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Corporate Ethics: Good Behavior Leads to Less Turnover

The term “corporate ethics” might send a shiver up the spine of many high-level executives. Illegal activities can send anybody to jail, no matter how white their collar. But there’s more to ethics than avoiding punishment. New research shows that organizations stand to gain immensely through ethical behavior, especially through the behavior of employees. How can organizations position themselves to take advantage of the benefits of being ethical? [Read More]

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Which Leadership Style Leads to Burnout?

Leadership style has a tremendous impact on employee commitment, productivity, and overall organizational success. At the same time, some leaders may be more susceptible to burnout because of how they regulate their emotions. A recent study investigated the relationship between leadership style, emotion regulation strategies, and the likelihood of employee burnout. [Read More]

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Treadmill Desks: Good for Employers and Employees

Forget whistling while you work, how about running a whole entire marathon! That’s right, treadmill desks and cycling desks are now being sold as an alternative to the old-fashioned desks that didn’t really do anything all that interesting. So, do these things actually work? Can employees get physically fit without a loss of productivity? And how do the employees feel after using them? [Read More]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – April 2015

I/O at Work’s Top 5 Most Popular Reviews for April 2015. Includes article reviews on the benefits of age diversity, generational differences, new developments in intelligence testing, the role of storytelling in job interviews, and our #1 most popular review…. [Read More]

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Email Overload and the Harmful Effects of Telepressure

You sit down at your desk to start the workday and log in to your work email. “YOU’VE GOT (187 pieces of) MAIL!” You might just have email overload. Besides for being extremely annoying, you might feel pressured to quickly respond to all of these emails. This pressure now has a word: telepressure. Does telepressure make you more productive at work, or can it lead to harmful outcomes ultimately affecting an organization’s bottom line? [Read More]

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Which Type of Personality Leads to Workplace Safety?

It is difficult for employees to completely separate their home lives from their work lives. Stress that develops at home can actually spillover into the work environment, which leads to negative health outcomes for employees and negative organizational outcomes. A new study shows why organizations need to be on the lookout for employees who are experiencing stressful events in their personal lives. [Read More]

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What Does Job Security Have to Do With Organizational Citizenship Behavior?

My company is going through tough times and I’m afraid that I might lose my job. Will I be more or less likely to help the organization with extra effort? It’s an interesting question that has led to conflicting answers. However, new research sets the record straight. Is there a relationship between organizational citizenship behavior and job security? [Read More]

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Generational Differences in the Workplace: Careers Aren’t What They Used to Be

The “olden days” means something different to everyone. For me, it means a time when the internet wouldn’t start without a 60 second cacophony of assorted beeping and scratching sounds. But we can all agree that in the olden days career paths were different than they are now. How have careers changed? And how have generational differences in the workplace contributed to how people handle these changes? [Read More]

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The Strange Story Behind Situational Judgment Tests: What Do They Really Measure?

Normally, job applicants are given questions and they must supply the answers. For example, “What kind of animal would you be?”, and the job applicant says, “Hairy fungus beetle.” However, new research shows that sometimes job applicants could know the answers if the questions aren’t even asked. But how is that possible? Read on to find out a potential weakness of situational judgment tests. [Read More]

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Intelligence Testing in Selection: New Developments

Intelligence testing is one of the oldest I-O psychology topics, and we know that intelligence is really good at predicting workplace success. Still, intelligence tests are not a panacea toward improving the workforce. For example, lack of diversity can occur if there is an over-reliance on these tests. But researchers have been working to develop a “smarter” breed of intelligence test. How has new theory been contributing to advances in intelligence testing? [Read More]