The stress-relieving benefits of positively experienced social sexual behavior in the workplace

Sheppard, L., O'Reilly, J., Van Dijke, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-9974-5050, Restubog, S. and Aquino, K., 2020. The stress-relieving benefits of positively experienced social sexual behavior in the workplace. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 156, pp. 38-52. ISSN 0749-5978

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Abstract

The current research examines the understudied consequences of non-harassing social sexual behavior in the workplace. In a programmatic series of studies, we argue and test the proposition that being the recipient of enjoyed social sexual behavior can provide psychosocial resources (such as feeling powerful, socially connected, and physically attractive) that protect recipients from stress and its negative outcomes. In Study 1, we develop and validate a measure of non-harassing social sexual behavior that is conceptually and empirically distinct from sexual harassment and is positively correlated with daily resource accumulation. We also uncover two distinct forms of social sexual behavior: flirtation and sexual storytelling. In Study 2, we use time-lagged data to demonstrate that the frequency of receiving flirtation at work is more positively related to psychosocial resource accumulation to the extent that it is enjoyed, and the resulting resources predict lower levels of stress. Finally, in Study 3, we use multi-source data to demonstrate that enjoyed flirtation buffers the relationship between workplace injustice and the stress-related outcomes of job tension and insomnia.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Social sexual behavior at work [running head]
Publication Title: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Creators: Sheppard, L., O'Reilly, J., Van Dijke, M., Restubog, S. and Aquino, K.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: January 2020
Volume: 156
ISSN: 0749-5978
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.09.002DOI
1239142Other
S0749597818310173Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Nov 2019 09:18
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 14:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38622

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