Many of us put on a “game face” when we arrive at the office. However, being superficially conservative has been linked to lower levels of job satisfaction, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Houston and George Mason University.
“The workplace is becoming a much more diverse place, but there are still some individuals who have difficulty embracing what makes them different, especially while on the job,” says Michelle Hebl, a psychology professor at Rice.
The study also discovered that when participants felt more comfortable to be themselves at work without fear of discrimination, they formed stronger relationships.
“I think this study really demonstrates that everyone can have a role in making the workplace more inclusive,” Hebl says. “Individuals tell co-workers, who can act as allies and react positively, and organizations can institute protective and inclusive organizational policies.”
— Adapted from “Workplace Authenticity: Hiding Who You Are At Work Linked With Lower Job Satisfaction,” The Huffington Post.