Adult Attachment Styles in the Workplace



Attachment theory is a psychological model for describing and explaining the dynamics of humans relationships. 


Although it was developed in response to adult and child relationships, recent studies have applied it to the workplace in order to understand employees’ cognitive and emotional processes and the effect these have on their ability to engage productively. 


An individual’s style of attachment affects the amount of effort, energy and engagement 

he or she is capable of employing to support the organisation, particularly when the employee is under stress. 


How managers and leaders respond, which in turn is affected by their own attachment style, may trigger either positive or defensive attachment patterns in their employees and have a corresponding effect on workplace morale and productivity.  


Understanding the emotional dynamics at play in workplace relationships not only helps create a healthy organisational culture but will help boost productivity as well.  


Core components of the training:


  • Attachment theory and how it relates to the workplace

  • The five attachment styles

  • How an attachment style can influence an individual’s performance

  • Emotional regulation strategies: healthy versus defensive 

  • Burn-out and staff turn-over

  • Attachment informed support for employees