在职场上交到朋友。直到我进入公司我才意识到,至少对于我来说,与同事成为朋友根本不是要优先考虑的事情。


This is surprising when you consider the prevailing emphasis by scholars and trainers and managers on the importance of cultivating close interpersonal relationships at work. So much research has explored the way in which collegial ties can help overcome a range of workplace issues affecting productivity and the quality of work output such as team-based conflict, jealousy, undermining, anger, and more.Perhaps my expectations of lunches, water-cooler gossip and caring, deep-and-meaningful conversations were a legacy of the last time I was in that kind of office environment.

如果你想到学者、培训师和管理者普遍强调的在工作中培养亲密人际关系的重要性,那么你会对我的想法感到惊讶。许多研究探索了同事关系如何帮助我们克服一系列影响生产率以及工作产出质量的职场问题,例如团队冲突、嫉妒、破坏、愤怒,等等。也许我对于午餐、茶水间八卦以及体贴、深刻有意义的谈话的期待,是我以前在这种办公室环境下工作留下的后遗症。


Whereas now, as I near the end of my fourth decade, I realize work can be fully functional and entirely fulfilling without needing to be best mates with the people sitting next to you.

In an academic analysis just published in the profoundly-respected Journal of Management, researchers have looked at the concept of "indifferent relationships." It's a simple term that encapsulates the fact that relationships at work can reasonably be non-intimate, inconsequential, unimportant and even, dare I say it, disposable or substitutable.

然而现在,在我人生第四个十年快结束的时候,我意识到你不需要与坐在你旁边的人成为最好的朋友,就可以让你的工作充分发挥作用,且完全令人满足。在刚刚发表在享有盛名的《管理学报》的一篇学术分析中,研究人员已经开始研究“冷漠关系”的概念。这是一个简单的术语,概述了一个事实,即职场关系有理由可以不亲密、微不足道、无关紧要,甚至我敢说可以是一次性或者是可替代的。


Indifferent relationships are neither positive nor negative. The limited research conducted thus far indicates they're especially dominant among those who value independence over cooperation, and harmony over confrontation.Indifference is also the preferred option among those who are socially lazy.Maintaining relationships over the long term takes effort. For some of us, too much effort.

冷漠关系既不是积极的也不是消极的。到目前为止进行的有限的研究表明,冷漠关系在那些重视独立甚于合作、重视和谐甚于对抗的人群中尤为突出。冷漠也是社交懒惰者的首选。维系长期关系是需要付出努力的。对我们中一些人来说,尤其费力。


As noted above, indifferent relationships may not always be the most helpful approach in resolving some of the issues that pop up at work.But there are nonetheless several empirically proven benefits. One of those is efficiency. Less time chatting and socializing means more time working and churning. The other is self-esteem. As human beings, we're primed to compare ourselves to each other in what is an anxiety-inducing phenomenon. Apparently, we look down on acquaintances more so than friends.

但尽管如此,它还是有一些经过验证的好处。其中之一就是效率。用更少的时间闲聊和社交,就意味有更多的时间进行工作和生产。另一个就是自尊。作为人类,我们总是想将自己与其他人进行比较,这是一种引起焦虑的现象。很明显,比起朋友,我们更容易瞧不起泛泛之交。


Since the former is most common among those inclined towards indifferent relationships, their predominance can bolster individuals' sense of self-worth.Ego aside, a third advantage is that the emotional neutrality of indifferent relationships has been found to enhance critical evaluation, to strengthen one's focus on task resolution, and to gain greater access to valuable information. None of that might be as fun as after-work socializing but, hey, I'll take it anyway.

由于泛泛之交在倾向于冷漠关系的人群中更为常见,因此冷漠关系的主导地位能够增强个人的自我价值感。抛开自我不谈,第三个好处就是,人们发现,冷漠关系的情感中立性可以加强批判性评估,增强一个人对任务解决的专注,并且有助于获得更多有价值的信息。这几点可能哪个也不像下班后的社交活动那样有趣,但是,嘿,我还是会这样选择。


摘自2019年6月英语六级阅读题


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