Research by Anglia Ruskin University and Totaljobs has found that whilst women are more likely to experience stress and frustration on the job, men are generally more emotionally invested and experience negative feelings if they miss a deadline.
Dr. Terri Simpkin said: “Men are more likely to report experiencing emotions associated with power, such as anger or pride. In fact, emotions and power are inextricably linked.”
“Not being heard is congruent with lacking in status. Similarly, sadness is associated with a lack of power in social settings such as the workplace.”
According to the Mirror, the findings show how many of us are being “emotionally triggered” by our nine to fives and made to feel a variety of emotions. Men were also found to be twice as likely as women to take criticism to heart or get upset if they feel their ideas are being ignored, with 43 percent resorting to shouting in a bid to blow off steam.
Men are also more likely to take drastic action fueled by emotion, being 20 percent more likely to quit a job when times are tough than women.
Described as The Big Six, researchers found that the work environment either brings people joy, surprise, anger, sadness, disgust or fear, but the biggest cause of these is not work itself, which many would expect, but instead our colleagues.
Dr Simpkin says: “Workplaces are environments of social expectations. There are ‘display rules’ associated with when, where and how much emotion can be shared and by whom. This is one reason why people will suppress their emotions in the workplace: they fear being judged.”
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