Worried that someone at work might be stealing your good ideas? Relax. It doesn’t happen as often as you think.
A study in the current issue of the Academy of Management Journal discovered employees have nothing to gain from hiding their insights from co-workers, and just end up hurting themselves by doing so. The study’s authors said employees should reconsider and be careful about hiding knowledge from their peers, because what goes around comes around.
“More specifically, employees who intentionally hide more knowledge seem bound to receive such selfish behavior in return from their co-workers, which will ultimately hurt them and decrease their creativity,” the researchers wrote in the study.