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MAGALHAES, Mauro de Oliveira  and  BRITO, Fernanda de Souza. Interpersonal styles of workers in different occupational environments. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.2, pp. 219-235. ISSN 1809-5267.

The growing importance of teamwork highlights the need to understand the interpersonal relationships in specific work contexts. This research aims to investigate if there are interpersonal styles differences between different occupational environments, testing hypotheses derived from the Holland's model of personality and work environments. The interpersonal styles are the behaviors used to gain social acceptance and influence. A sample of 125 employees divided into four teams - marketing of a newspaper, mechanical equipment industry, health service and bureaucratic service - answered the Interpersonal Style Inventory (ESEI). The results were consistent with theoretical predictions. Workers in structured and formalized work contexts exhibited less gregarious interpersonal styles compared to workers in unstructured activities that demand greater social interaction.

Keywords : Interpersonal styles; Group work; Work environments.

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