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Baring personal life at work unprofessional in US

New York, Oct 30 (IANS) Unlike other countries, overt display of personal life at workplaces in the US is seen as less professional and those who do not follow the norm suffer career consequences such as negative evaluations by hiring managers and colleagues, a study has found.

Oct 30 2013, 3:28am CDT | by IANS

Baring personal life at work unprofessional in US
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New York, Oct 30 — Unlike other countries, overt display of personal life at workplaces in the US is seen as less professional and those who do not follow the norm suffer career consequences such as negative evaluations by hiring managers and colleagues, a study has found.

A study done by the University of Michigan Ross School's professor, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, has suggested that workers in the US imagined a greater proportion of personal artifacts in an unprofessional colleague's office than in one described as professional.

But this norm doesn't hold outside the US, which can make it difficult for expatriates to navigate the office culture at a new job.

The study, which was in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, has suggested that outside the US, display of personal life at workplaces are not seen as unprofessional.

"Everyone knows it's important to be perceived as professional, but that involves a lot of implicit, unspoken norms that might only be apparent when they're violated. We want to shine a light on what some of those are," Sanchez-Burks said.

However, personal objects are not banned in the office in the US.

Minimal use of personal objects are acceptable at workplaces in the country.

"This norm of keeping work and non-work roles separate is strong, and you will be judged by it," Sanchez-Burks said.

"People are significantly less likely to be asked for a second interview if they violate this norm in a very subtle way. It also shows how these norms perpetuate themselves. These are the gatekeepers of companies, the ones who make the hiring decisions," he added.

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