Bonding among female co-workers reduces conflict

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New Delhi: A recent study has found that strong bonding between female co-workers can increase company’s productivity as it helps reduce chances of conflicts among female employees.

The study published in INFORMS journal Organisation Science says, when employers encourage an office environment that supports positive and social relationships between women co-workers, especially in primarily male dominated organisations, they are less likely to experience conflict among women employees.

“While gender diversity and inequality are well documented topics in management, sociology and labour economics, few have looked closely at the gendered negative relationships within the workplace from a social relationship perspective,” said Jennifer Merluzzi of George Washington University.

According to author, women usually finds another woman as a difficult co-worker than a man.

The study “Gender and Negative Work Ties: Exploring Difficult Work Relationships Within and Across Gender at Two Firms” conducted by Merluzzi showed that unique gendered network characteristics can help organisational leaders anticipate potential trouble spots within their firms where gendered conflict may erupt.

“Understanding the relational side of conflict also bears practical importance as companies increasingly organise using diverse teams, heightening the reliance on informal ties between and within gender to get work accomplished.” Merluzzi added.