Study: 'Strategic Flirtation' Common at Firms with Competitive Culture

According to a survey of 281 female lawyers at 38 law firms in the southeast, “strategic flirtation” is more common at law firms with stereotypical masculine cultures that emphasize competition, ambition and assertiveness. The more masculine the culture, the more strategic flirting takes place, the study found. Yet, masculine cultures were less forgiving of flirts than feminine cultures. “Bottom line from the research: Flirting at work—even if it’s more common in some cultures—isn’t such a good idea,” the Washington Post writes. “But you probably didn’t need a study to tell you that.” The ABA Journal has more.