Associate Professor of Management and Organizations Allison Gabriel’s research on faking emotions at work has been covered by a wide variety of media outlets, including Forbes, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Esquire, Psychology Today and Cosmopolitan (Philippines). It was most recently featured by Westwood One Radio Network's "America in the Morning" show.
Gabriel’s research touches on how the mentality of “fake it ‘till you make it” when it comes to emotions at work can in fact cause more harm than good. Instead, she found that actually making an effort to feel the emotions one is trying display is more effective. Gabriel noted in her research that those who do try and feel the emotions they want to exhibit as opposed to faking them “report higher levels of progress on their work goals and trust in their co-workers.”
Gabriel’s co-authors are Joel Koopman, assistant professor of management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Christopher Rosen, professor of management at the University of Arkansas, John Arnold, doctoral student at Florida State University, and Wayne Hochwarter, professor of management at Florida State University.
Gabriel earned her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2013 from the University of Akron. She joined the Eller College in 2015. Her research focuses on emotions at work, employee recovery, interpersonal stressors and relationships at work, motivation and employee well-being.