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Are Some Employees More Popular Than Others?

Research in the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that workers evaluate their colleagues in terms of popularity. According to The Wall Street Journal, those who are considered popular are treated more favorably by their colleagues, and the study suggests that these workers aren't necessarily favored because of job merit. The researchers conveyed their opinion of the findings and wrote, "By valuing popularity, organizations may be promoting a certain ‘clubby’ atmosphere that mimics school culture."

Does your workplace possess this kind of dynamic, where some employees are noticeably more popular than others?

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lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
yes i had to deal with that at one of my workplaces. once when i was going to go on break and they made me wait so then someone else who already went on break could take a smoke-break. i didnt get my break until a hour before leaving....totally unfair so when my break finally came i just went home instead and reported the supervisor for allowing that crap.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, there's definitely a clique at the lab that seem to get the better schedule, fewer holidays to work, and are just all-around more popular. A lot of them have kids the same age and they have playgroups and other such crap. I know I'll never really fit in, but I try to be a valuable employee nonetheless.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Lords, yes. We have the rules for the people that follow the rules and the rules for people that don't. Management runs scared of the troublemakers, so they bend over backward to work it so that little group is happy. Unfortunately, that's regardless of what's actually best for the mission.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Nah, there really isn't a popularity issue where I work. Other places I've worked, sure. But not really at my current place of work.
Lilavati Lilavati 8 years
I think we're all humans and have our preferences... but there's no special treatment in my company.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I wouldn't necassarily say some people are more popular but i definately get treated differently because i am the only one here without a penis! :) I work in construction and am just a mere girl
xXFurygeistXx xXFurygeistXx 8 years
Was the main reason why I quit that crap and went into business for myself. I don't deal well with idiocy on the part of management.
xXFurygeistXx xXFurygeistXx 8 years
Back when I worked retail, there was indeed a popularity dynamic in the workplace. And it usually ended up favoring the lazier workers. I'd do more in one day than they did in three, was loved by customers and many fellow employees (also hard workers), but management always hated my butt. I never could figure it out. It was really strange, because Management always rode the harder working employees, while the lazy ones got away with being rude to customers, other employees, and standing around doing nothing for most of the shift. Boggled my mind.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
some are LESS popular
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have worked at daycares, retail clothing stores, and offices and there is always a "popular" group. It seems the longer you have worked there, the more popular you are.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that there's always a level of popularity to consider at work. there's always going to be a few people that are liked more than others and those are the ones that might get the better projects or more face time with the 'right' people. i've always tried to be one of the more popular ones because that's the best way to get ahead when you're all hard workers putting out great work.
syako syako 8 years
The photo is fitting. Amanda and Marc are definitely the "cool kids"
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Not really. We are one big family here. There are a few people who have a bigger personality but there isn't any favortism.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Eh, there are some cliques here because this place is 80% men and then some young girls including myself...there tends to be a more popular group of those who are loud, drink a lot and like to be in everyone's faces. I'm all set with being like that...
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
This definitely exists in my office. However, the people (myself included) who are perceived as "popular" are actually looked at less favorably by coworkers because they think these people get special treatment.
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