Sexual banter in the workplace may have its benefits: study

University of Washington researcher says sexualized encounters in the workplace can build camaraderie in the workplace
||Last Updated: 05/16/2005

A little sexual banter in the workplace isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Sexualized encounters in some work situations actually can contribute to building camaraderie in a workforce, according to a new study by a University of Washington, Bothell, sociologist who examines sexual banter and power in the workplace. In addition, within certain cultural and organizational contexts, these encounters can help create a sense of belonging and help people to have some control over their working conditions, said Kari Lerum, an assistant professor of sociology and interdisciplinary studies.

To collect data for her research published in the journal