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Employee Sleepiness is Harmful for the Workplace

  Sleepiness is what happens when people feel a strong biological urge to sleep. Unlike fatigue, which usually occurs when becoming exhausted by hard work, sleepiness has several different causes. These causes include poor sleep quantity (not getting enough sleep), … [Read More]

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Specific Cognitive Abilities Can Benefit Selection Programs

When organizations spend millions of dollars on selection programs, return on investment becomes paramount. New research shows that we can improve our ability to predict job or training success when using tests of specific cognitive abilities, as long as these abilities are aligned with the actual job requirements. [Read More]

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Workplace Privacy is a Growing Need

Facebook walls, Twitter feeds, nosy co-workers peeking over cubicles, sometimes it feels like our privacy is under constant attack. But even though workplace privacy is a growing concern for many employees, not everyone has the same privacy needs. What can organizations do to fulfill the privacy needs of all their employees? [Read More]

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Climate Uniformity: A New Concept with Important Organizational Outcomes

Organizational climate can be a tricky subject, especially when there are multiple distinct opinions about the quality of a workplace. So what happens when some employees feel organizational support and other employees don’t? Poor communication, heightened task-conflict, and poor performance can occur. [Read More]

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Back to the Drawing Board: Surviving Career Setbacks

Suddenly everything has gone wrong! Whether it’s a failed project or a failed career, workplace setbacks can derail even the most well-laid plans. What can employees do in response? A new article says determine the reason for failure, identify new goals, and seize the moment. [Read More]

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Lack of Supervisor Justice Leads to Team Cohesiveness

We usually expect good outcomes to come from good leadership and bad outcomes to come from bad leadership. To the contrary, new research shows that team cohesiveness is stronger when there is a lack of supervisor justice. How does that happen, and what does it mean for the typical workplace? [Read More]

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Reducing Stereotyping: What You’re Doing May Not be Working

Stereotypes can be harmful, especially in a workplace. So how can organizations train employees to reduce the influence of stereotypes on their behavior? New research shows that discussing the prevalence of negative stereotypes can actually make things worse. Instead, it may be better to highlight examples of employees who do not believe in or act on stereotypes. [Read More]

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Workplace Bullying: Corrupt and Harmful to Organizations

We tend to think of bullying as something that happens to kids at school, but a new review discusses the prevalence of workplace bullying, as well as its alarming harmful effects. Researchers are starting to consider bullying another form of organizational corruption. [Read More]

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How a Sense of Calling Can Affect Career Decisions

New research reveals that having a strong sense of ”calling” early on in life may help later in navigating the tension between choosing the career you want versus choosing one for financial stability and job security. When a sense of calling is stronger earlier in life, perceived ability plays a greater role than actual ability when it comes to actually pursuing a challenging career. [Read More]

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Using Organizational Socialization Tactics to Help Newcomers Adjust

New research shows that certain organizational socialization tactics can help reduce newcomer anxiety and foster a greater sense of competence on the job. When socialization tactics enable the building of trusting relationships, organizations can facilitate greater organizational commitment among newcomers. [Read More]