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Are Defiant Employees Causing their Bosses to be Abusive?

Forget the chicken and the egg: Which comes first, abusive managers or misbehaving employees? It’s tempting to think that employees act out only in response to bad bosses. But a new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology interestingly finds that sometimes it’s employee defiance that causes their managers to become abusive. [Read More]

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Self-Reflective Job Titles: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Emotional Exhaustion

Previous research has investigated expensive top-down interventions for burnout. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal proposes that encouraging employees to use self-reflective job titles can be a cost-effective alternative, as it has been found to effectively reduce emotional exhaustion through increasing self-verification and psychological safety. [Read More]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – August 2014

I/O AT WORK’s Top 5 most popular article reviews for August 2014. Includes article reviews on Job Interviewers’ Selling Orientation, Corporate Social Performance, Team Personality, Fostering Creativity and more! [Read More]

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Social Media at Work: Implications for Productivity

The use of social media at work is becoming increasingly common. A recent study done to develop a questionnaire for measuring good and bad social media behaviors revealed that, in addition to harmful social media behaviors being related to decreased performance, the beneficial behaviors seemed to have no significant relationship to performance. In short, no particular increase in performance output was detected. [Read More]

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Combating Stereotype Threat in the Workplace

Employees are often concerned that they are being judged or stereotyped based on their demographics, and their job performance and work attitudes are often negatively affected. This perceived stereotype threat may be eliminated if actively confronted by organizational leaders using training or affirmation, rather than being passively ignored and allowed to fester. [Read More]

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Teamwork- How Team Personality Influences Individual Behaviors

Teamwork is often an unavoidable necessity in most workplaces, and crucial for productivity and competitiveness. A new study examines how team personality traits such as extroversion and agreeableness ultimately influenced individuals’ helping behaviors. Groups who ranked high on extroversion seemed to adopt cooperative norms, which influenced individual behaviors, whereas agreeableness seemed to impact only individual helping. [Read More]

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How Corporate Social Performance Attracts Job Seekers

Corporate Social Performance is on the incline, and job seekers are increasingly starting to take notice. A new study examines how corporate social performance– including community involvement and pro-environmental efforts– can impact recruitment efforts and even make a company stand out among eager job seekers. [Read More]

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How Job Interviewers’ Selling Orientation Impacts Their Judgment

Job interviewers often have two goals in mind when meeting an applicant: Evaluating the candidate’s fit for the company and the position, and selling the company’s benefits to the prospective employee. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal examines how this “selling orientation” impacts interviewers’ judgment, suggesting a separation of the attraction and evaluation processes. [Read More]

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How Well-Connected Leaders Help Foster Creativity

How can you best foster innovation and creativity in your organization? New research suggests that the key might be the width of leaders’ social networks. By working with leaders who have substantial social networks, employees are granted more resources to utilize in creative ways. [Read More]

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Why Organizations Should Invest in Executive Coaching

Executive coaching has gained popularity in organizations over the last decade. However, quantitative evidence measuring its effectiveness has been rare. A new study examines the effects of a well-designed coaching program during organizational change and provides evidence confirming their benefits. [Read More]