Washington, Aug 20 : A new study from University of Toronto has revealed that people with senior level of job authority are more likely to face interpersonal conflicts at workplace.
The study involving data from a 2005 sample of 1,785 working adults in the United States documents the link between power and conflict in the workplace across a broad cross-section of jobs and sectors.
The analysis showed that workers with higher levels of job authority report significantly higher levels of exposure to interpersonal conflict from all sources at work.
The younger workers with power report the highest level of conflict with others in the workplace.
Moreover, men with authority report more conflict than similarly positioned women.
"We show that a highly desired attribute of the job-authority-comes with some interpersonal costs, but those costs aren't distributed equally across key social groups," said Schieman.
The findings are published in the August edition of the journal Work and Occupations.