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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]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – July 2014

I/O AT WORK’s Top 5 most popular article reviews for July 2014. Includes article reviews on Conflict, Star Performers, Inconsistent Leadership, Leading Virtual Teams and more! [Read More]

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Leading Virtual Teams: An Investigation of Leadership and Structural Supports

Virtual teams are becoming increasingly necessary as work teams interact across geographical lines and cultures. Established models of leadership are much harder in this context, but various solutions may help counter the difficulty of leading a virtual team. New research shows that shared leadership and supplemental structural supports may help enhance performance, mitigating some of the difficulties associated with virtual leadership. [Read More]

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The Secret Recipe for Good Workplace Conflict

Job conflict sounds like a bad thing. But when the circumstances are right, conflict leads to an exchange of valuable information and eventually increased job satisfaction. This new study examines the conditions under which these positive outcomes occur, and provides useful directives for how leaders can harness the positive effects of workplace conflict. [Read More]