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Study: Swedes 'more emotional' at work

Karen Holst · 5 Nov 2011, 12:54

Published: 05 Nov 2011 12:54 GMT+01:00

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According to the study, the most common emotions expressed between a manager and employee are laughing out loud together, talking openly about feelings or sharing information about private relationships, reported Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Manpower’s Work Life survey, with 8,000 participants, showed that as many as 40 percent responded that they had hugged a boss, while 20 percent have cried in front of their boss and about one third had spoken badly of their boss to another colleague.

On the flip side, one in five managers had flirted with an employee while only 20 percent of employees say they have ever flirted at work, the newspaper reported.

Although conflict-related emotions and flirt levels vary depending on the industry, advertising and public relations emerged as the top ill-speakers, most flirtatious and most emotionally expressive fields.

Industries that are dominated by the same gender, such as construction and healthcare, were shown to flirt less while those involved with research and development were less prone to being emotionally expressive during work hours.

The study also concluded that people choose to be more open and emotional as a means of developing a closer relationship with management and vice versa.

There were 8,000 respondents to this year’s Manpower Work Life survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the research firm Kairos Future.

Manpower Work Life is the largest working panel in Sweden that continuously communicates what residents think about their job, salary and other aspects of life.

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The panel consists of approximately 20,000 persons total, who respond to current issues in the workplace and represent a sampling of the population, both in age, location.

Karen Holst (kholstmedia@gmail.com)

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16:28 November 5, 2011 by StockholmSam
"On the flip side, one in five managers had flirted with an employee while only 20 percent of employees say they have ever flirted at work, the newspaper reported."

Aren't those both 20%?

Oh, and never, ever, ever cry in front of your boss. And never, ever, ever speak bad of your boss to a colleague.
18:41 November 5, 2011 by dannydanny
Haha Can I join the panel >>>??
01:56 November 6, 2011 by glamelixir
Ok, so now they become even less professional! They take their emotional life to work, a BIG NONO in any serious corporation. Great.

What about being using your emotional intelligence to speak with your partners before flipping and kicking them out from one moment to another?
13:57 November 6, 2011 by Grokh
isnt this a good thing though? if a work environment is filled with people that trust and know eachother well then people are more likely to feel good at work.

Specially in sweden a place that many people have hard time opening up to anyone.

In portugal workplace usually is filled with people doing everything to screw up eachother even when theres absolutely no point in doing it, resentment ,revenge ,backstabing are things normal in the sectors ive worked in portugal, small groups form against eachother its freaking horrible.

You might get one or two great work friends but the rest is people you only nod, some of which ud gladly feel relived if they got fired because of the soap opera drama they create around themselves.
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