You might think you left the world of cliques and in-crowds behind when you left high school.
你或许错了。最新一期《应用心理学》(Journal of Applied Psychology)刊登的一项研究结果显示，良好人缘带来的好处会一直延续到成年人的职场生涯。
You'd be wrong. The benefits of being popular extend all the way into the adult workplace, based on research in the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology.
就像儿童在操场玩耍一样，同事之间不仅会就谁受欢迎达成一致，还会给那些少数幸运儿更多友善对待。研究显示，这些幸运儿会得到更多的帮助和善待，还会遭受 较少的粗鲁对待和信息隐瞒。在这项研究中，密歇根大学(Michigan State University)的斯科特(Brent Scott)和佛罗里达大学(University of Florida)的贾奇(Timothy Judge)对医院、餐馆、销售和行政职位上的255名员工以及同事进行了调查。
Just like children on the playground, co-workers not only agree on who's popular, but they also afford those lucky few more favorable treatment. This includes more help and courteous conduct, and less rudeness and withholding of helpful information, based on a study of 255 employees and their co-workers in hospital, restaurant, sales and administrative jobs.
The researchers, Brent Scott of Michigan State University and Timothy Judge of the University of Florida, said popular workers drew more co-worker support regardless of their status on the organization chart. They also may gain an unfair advantage over less charming colleagues, the researchers suggest, which may hinder a meritocracy. "By valuing popularity, organizations may be promoting a certain ‘clubby' atmosphere that mimics school culture" rather than rewarding merit, the researchers write.
我很庆幸自己大多数时间都工作在唯才是举的环境，但这不是普遍现象。如果要找个虚构的例子，可以想想电视喜剧《办公室》(The Office)里的情况：思维正常的人谁会提拔冷漠苦干的安吉拉•马丁(Angela Martin)而不是和善亲切的吉姆•哈本特(Jim Halpert)？这位广受欢迎的纸品推销员以自身经历验证了上述研究结果：尽管对工作漠不关心，但哈本特却以聪明的"为人处事"在Dunder Mifflin公司迅速窜升。
I've been fortunate in working in meritocracies most of my life, but that's not the norm. Among fictional examples, consider the television comedy "The Office:" Who in his or her right mind would promote the cold, manipulative Angela Martin over the amiable Jim Halpert? The popular paper salesman proves the study's point, rising fast on the Dunder Mifflin organization chart with his smart "people skills," despite his indifference to his job.
In fact, what these researchers call popularity, career coaches might call savvy office politics the art of getting people in your corner. And it's clearly a big deal in many workplaces. A Salary.com survey last fall found dealing with office politics was one of the top two time-wasters at work, after "fixing someone else's work."
2010-09-20 10:07 编辑：kuaileyingyu
Are you kidding me? 跟我开玩笑啊？ Back in a moment! 马上回来！ Come to the point! 有话直说！ Do I have to? 我一定要做吗？ Don't count on me! 别指望我！ Don't get me wrong! 你
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