Study: Swedes 'more emotional' at work

Karen Holst
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Study: Swedes 'more emotional' at work

A recent survey conducted by Manpower reveals that Swedes are breaking down the barriers between their work and private lives by showing more emotion on the job, even in front of top management.


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.

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.


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