Anonymous Notes at Work are a Bad Idea

Nobody likes having uncomfortable conversations with their co-workers, so many people will put up with something that bothers them rather than confront someone they work with. There are some people who might take the sneaky route and send an anonymous note instead, but that’s never a good way to go. Slate‘s Direct Report explains that the target of an anonymous note, quote, “has to wonder how much weight to give the note and whether it’s serious or a joke, and . . . must suspect each of their co-workers of being the note-leaver.” Not only can anonymous notes be cruel — like one described that a woman got that said she was loud and gossipy — they can make it harder to solve the problem being reported since questions can’t be asked about solutions that might work. Conflicts or dissatisfaction at work require real and transparent conversation, according to Direct Report, which says being able to have those kind of talks, quote, “is as much an essential workplace skill as any other.”