The Role of Culture and Ideal Affect In Employment Settings

My research examines how cultural differences in emotional values shape hiring disparities in the U.S. and abroad. Specifically, culturally shaped emotional values are reflected in how individuals present themselves when applying for a job. In the United States, applicants present themselves as excited, while in East Asian countries, applicants present themselves as calm. In addition, culturally shaped emotional values influence the traits we look for when hiring someone for a job; European Americans choose to hire excited candidates, while East Asians choose to hire calm candidates.  This research shows how subtle factors, like emotional communication, might signal group membership and influence person perception and decision making in employment settings. Furthermore, this work highlights how emotional biases may produce racial and ethnic disparities in organizational settings.