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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. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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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? [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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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.” [Read More]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – June 2015

I/O at Work’s Top 5 Most Popular Reviews for June 2015. Includes article reviews on recruitment tips, ethics in the workplace, telecommuter performance, ethical leadership, and our #1 most popular review… [Read More]

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Effective Negotiation: When Does Expressing Sadness Work?

Many popular books are written on how to succeed at high stakes negotiation, but researchers continue to study specific techniques to determine what really works. What about the emotion of sadness? If you need something from someone, are you more likely to get it if you let your lip tremble and solemnly wipe a tear from the corner of your eye? Or is that going to backfire? [Read More]

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Organizational Newcomers: Conflict Can Lead to Worse Performance

When employees are new to an organization, they have a lot to learn. What are the policies and procedures? How should the work be done? Where is the coffee machine? But new research shows that newcomers who experience conflict with coworkers might not get all the information they need, ultimately hurting job performance. What can we do about it? [Read More]