Journal article

Are Lifestyle Differences Beneficial? The Effects of Marital Diversity on Group Outcomes

Karen A Etty Jehn, Donald E Conlon

SMALL GROUP RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

As the number of unmarried adults in the workforce is on the rise, employees increasingly have to navigate lifestyle differences between single, married, and divorced members of their work groups. To understand the impact of this new form of diversity in groups at work, we introduce the concept of marital diversity as an important predictor of group performance outcomes. We argue that marital diversity may benefit group outcomes by providing members with complementary life experiences and skills, without instigating the stereotyping or conflict often associated with other less mutable forms of diversity. In Study 1, an archival study of rock bands reveals that marital diversity positively af..

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