The famous quote claims the only thing in life worse than being talked about, is not being talked about - and a new study may have proved this to be the case, Daily Mail reports.
Being ignored at work has been found to be worse for a person's health than people who are harassed or bullied.
Researchers found that while most consider ostracism less harmful than bullying, feeling excluded is significantly more likely to lead job dissatisfaction, quitting and health problems.
"We've been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable - if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all," said University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business Professor Sandra Robinson, who co-authored the study.
"But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they're not worthy of any attention at all."
The researchers used a series of surveys for their study.
Firstly, they determined that people consistently rate workplace ostracism as less socially inappropriate, less psychologically harmful and less likely to be prohibited than workplace harassment.
Additional surveys revealed people who claimed to have experienced ostracism were significantly more likely to report a degraded sense of workplace belonging and commitment, a stronger intention to quit their job, and a larger proportion of health problems.
The researchers also took an employment survey, taken by a Canadian university, which included feedback on feelings of workplace isolation and harassment and compared it to turnover rates three years after the survey was conducted.
This found that people who reported feeling ostracized were significantly more likely to have quit.
"There is a tremendous effort underway to counter bullying in workplaces and schools, which is definitely important. But abuse is not always obvious," continued Robinson.
"There are many people who feel quietly victimised in their daily lives, and most of our current strategies for dealing with workplace injustice don't give them a voice."
More Than Half Of Women Are Bullied At Work, Claims Study: More than half of women are bullied or harassed at work - often by members of their own sex, a major poll has revealed.
Based on interviews with nearly 23,000 women and more than 2,000 men, the survey is the largest of its kind in the UK.
It revealed that the biggest enemy facing women in the office or other workplace is often other women, rather than their male colleagues.
Women who had been bullied by a member of their own sex said they felt they may have been targeted because their senior colleague felt threatened by their abilities.
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