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Here’s Why Faking Emotions At Work Can Be Harmful

The researchers identified several drivers for engaging in emotion regulation and sorted them into two categories: prosocial and impression management

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A study surveyed adults who work in a wide variety of industries including education, manufacturing, engineering and financial services. Pixabay

The idea that someone can fake a positive attitude in work to elicit real-life benefits – often backfires when used with co-workers, a new study suggests.

Instead, making an effort to actually feel the emotions you display is more productive, according to the research, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

For the findings, the research team analysed two types of emotion regulation that people use at work: surface acting and deep acting.

“Surface acting is faking what you’re displaying to other people. Inside, you may be upset or frustrated, but on the outside, you’re trying your best to be pleasant or positive,” said study researcher Allison Gabriel, Associate Professor at University of Arizona in the US.

“Deep acting is trying to change how you feel inside. When you’re deep acting, you’re actually trying to align how you feel with how you interact with other people,” Gabriel added.

The study surveyed working adults in a wide variety of industries including education, manufacturing, engineering and financial services.

“What we wanted to know is whether people choose to engage in emotion regulation when interacting with their co-workers, why they choose to regulate their emotions if there is no formal rule requiring them to do so, and what benefits, if any, they get out of this effort,” Gabriel said.

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The idea that someone can fake a positive attitude in work to elicit real-life benefits – often backfires when used with co-workers, a new study suggests. Pixabay

According to the researchers, when it comes to regulating emotions with co-workers, four types of people emerged from the study: Nonactors, or those engaging in negligible levels of surface and deep acting; Low actors, or those displaying slightly higher surface and deep acting; Deep actors, or those who exhibited the highest levels of deep acting and low levels of surface acting; and,Regulators, or those who displayed high levels of surface and deep acting.

In each study, nonactors made up the smallest group, with the other three groups being similar in size.

The researchers identified several drivers for engaging in emotion regulation and sorted them into two categories: prosocial and impression management.

Prosocial motives include wanting to be a good co-worker and cultivating positive relationships.

Impression management motives are more strategic and include gaining access to resources or looking good in front of colleagues and supervisors.

The team found that regulators, in particular, were driven by impression management motives, while deep actors were significantly more likely to be motivated by prosocial concerns.

This means that deep actors are choosing to regulate their emotions with co-workers to foster positive work relationships, as opposed to being motivated by gaining access to more resources.

The main takeaway is that deep actors – those who are really trying to be positive with their co-workers – do so for prosocial reasons and reap significant benefits from these efforts, said the study.

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For the findings, the research team analysed two types of emotion regulation that people use at work: surface acting and deep acting. Pixabay

Deep actors also reported significantly higher levels of progress on their work goals and trust in their co-workers than the other three groups.

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The data also showed that mixing high levels of surface and deep acting resulted in physical and mental strain. (IANS)

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Fitness Tips To Help You Stay Healthy and Active

How to stay fit in this draining corporate world

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If you are a corporate employee then you should focus on your fitness to lead a healthy life. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Lucky are the ones who have flexible jobs and schedules, which is a dream of almost every corporate employee. If you are a part of the corporate world, chances are you find yourself chained to the company’s time table and workload and struggling to take out some “me time” out of your schedule but, alas, you always end up with a failed attempt.

Our sedentary lifestyles are said to be one of the key reasons of increased and frequent cases of ill health. By sitting for long hours at your office chair in the same position, consuming junk food, not indulging in any kind of physical activity, you are making yourself prone to bad health conditions.

If you want to avoid the unfit conditions and stay healthy and active, here are some tips for you, shared by Rishikesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Xtraliving.

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Your fitness routine should include a well-planned meal. Pixabay

Plan Your Meal

If you are the one who thinks that going on a stringent diet will help you shed some kilos and stay fit, you are absolutely wrong. You need to plan your meal in a way that you consume the required amount of calcium, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre. Also, you must make small meals a part of your routine.

First and foremost, say no to junk food. Pack your lunch in the morning and also, small meals for those surprise hunger pangs. This is even more important when you are travelling for office work. Try to eat healthy while out for business meetings or trips. You may opt for salad or anything i.e. healthy and not junk.

Workout

No matter how busy you are, it is never impossible to spare 30 minutes in a day for workout of any kind. 30 minutes of high to medium intensity workout can do wonders to anyone. It will not only help you lose weight but also, you will feel energised and active at work. If it is difficult for you to travel to the gym or a fitness studio daily, you can workout at home or even do yoga.

In addition to this, make sure you stay in the correct posture especially while in office, do some office specific exercises like neck movement and arm movement and take the stairs instead of lifts.

If You Smoke, Quit it Now

Smoking is harmful and if you are planning to include physical activity of some sort in your schedule, smoking will not let it be successful for you. As smokers have increased risks of heart attack and respiratory diseases, they also experience less endurance, poorer physical performance and increased rates of complications while doing exercise or any form of physical activity.

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Focusing on your fitness can help you relieve your work stress. Pixabay

Drink Lots of Water

A good amount of water intake can help you with countless benefits and countless others for not drinking plenty of water. Water can improve your performance and efficiency and also, help you stay active, hydrated and get rid of fatigue.

Say No to Work Outside the Office

If you are the one who is stuck in a job which requires you to work outside the office at any time of the day or even late at night, you must learn to say no. You must explore the ways to detach yourself from after office work demands. This is important because when we talk about fitness, it is not physical fitness alone, mental fitness is equally important and if ignored, it can take a toll on your health.

Be Conscious

Office parties are common and also, something where you usually eat a lot of junk food both because of its easy availability and taste. If office parties happen often at your workplace, be conscious about your food choices whereas you might act lenient if they happen rarely at your workplace.

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Fitness is a silent need of your body. You must prioritise it as much as you prioritise your work. Don’t hesitate to say no to something that you think is affecting your health. It may include frequent late night or early morning travel, colleagues forcing you to eat something unhealthy just because they are fine with it. You may also motivate your boss to be healthy as he will appreciate your effort and help you in return. So, go ahead and explore the way to a healthy and fit life. (IANS)