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Hey! Have you heard of ‘hey hanging’?

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Has a colleague ever messaged you “Hey,” without added context? Pretty anxiety-inducing, huh?

Well, the act of sending a short greeting via text without any context has a name, “hey hanging,” and according to Jenni Bedell, HR consulting practice leader at One Digital, it can create anxiety for the recipient.

Anxiety disorders affect over 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Bedell shared with HR Brew why workers might hey hang, and how people pros can help keep it at bay.

Why it’s happening. Bedell told HR Brew that managers may see hey hanging as a replacement for office small

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