02/11/2014 01:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Kind Of Love That Makes Work Better: Companionate Relationships Boost Professional Performance

Dating in the workplace is often a slippery slope, but there is a kind of love that's actually helpful in the office.

Completely different from romantic love is companionate love, which involves "feelings of affection, caring, tenderness and compassion for the people who are around you," according to Sigal Barsade, a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Barsade talked with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about her research on companionate love, which is one of the emotions felt most frequently by humans, and its place in a professional setting.

"People are spending so much time at work and so much of their lives at work. Wouldn't it make sense that we don't just come to work and forget that we're people and have emotions? Wouldn't it make sense that if [companionate love] mattered so much outside of work, it could matter inside as well?" she said.

It turns out it does matter. As Barsade's study found, "companionate love positively relates to employee satisfaction and teamwork and negatively relates to employee absenteeism and emotional exhaustion."

See the full conversation about companionate love in the workplace from HuffPost Live below.

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