Blacks Happier at Work Than Whites Despite Fewer Friends, Less Autonomy

PhysOrg, December 5, 2013

Despite working in more routine and less autonomous jobs, having fewer close friends at work, and feeling less supported by their coworkers, blacks report significantly more positive emotions in the workplace than whites, according to a new study in the December issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

“We were surprised by this,” said lead author Melissa M. Sloan, an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “Based on the history of discrimination against African Americans in the workplace, we thought blacks would experience more negative emotions at work than whites. As it turned out, the opposite was true.”

Titled, “Counting on Coworkers: Race, Social Support, and Emotional Experiences on the Job,” the study considered more than 1,300 state government employees in Tennessee.

Sloan and her co-authors Ranae J. Evenson Newhouse, an assistant professor of sociology at Tennessee State University, and Ashley B. Thompson, an assistant professor of sociology at Lynchburg College, also found that the higher the percentage of minorities in a workplace, the more close friends blacks had and the fewer whites had.

In workplaces with a low percentage of minority employees—13 percent or less—black  said they considered 39 percent of their coworkers to be close friends versus 61 percent for white workers. However, in workplaces with a high percentage of minority employees—35 percent or more—black workers said they considered about 42 percent of their coworkers to be  versus 46 percent for white workers.


In addition, the study found that the more minorities in a workplace, the more negative emotions whites experienced at work. {snip}



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  • ricpic

    I’d be happy too, not working at “work.”

    • Oil Can Harry

      Correct. Blacks are happier when they clock out because they feel refreshed after all that sleep.

    • sbuffalonative

      They’re happy because they know their presence ticks of white folk.

      • 1stworlder

        Its picking up their slack that ticks us off.

  • Herman

    So the more minorities there are in the workplace, the more negative emotions whites feel?
    Could it be because:
    * Minorities are less productive
    * Minorities are more likely to complain
    * Minorities are more likely to receive favorable treatments
    * Minorities time and attendance history is worse than whites
    * Minorities are more likely to receive undeserved promotions

    • You just wrote every thought than ran through my head.

      • CoweringCoward

        ooo ooo me too.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The more minorities at a job, the worse whites feel?

      But I thought DIVERSITY IS A BLESSING!?!

    • Mike Conrad

      Exactly. They’re happier because they’re not working.

      That makes some kinds of people happier.

    • Thor Bonham

      You forget * Minorities smell like coco butter…. YUK !!

  • Alexandra1973

    I sure wouldn’t be happy having to pick up the slack because “certain people” want to be lazy.

    A long time ago I was working in a factory and I was training this black girl. She kept expecting me to pick up more of the load. I refused to. That’s about the time when I was starting to wake up.

    Had more than one person complain about how lazy she was, as I recall.

  • Spartacus

    The title is wrong. It should say “Minorities are happier getting money as tokens, while pretending to work, while Whites do the actual work “

    • Alexandra1973

      You hit the nail on the head.

      • CoweringCoward

        Drove it FLUSH with one thunderous blow no less.

  • Luca

    Why shouldn’t they be happier? They spend most of the day talking on the phone, doing less work, listening to music and taking long lunches knowing full-well they are virtually immune to most forms of discipline. Should anyone chastise them for poor performance, it is documentation for a discrimination lawsuit that has a very near 100% success rate. What’s not to like?

    • I see we all have a very high opinion of minorities’ workplace performance.

      • CoweringCoward

        Could be the voice of experience. I think most people here came here after reality didn’t jive with what the liberal system tries to feed us.

    • IstvanIN

      Hey have you been filming my black staff?

    • Strider73

      Hey, If I could spend the whole “work” day loafing, yakking on my Obamaphone and pushing my work off on the people I hate — all with total impunity — I would be as happy as a pig in slop too.

  • MarcB1969

    Sounds like our office this week. One lady is trying to stir up trouble and ruin morale because the old boss man is a little overbearing.

    • Who Me?

      “the old boss man is a little overbearing”

      You mean you expect all of them to at least LOOK like they’re doing something to justify getting paid for being there? How dreadfully RACIST of you…/sarc

  • bigone4u

    In academia, where my experience lies, minority workers are often found in menial jobs that don’t tax their limited brainpower, such as janitor. However, there are many minority profs with a chip on their shoulder toward whites, so no wonder they have few white friends and experience high levels of happiness for getting paid six figure salaries to bash their “white male oppressors.” It would be interesting to study a workplace segregated by race and sex and see how productive it is. I have no doubt a WHITE workplace would trump all others.

    • Alexandra1973

      Specifically white male.

      Let’s face it, sometimes we females get too emotional or hormonal to make sound decisions. I’ll admit it.

      • IstvanIN

        It is amazing how many women agree with you. My largely female staff almost begged management to make me their boss after 20 years of screaming females. And I am eternally grateful.

        • CoweringCoward

          Yeah, there was plenty of women who have the brain for managerial positions but the even temperament that’s also required is the sticker.

        • Brian

          I have seen that, but I’ve also seen counter-examples. It depends on the requirements and dynamics of the position and organization. In some cases you get men engaged in ego-boosting and d***-measuring turf wars, while a woman might be more likely to reach common ground, more diplomatic, etc. Those of you who watch ‘Mad Men’– would you rather work for Peggy or Don?

          My best boss was a woman (a wise grandmother good at delegation and bringing out the best in people, recognizing talents and settling conflicts), and so was my worst (aggrieved feminist erratically driven by hormonal unpredictability). YMMV.

          • IstvanIN

            I seem to get along well with both sexes and have had good and bad supervisors of both sexes. And yes, not all women are bad at management and not all men are good, but there seems to be a problem between women and female subordinates. Maybe women hold grudges longer?

            Of course man-haters are always bad supervisors.

      • RisingReich

        Sweet Lord, bless your soul for admitting something most can’t. It’s half the reason we’re in this mess to begin with.

        • Alexandra1973

          I’m not only a race realist, but a gender realist.

      • Who Me?

        So true. I’m a woman and I agree wholeheartedly. I don’t even WANT the nightmare of trying to “manage” a workplace of women, and they wouldn’t want me doing it, either.

      • fuzzypook

        I’m a woman and I absolutely hate working for women.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “In addition, the study found that the more minorities in a workplace, the more negative emotions whites experienced at work.”

    Any place. Pity, for example, white kids in increasingly minority-majority public schools.

    • Ella

      In some State public schools at elementary level, they may have only 30-50% White students. I can’t imagine the classroom context, but I would home-school before I subject my children to this environment.

  • Chip Carver

    Ignorance is bliss.

    Any of us who have had to work around Blacks knows the truth. 99.9% are screw-offs, malingerers. Pretending to work in some cases while making sure the real work is pawned off on everyone else and in other cases not bothering to pretend because they know they are protected.

    • CoweringCoward

      I remember where a “supervisor” didn’t know how to read the blueprints for the units his “underlings” were supposed to be assembling. The corporate office had a meeting and it was decided to have a weekend Blueprint reading class that EVERYONE in his dept was made to attend (all but he knew how to read the prints already), so as not to offend this token. Guess who didn’t bother coming in for the class?

      • Strike_Team

        The “supervisor” was probably tired and hung over from getting his swerve on Friday night after a hard week of not working.

        I’ve seen similar incidents myself here in LA with blacks and latinos. Incredible arrogance because so many whites are cowed into not saying anything. If the whites do step up, they’re branded as racist. If a black or latino does something similar, they’re commended for standing up to the system. It’s grim comedy.

        • CoweringCoward

          THANKFULLY, most are not very industrious, so their damage is somewhat mitigated. In the case of the “supervisor” (and he was paid at that level, I guess for EEOC compliance), him underlings to the last were competent and capable. Problems came when he wanted to “exert his authority”, and no small amount of overtime had to be authorized, on multiple occasions recovering from his “leadership”.

    • Sick of it

      Even those who aren’t simply do not produce the same level of work product nor complete as much work in the same given time period as whites. We’ve all seen this.

  • Lewis33

    I have worked with over 20 black males in various different positions. One was good at what he did, but he was over 50 and came to work drunk.

  • dd121

    Singin dem songs, pickin dat cotton.

  • RisingReich

    To damn dumb to know or care or even think about such comparative studies these darkies are. Too dumb to be depressed about it, also.

  • Mike Conrad

    Quote: ““Based on the history of discrimination against African Americans in the workplace, we thought blacks would experience more negative emotions at work than whites.”

    How perplexing the world must be when you decline to examine your premises.

  • MekongDelta69

    “‘We were surprised by this,’ said lead author Melissa M. Sloan, an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.”

    Is there ANYTHING lower on the IQ scale than an “assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology”?!

    Mzzzzz. Sloan is probably ‘surprised’ when she sees her own face in the mirror in the morning. “Wow – who knew this is what a mirror does?!”

    • Jack Burton

      “Part-time consultant and life coach to the assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology”

      I love the life coach bit, we have so much bullshit in today’s society.

    • Erasmus

      Is there ANYTHING lower on the IQ scale than an “assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology”?!

      An anencephalic slug? An ant with Down’s Syndrome??? Jeesh…I dunno. I give up.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Having NAM coworkers is bad, but try having NAM coworkers and a majority NAM clientele. Whites in those jobs deserve combat pay.

  • Who Me?


  • Ella

    It’s a happy job when you have others doing your job or work for you.

  • [Guest]

    “We were surprised by this,” says Melissa, assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and sociology.

    And if Melissa were of a scientific mind rather than merely pretending to be, should wouldn’t have had preconceived notions based on racial propaganda, would she?

  • Andrew

    I would argue that jobs are not less autonomous.

  • Strike_Team

    Blacks work?

    • Jack Burton

      That’s why they’re happier. Their version of work is far less demanding.

  • Yancy Derringer

    Sure she did: the University of South Florida.

    • CoweringCoward

      Well she wasn’t in anything with actual facts or science being taught. Blacks real good at lernin bout social stuff i spose.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Not a surprise to anyone who knows about self esteem levels in blacks.

    They think they are kings even when they are sweeping up dirt. As someone who is depressed a lot, I wish I could have whatever is causing them to be abnormally upbeat about everything.

    • CoweringCoward

      When blacks are failures they are absolved of any wrong in being losers, as it’s all whitey’s fault. Conversely, whites know the score and when we don’t achieve whatever level or goal we though we were capable of, we internalize it. This is good as it drives US to better higher levels of life. Blacks, not so much.

    • Brian

      Heh. Whatever else blacks are, they don’t seem to suffer from neurosis much. I suppose it comes from low IQ, lack of self-awareness and not much attention to actions/consequences or future time orientation…. the ‘laissez les bon temps roulez’ mentality.

    • Paleoconn

      Get in touch with the Tropic Thunder makeup guy. Practise ebonics. You will no longer feel as helpless and hopeless as when you were White in this anti-White country.

      • Nathanwartooth

        This gave me a good laugh. Thanks.

        • Paleoconn

          Any time, Nathan haha

  • CoweringCoward

    Ohhhhhh nooooo you di’unt!

  • Brian

    They only looked at state gov’t employees. Curious…

  • cecilhenry

    No stress, low expectations and high self-esteem independent of ability or accomplishment— perfect recipe for enjoying work.

    Meanwhile other people do the work and productivity that make it possible. Enough.

  • Thor Bonham

    That’s because they are able to get away with murder, out of fear that they will drop the race card at drop of a hat .. Management and workers leave blacks alone (due to that fear) to do as they please, so naturally they will be more happy , wouldn’t you ?

  • Jack Burton

    “In addition, the study found that the more minorities in a workplace, the more negative emotions whites experienced at work.”

    Well that’s a given.

    In other news the sky is blue and water is wet.

  • Reverend Bacon

    Well, it’s pretty clear that in the higher paying jobs, more blacks means more affirmative action. This is bound to cause resentment among whites, probably in proportion to the black population.

  • crockadoodle6

    Try firing a black. It’s easier to swallow an intact dinner table and chairs.

  • Mike Conrad

    Gospel truth sir. They’re untouchable and boy don’t they let you know it. Which goes some distance toward explaining why the few remaining responsible Americans are leery of letting the government have still more power over our lives.

  • Darkies Drivr Me Crazy

    I have worked with and under blacks for many years, some of which were/are bright, hard-working blacks, as well as some lazy, stupid blacks, in both the private and public sector. I consider my following observations of working with blacks to be very factual and valid:

    (1) they will snitch on you, the white person, but not necessarily their black coworkers.

    (2) they can make more money than you, but are still jealous if you have acquired new clothes, car, house, promotion, etc.
    (3) they feel that they are entitled to freebies, scholarships, housing, etc. because we held their ancestors as slaves, even though they make the same amount of money ( or more) and have educations comparable to whites– post civil-rights era.
    (4) the black women are loud, noisy, aggressive, over- confident (even the educated ones)
    (6) the educated ones speak almost entirely in Ebonics, even thought they are so proud of their college degrees (go figure!)
    (7) they feel entitled to put you down, but you cannot say a word in your defense, or you are considered racist.
    (8) they expect whites to feel empathy to racism against blacks , but refuse to open their eyes to racism by them against whites

    I am so sick of blacks in the workplace, and in my Southern city. They are everywhere I go! After dealing with them for many years, I am cured of White Guilt.
    I truly wish for a White Christmas!

  • Charlotte

    You are wrong. The abortion rate has always been much higher among blacks. 5 times higher. 3 times higher among hispanics.