Work Teams Who Share Negative Emotions Better at
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Work teams who openly
express their negative feelings share more information, have
greater solidarity and are better at solving complicated analytical
problems, a new study has found.
Many businesses and organizations want employees to limit
negative emotions and only show positive ones. But a study from the
Netherlands suggests that isn't always the right strategy.
Participants were shown cheerful or sad films and then monitored
as they worked together on difficult decision-making tasks. Groups
who saw a sad film and then talked about it before they started
their task did the best on their assignment.
Dutch researcher Annefloor Klep also gave certain groups the
impression that there was a problem with their relationships. If
the members of these groups talked about these problems, they
quickly put them aside and worked as a team on their task.
The study also found that sharing positive emotions can help
with creative tasks, especially if team members are sure about
their feelings. However, a team handled analytical tasks better if
its members shared negative emotions.
Sharing emotions can benefit teams that often work together over
long periods of time, Klep concluded.
The American Psychological Association offers tips for coping
at work and school.
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