Introduction to Emotions at Work: The Employment Relationship During an Age of Anxiety

Abstract

Rebecca K. Lee

The recent recession and its aftermath have greatly changed individuals' experiences with work and at work, including in significant emotional ways. The workplace has become fraught with difficult emotions, but are emotions openly recognized and addressed in the work setting? If so, in what ways? To cast light on this topic, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law put on a session at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting entitled "Emotions at Work: The Employment Relationship During an Age of Anxiety." This program examined emotions as an important part of the work relationship and how employment law or workplace policy should address the presence and prevalence of emotions at work, especially during an age of anxiety.