A Snapshot of SIOP 2016 (Pt. 5) – SIOP Bonus Coverage

We’ve partnered with numerous SIOP presenters, and they’ve provided us with the nitty-gritty on some of the very best presentations, offered to you in a multi-part series.

How Childhood Social Class Influences CEO Risk Taking

The American Dream is often exemplified by “rags to riches” stories, where individuals achieve success despite humble family origins. But do these individuals forget their roots once they have ascended the social class ladder? A recent study suggests that social class origins continue to influence CEOs, even after they have moved from lower to higher social class standings.

Narcissistic Leaders Can Use Humility to Succeed

At first glance, narcissistic leaders don’t sound like the kind of people we’d want to work for. But have you considered that narcissism often comes with many character traits—like unwavering self-confidence—that are crucial to successful leadership? Is there a way to benefit from the “good” parts of narcissism without suffering from the “bad” parts? New research shows that a healthy dose of humility can go a long way for the narcissistic personality.

Can Work Breaks Increase Employee Productivity?

We all like breaks: Lunch breaks, coffee breaks, water-cooler breaks, checking Facebook breaks, week in Maui breaks. But won’t lots of breaks hurt an organization’s bottom line? New research shows that the opposite may be true. Breaks may be beneficial for employee success.

What Science Tells Us About Telecommuting

Is telecommuting an effective work arrangement? A new review of the existing research makes informed conclusions about telecommuting implications for different work outcomes, including job satisfaction, organizational commitment, stress, performance, wages, withdrawal behavior, and firm-level metrics. So what’s the bottom line? Does telecommuting make life better or worse?

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Fashion Forward Talent Management

There are powerhouse companies behind the brands Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Gucci, and they are fierce contenders in the war for talent. These luxury mega-giants are proving that talent management is always in vogue. What do these companies do differently to ensure that their brands remain on top? What is their secret?

Why Would People Stigmatize Employees Who Volunteer?

How is volunteering perceived in the workplace? Contrary to expectations, employees who volunteer are viewed both positively and negatively depending on the perceived motives behind the volunteering. The results of a recent study show that volunteering for the “wrong reasons” results in negative judgment and potentially harmful behavior toward employee volunteers.

Ethnic and Gender Discrimination When Reviewing Job Resumes

They say that recruiters look at job resumes for just a few seconds, but sometimes that’s all it takes for a job applicant to be categorized and judged accordingly. Some of these categorizations may not work out in the applicant’s favor, especially when stereotypes and group biases are in play. What situations are most prone to hiring discrimination, and what can organizations do to make sure they treat all applicants fairly?

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The Future of Human Resources: Create Value

Is HR useful for anything? Well, of course we think it is or we probably wouldn’t have this website. Yet there always seem to be a few skeptics out there. So what does HR have to do to finally and fully be acknowledged as a strategic partner in organizational success? The key, says a new article, is in creating value for the organization. The future of HR may actually be brighter than its past.

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The Psychology of Unemployment: Can Personality Change?

Unemployment is a scary sounding word. In today’s economy it seems typical to be “between jobs” for an extended amount of time. Have you ever considered the psychological effects of being out of work? New research shows that extended unemployment can even change someone’s personality.

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The Role of HR as a Strategic Partner: Forming the G3

It’s no secret that HR leaders have struggled for some time to get a “seat at the table,” and to be seen as credible business partners. As the world becomes increasingly more complex, human capital continues to be one of the most often cited challenges facing the CEOs of today. A new article suggest that a different and more strategic role for the CHRO, or Chief Human Resources Officer, is necessary.

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Leader Decision Making: Balancing Company Needs Versus Employee Needs

Leaders are often met with paradoxes. Sometimes they must choose between the needs of the organization and the needs of their employees. But a recent study shows that it might not be necessary to choose just one side. How can Eastern cultural values help leaders please everyone? Can leaders really satisfy company needs as well as employee needs?

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Diversity Training: Are All Methods Equal?

The workforce is more diverse than it has ever been, with the number of female, racial or ethnic minority, and older employees continuously increasing. With the change in worker composition, organizations are becoming increasingly focused on diversity training. But, are all methods equal? A recent article shows that some methods may be more effective than others.

When Does Job Security Affect Job Performance?

Job security has become a recurring theme after the economic downturn. It seems that nobody is completely immune to the threat of layoffs. Have you ever wondered what this does to the productivity and effectiveness of employees? What can employers do to make sure that their employees don’t become discouraged in the face of job insecurity, and instead maintain good job performance?

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The Recipe for Creating Proactive Employees

Good employees may do whatever is asked of them, but better employees don’t wait to be told: they assess the situation, take initiative, and make positive changes on their own. But where can we find these magical people? New research shows that certain types of people are more likely to be proactive, and there is also something employers can do to encourage proactive behavior in the workplace.

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Stigma-by-Association: How Follower Characteristics Influence Evaluation of Leaders

It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading.

Workplace Incivility: Nice Employees Finish First

Workplace Incivility: Why Nice Employees Finish First!

Do you remember being told to “play nice” as a child? Well, all those years of playing nice may just pay off in the workplace! A new study shows that individuals who engage in good behavior instead of workplace incivility, are more likely to be perceived as a leader, are more frequently sought out for advice, and have better job performance. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

How Employees Develop Passion For Work

Do you have passion for work? If not, do you at least know someone who does? Why does it seem that some people have passion for work and others merely go through the motions? New research shows that people have two different mindsets about how to achieve passion for their jobs. Organizations need to understand each mindset in order to assist both types of people in achieving passion and job satisfaction.

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Working From Home: Telework Can Keep Employees Happy

For some jobs, working from home is just not possible. This is especially true if you are an assembly line technician, postal worker, coal miner, or pirate. But in the new economy, many professions require little else but a computer and mouse. This is why telework—or working from home—is all the rage. But does it work? And is it good for employees?

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How to Inspire Workplace Innovation: Increase Self-Efficacy

Where does workplace innovation come from? Innovative people, of course. But finding those people or predicting who those people will be is a near-impossible task for most organizations. So what can we do about this problem? New research shows that organizations can use a simple strategy to inspire all their employees to make innovative contributions.

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How to Stop Distracting Technology in the Workplace

Modern technology allows us to do some pretty amazing things. One of these things includes playing an engaging game of chess with someone on the opposite side of the planet while sitting at your work desk. Yes, technology can be distracting. But what can employers do about it? How can they make sure that employees focus on the work that they are supposed to be doing?

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Leveraging Human Capital: Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep?

Who do you really want answering that important 3am phone call? Probably not your employee. New organizational theory proposes that constant connectedness or working irregular hours can lead to sleep deprivation. While pushing employees extra hard may seem to initially increase organizational performance, it is certainly no long-term winning strategy.

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Work-Life Balance and Smartphones: Disaster in the Making?

Research shows that smartphone use disrupts the balance between work and home. A new study shows that supervisor and coworker expectations of smartphone use during non-work hours can harmfully affect work-life balance. The study also found that feeling engaged at work may weaken the relationship between smartphone use and work-home interference.

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The Future of HR: Bringing Human Resources into the 21st Century

The words “Human Resources” conjure up images of paperwork for some, but true HR professionals understand the value of effective human resource management. The time is ripe for HR leaders to step up to the plate. A new article by Peter Cappelli provides must-read tips for anyone looking to take a company’s people processes to the next level.

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The Hidden Danger of Narcissistic Leaders

In recent memory, we’ve seen seemingly well-intentioned CEOs engage in unethical behavior that eventually leads to organizational ruin. Why do they do it? Don’t these executives stand to lose the most from organizational failure? After all, their lives and reputations are most intertwined with the company. Fortunately, a groundbreaking theory is beginning to make sense of this baffling situation.

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Goal Orientation: Helping Team Performance or My Own Performance?

We are the few, the proud, the performance-prove goal oriented! True, we have a slightly cumbersome name, but don’t let that fool you. We seek to achieve, to demonstrate our mastery, and to make sure everyone knows how much better than you we are. But starting today, we are on your work team. Will we help your team achieve success, or will we be too caught up in competing with you for personal glory?

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Workforce Diversity: Does Diversity Training Improve Creativity?

Companies talk all the time about the incredible value of diversity in driving innovation and creativity, yet the research tells us it’s not quite so clear-cut. Most companies already utilize some form of diversity training to try to get the most out of their diverse workforces, but even that is no guarantee of success. New research looks at the effectiveness of diversity training, and shows us the conditions in which it should—and shouldn’t—be used.

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How to Survive Toxic Work Relationships by Thriving

Do you have a co-worker with whom interacting is draining? Have you ever worked with someone who was consistently aggravating, challenging, or rude? These types of relationships plague employees and organizations, and are even related to decreased job performance. However, de-energizing relationships can be managed and remedied, specifically through something psychologists call “thriving.”