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Research Lists the Top Work-Related Autocompletes

You type "my job is" into Google and, before you can type another word, Google Autocompletes the phrase for you. Now a workplace researcher Down Under has compiled a list of the top work-related Autocompletes!

In October 2014, an adjunct research fellow at Australia's Swinburne University of Technology began Googling workplace-related phrases such as "my workplace is," "my job is," "going to work is," "work is," "my boss," and "my workmates" to see how Google would automatically complete each phrase. He ran the same word searches every month for the next year.

So, what did Google Autocomplete reveal about our global workplace? Without further ado, here are the top Autocomplete search results for each phrase:

1. My workplace is...unsafe. Yes, "unsafe" was the top Autocomplete result, followed by "making me sick" and "toxic." Cough.

2. My workmates...don't like me. Feeling on the outs with our co-workers is a common refrain worldwide, unfortunately. "My workmates hate me" ranked second, while "My workmates are lazy" rounded out the top three Autocomplete phrases in this category.

3. My job is...boring. Trying to stay awake on the job is a big part of the shared, global job experience. "My job is so boring" ranked second on the Autocomplete list, while "My job is killing me" ranked third.

4. Work is...making you numb. We're all just going through the motions, if Google Autocomplete is any indication. "Stressing me out" came in second, followed by "depressing." On that note...

5. Going to work is...depressing. It's also a "waste of time," which ranked second in the Autocomplete search results. Maybe we can work in a little bit of productive online shopping during work hours to stay motivated?

6. My boss...hates me. No matter where we are, we seem to think our supervisor doesn't like us very much. We also think our boss doesn't work very hard ("My boss is lazy" ranked second) or tends to be a big meanie ("My boss is bullying me" ranked third). Sigh.

At this point, we'll need to pause and Google ways to cheer ourselves up! Is there anything positive to say about the shared human workplace Autocomplete experience?

Curious, I Googled the phrase "The best thing about my job is" to find that the top Autocomplete result was -- wait for it, wait for it! -- "that the chair spins." That's right, everyone. The best thing about my job is that the chair spins.

The researcher is quick to point out that we shouldn't conclude the global workplace is "unsafe," for example, simply because this phrase topped the Autocomplete result list. Good point; there is only so much we can infer from research.

Still, this amalgamation of adroit Autocomplete analysis might offer some insight into the state of workplace morale worldwide. To this lazy workplace blogger, it's an intriguing, awesome bit of online research. Okay, I'll go back to spinning around in my office chair now.


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