Maintaining Workplace Friendships-Perceived Politeness and Predictors of Maintenance Tactic Choice

Sias, Gallagher, Kopaneva, and Pedersen note that workplace friendships are linked to a number of processes and outcomes (e.g. employee satisfaction, career development, creativity, and decision-making influence). Their study (1) identified communicative tactics individuals use to maintain friendships with peer coworkers, (2) assessed the perceived politeness/positive face threat of the tactics, and (3) examined the extent to which perceived politeness, task interdependence, and individual attachment style predict the likelihood an individual will use specific maintenance tactics.

Communication Research, 2012, 39, 239-268

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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