What is it about?

This paper examines if employees and their managers accurately understand how the other party feels about their relationship. Results indicate that our belief about how the other party feels about our relationship is largely driven by how we feel about the relationship ourselves. However, this inference has very little to do with how the other party actually feels about our relationship. In a sense, it’s more about how we feel than how the other person feels.

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Why is it important?

Poor relationships between employees and their supervisors hinder workplace effectiveness. Our findings highlight that one important obstacle for establishing high-quality workplace relationships is the lack of accurate insights about the other party.


Working on this project was a lot of fun as we were able to use a very sophisticated analytic method and study design to answer a fundamental question about interpersonal relationships in the workplace.

Zhenyu Yuan
University of Illinois at Chicago

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This page is a summary of: I know how I feel but do I know how you feel? Investigating metaperceptions to advance relationship-based leadership approaches., Journal of Applied Psychology, October 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/apl0000750.
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