Friday Funny: Your Workspace Reveals Your Politics
The researchers took inventory of five office locations—a commercial real estate agency, an advertising agency, a business school, an architectural firm, and a retail bank—all in a large U.S. city. They had observers check out the workspaces of 94 male and female employees. The subjects’ average age was 37. The snoopers had no idea of the workers’ political orientation. Political orientation was measured with survey questions. Liberals’ offices were judged as significantly more distinctive, comfortable, stylish, modern, and colorful and as less conventional and ordinary, in comparison with conservatives’ offices, Jost said.
The findings agreed with a link found by Jost’s team between two personality traits and political ideology. In personality tests of thousands of college students, Jost found that liberals tended to score higher than conservatives on one key measure called openness to experiences, which includes holding wide interests, and being imaginative and insightful. Conservatives showed higher scores for conscientiousness, which measures a person’s need for order, discipline, achievement striving and rule following.
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