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SOCIAL‐SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS AT WORK: EXPERIENCES OF MANAGERIAL AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 March 1992

Abstract

Reports on a study which examined the incidence, antecedents and consequences of social‐sexual behaviours at work. These include any non‐work related behaviour having a sexual component, such as harassment, flirting, posters and pin‐ups, and sexual jokes. Data were collected from 267 Canadian managerial and professional women using questionnaires completed anonymously. Women experiencing more harassing and non‐harassing social‐sexual behaviours at work were less satisfied and less committed to their organizations and reported poorer emotional wellbeing. Few demographic characteristics were related to social‐sexual behaviours experienced. Work environment characteristics, however, were more strongly related to experienced social‐sexual behaviours at work. Managerial and professional women reported experiencing harassing and non‐harassing social‐sexual behaviours with the same frequency as working women in general.

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Burke, R.J. and McKeen, C.A. (1992), "SOCIAL‐SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS AT WORK: EXPERIENCES OF MANAGERIAL AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN", Women in Management Review, Vol. 7 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649429210011354

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MCB UP Ltd

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