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Crude Behavior at Work Is Counterproductive

Crude Behavior at Work Is CounterproductiveBe careful of that raunchy joke that gets all the laughs. As funny as folks at work may find it, it’s probably hurting morale.

That’s one conclusion of a new paper from the Journal of Applied Psychology.

The study’s authors looked at the effect of sexual behavior in the workplace such as sexual jokes, innuendo, discussions of sexual matters or flirtation. And in a research first, they investigated if men and women got anything positive out of the behavior, such as enjoyment and social bonding.

They found that some employees enjoyed sexual behavior in the workplace – 25 percent of those exposed to it found it fun and flattering while half were neutral. But even employees who enjoyed the behavior tended to withdraw from work, felt less valued and reported depressive symptoms more often than employees who experienced little to no sexual behavior at the office.

The results were found among both women and men, working in manufacturing, social service and university jobs.

“We approached the study with an open mind,” said Prof. Jennifer Berdahl of the Rotman School, who co-authored the study with Prof. Karl Aquino of the Sauder School.

“We thought, ‘Maybe these behaviors are a positive thing for employees who enjoy them.’ And then we found that they weren’t.”

Prof. Berdahl suggested the study’s findings should be treated as “sage advice” for employees and employers to avoid engaging in sexual behavior while on the job.

“In our culture, sexuality has these connotations of domination, subordinance and vulnerability,” she said.

“Often a dominating behavior is a way of making someone squirmy. Why bring this into the workplace?”

Source: Rotman School of Management

Crude Behavior at Work Is Counterproductive

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Crude Behavior at Work Is Counterproductive. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/04/07/crude-behavior-at-work-is-counterproductive/5192.html

 

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