Emotions and Social Networks
We’ve all either have told someone or have been told by someone that “this is not personal it’s business”. The concept of keeping personal stuff personal and work stuff at the workplace is now becoming a thing of the past.
According to the Business Insider you can now throw caution to the wind and blur the lines. They report that our emotions aren’t controlled anyway (even if we are trying to control them) and are already affecting our co-workers. A recent Gallup Poll analysis shows that our well being has an impact on the people we work with and on the people who work for us.
The poll’s results suggest that emotion travels over social networks in much the same way viruses do.
The study included 105 teams and 1,740 individuals whose well being was measured in three six-month intervals. The average team size was 22 members, and the minimum team size was five members.
Researchers Nicholas Christakis M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and James Fowler, Ph.D., showed in additional research that emotion travels over social networks in much the same way viruses do. Harter purports, “Based on this previous research, we expected to see that the well being connection within teams would be much stronger than that among employees who were not members of the same team. But the surprising finding was that the relationship between supervisors’ well being and that of their direct reports grew substantially over time.”
The study’s results suggest that the mental state of a person’s boss will influence the individual’s mental state; therefore, an employee’s attitude is a direct reflection of their boss’ attitude. So, being a good boss has a positive and most likely productive influence on the company. Whereas being a negative boss will have a negative impact on the company.
Agrawl, a gallup research manager, expounds, “…meaning that individuals are likely influenced by the shared culture of their team.” Harter continues, “There is plenty of evidence that wellbeing is shared within existing formal and informal networks and that it spreads based on social ties. ”