When “Friends” Meets “Office Space,” Where Do Workers of Color Fit?

By Adia Harvey Wingfield 

Originally posted at Work in Progress.  Cross-posted with permission.

 

Image: Luigi Mengato via Flickr (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Luigi Mengato via Flickr (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, has an op-ed in the New York Times that describes the decline in workplace friendships. Grant notes that compared to workers in other countries, Americans are much less likely to claim close friends at work or to see the workplace as a social space where close friendships are built. He refers to several important sociological studies in analyzing why this is so, noting that the nature of work has changed so that workers are more likely to switch jobs frequently and thus may not feel a close sense of association with colleagues. Continue reading “When “Friends” Meets “Office Space,” Where Do Workers of Color Fit?”