I am looking for a suitable term for "negative curiosity" that represents the concept of wandering and prying in the workplace. Is there a common word? For example, when an employee is prying into a co-worker, he or she wants to know things he or she is not allowed to know, or when he or she asks questions about his or her co-worker's personal life.

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You might describe such an employee as nosy. This suggests being inquisitive about other people, to the extent that those other people find it intrusive.

  • The answer was good. Thank you May 7, 2022 at 8:49
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