TITLE

Cupid's Cubicle: Co-Workers' Reactions to Workplace Romance Characteristics

AUTHOR(S)
Barratt, Clare L.; Nordstrom, Cynthia R.
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Organizational Psychology;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Workplace romances are commonplace yet widely debated due to organizational policies, roles, and fairness issues. They involve more than just physical attraction and love; promotions, rewards, and access to information may also be shared. Despite such issues, little research has examined reactions to workplace romances. This experimental study examined the impact of power dynamics (hierarchical/ lateral), sexual orientation of romance participants (homosexual/heterosexual), and organizational role of the observer (manager/employee) on reactions. Hierarchical and homosexual (especially lesbian) workplace romances were perceived to have the most negative impact on the work environment. Only managers found heterosexual, lateral romances as problematic. Implications are discussed.
ACCESSION #
82036990

 

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