Relational authenticity in workplace friendships

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Relational authenticity in workplace friendships
Creator Zigomo, Tatenda Kock, Ruwayne G. Donald, Fiona M.
Subject organisational behaviour; human resource management; employment relations relational authenticity; workplace friendship; social fit; self-verification; women at work
Description Orientation: This article focuses on the role of women’s workplace friendships in eliciting relational authenticity. Women in managerial and professional positions are often in the minority at work and minority groups are likely to experience greater challenges in expressing themselves authentically at work.Research purpose: This study aimed to examine how workplace friendships elicit relational authenticity among women in professional and managerial positions in the private sector in South Africa.Motivation for the study: Workplace authenticity is important for well-being, social fit at work and performance, but can be difficult to attain due to the risks involved. The study proposed that workplace friendships encourage authenticity, providing spaces where women feel accepted and able to express themselves authentically.Research approach/design and method: A qualitative research design was followed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 women.Main findings: The key finding was that authentic self-expression becomes embedded in high quality workplace friendships where women can self-disclose. These friendships offer acceptance, self-verification and enhanced social fit.Practical/managerial implications: Organisations need to consider how they can encourage friendships and other workplace relationships that facilitate relational authenticity and enhance employees’ social fit in the changing world of work.Contribution/value-add: The study expands authenticity research beyond the individual, team or followership contexts to informal relationships with friends at work. It provides a deeper understanding of how workplace friendships facilitate relational authenticity through self-verification and social fit. These processes could be applied to other workplace relationships to enhance authenticity and its benefits to different work arrangements.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor N/A
Date 2024-02-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Interview
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v22i0.2288
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 22 (2024); 11 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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Coverage — — 22 to 50 years of age; women; South African
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Tatenda Zigomo, Ruwayne Garth Kock, Fiona Margaret Donald