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Researchers examine personal interactions among employees to identify deviant behaviour

Every organisation strives to create an amicable work environment. A study by Naman Sharma and Vinod Kumar Singh examines the relationship between workplace deviance and components of the social learning theory — deviant behaviour is learned through personal interaction. The study finds that, deviance does increase if employees think their coworkers are deviant. It is hence important to keep a check on employees with a negative track record because, according to the study, we are what we observe our coworkers to be.

Title: Differential Association and Imitation as Moderators of Workplace Deviance

Source: Social Science Research Network

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