How to handle an office Romance ?Posted by MydeaMedia
The researchers think that their work could have implications for boosting the number of women in the areas in which they are under-represented, such as science, technology and engineering.
Their experiment involved getting 150 men and women - all undergraduate students - to take part in an exercise which they were told was about team work. They had 10 minutes to tackle 12 maths problems.
Some of them were looked up and down by an interviewer of the opposite sex as they entered the room - with intermittent glances also being made at the ladies' boobs.
The "objectified" people also had written feedback that they "looked good" before they took the test.
Women who were leered at got less than five questions right on average, while those who were not scored an average of six.
Lead researcher Dr Sarah Gervais said: "It creates this vicious cycle for women in which they’re under-performing in maths or at work, but they’re continuing to want to interact with the person who’s making them under-perform in the first place."
1. Is it worth risking your job?
2. Do you really fancy him?
3. What's his relationship status?
4. Is it a fling or the real thing?
You wish the weekends away, spring out of bed on Monday mornings, spend more money on office attire than going-out clothes, get butterflies when he catches your eye, “go to the loo” (via his desk) every five minutes… all the signs say it’s love. But be aware lust can mimic the feelings we associate with love. So take time to get to know each other – and be sure he feels the same - before you utter those three little words.
5. Who's on top?
6. What's his love-life CV?
7. Are you getting the space you need?
8. Could your inbox be used against you?
9. Can you handle the gossip?
10. Could you survive a break-up?
It was exciting when it started, fun while it lasted, but now that it’s ended you can’t stand the sight of each other. The problem with inter-office break-ups is that you don’ get the natural ‘cold turkey’ period to lick your wounds. As a result, no matter how things ended you both need to be grown-ups and agree to be civil and promise not to discuss the matter with your colleagues.
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