The Unequal Rewards of Peer Support at Work

Research shows that men benefit more from supporting colleagues than do women.

The Research

  • To examine patterns in social support and relationship-building during the pandemic, the first author conducted a survey of American office workers in late 2020.
  • For the analysis, the authors compared the results of the 836 respondents who self-identified as male (n=438) or female (n=398) in gender. Distribution of the sample by race includes those identifying as White (50%); Black or African American (22%); Asian (16%); Hispanic or Latinx (6%); Native American, Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander (2%); multiple races or ethnicities (2%); and other/unidentified ...

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