Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz1sjUQBArUWomen who are flattered when a fellow flirts with them at work may want to think again.
Flirtatious men are simply bored – and not very bright into the bargain, research suggests.
A study of British workers found that men who flirt at work are short of something called ‘emotional intelligence’.
What is more, contrary to popular perception, flashing smiles and compliments at colleagues does not help you get ahead.
A study of British workers found that men who flirt at work are short of something called 'emotional intelligence' (posed by models)
‘There is strong evidence against the notion that you can flirt your way to the top,’ said occupational psychologist Adrian Banks.
This evidence comes from two studies carried out by the University of Surrey and presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference.
In the first, more than 200 men and women were asked about whether they flirt at work.
They were also questioned about their personalities and job satisfaction. The results suggested that male flirts only did it to distract themselves from boredom.
The researchers said: ‘Employees who are less satisfied at work may tend to become more bored and, in an attempt to make their work more enjoyable, they may opt to flirt with colleagues.’
The second study examined whether men who flirt are somehow different to other males.
The results showed lower emotional intelligence – a measure of how well we understand others’ emotions and control our own.
‘Men who were bad on that kind of regulation flirted more,’ Dr Banks said. Taken together, the results suggest that flirting does little to improve career prospects.
Men are really lonely people.