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London Business School research workplace behaviours

MBA professionals from London Business School have published results from a study aimed at identifying the impact of suspicious behaviours and paranoid thoughts on group integration at work.

 
PRLog - Aug. 24, 2012 - MBA professionals from London Business School have published results from a study aimed at identifying the impact of suspicious behaviours and paranoid thoughts on group integration at work.

It appears that people who harbour suspicious thoughts towards colleague’s intentions in work environment end up being victims of the self-fulfilling prophecy, meaning that they become the odds of their team because of their constant doubting. Researchers working on that study explain that people who spontaneously tend to expect bad intentions from their colleagues have the "motivation to acquire relationship-threatening information (MARTI)."

The experiment revealed a strong connection between people having MARTI and the rejection they face in the workplace. The problem highlighted by this research is the uncertainty that we all face in the workplace: work relationships makes it hard for one to know what colleague’s intention towards them are. For most people, being uncertain about colleague’s opinion towards them at work is not considered to be a major issue as long as it does not affect the working conditions; but for those constantly looking for signs of negative intentions, this can be hard to deal with. It is more complicated than just working in a place where you think people are unkind: it creates criticism and rejection from co-workers and isolates you from the group.

Most times when individuals expect unkind attentions from others, it impacts their behaviour and creates uncomfortable situations which tend to set them apart from the group.
Accredited MBA research experts believe people who possess these thoughts patterns, may need to be referred to reliable persons at work for consultation and advice. By seeking help form a trusted person, the risks of misinterpreting what may have been unintentional behaviour can be minimised.

The study show that people who tend to be defensive towards colleagues, constantly expecting unfair behaviours from their work environment may have faced rejection in the past and believe that the same situation will replicated at work.

For More information on various research and MBA studies, visit http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba.html

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