April 24, 2012
Is Your Male Coworker Being Flirty? He Must Be Bored
The researchers surveyed 200 people and found that men who were more flirty had lower levels of job satisfaction, which suggests their lethargic attitude at work leads to flirtatious behavior.
They also found that the men who were flirty in the workplace had lower levels of "emotional intelligence," or understanding of other people's feelings.
Although men were flirtatious out of boredom, they found that women were more flirtatious because they were happier in their jobs.
“What we found was the complete opposite," Dr Adrian Banks, who led the study, said while speaking at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in London. "Flirts don´t perform better at work and men who flirt are less satisfied with their jobs."
The psychologists carried out a second survey to try and figure out whether men who flirted at work were different from their peers in any way.
They found that the more flirtatious a man was, the worse at understanding other people's emotions they were. They also saw that they were worse at controlling their own feelings.
Banks said that this could mean that they were less able to suppress flirtatious behavior or judge whether their actions were inappropriate.
He said that although it was unclear why flirty men had less job satisfaction, one explanation could be that their behavior was out of boredom.
“Flirting is not going to be the way to advance your career, and of course flirting when it is unwanted is not appropriate and you shouldn´t do it. It is not going to help and could be harmful," Banks said while speaking at the event.
He told the conference that while flirting seems romantic, people do so in order to attract help and improve relationships.