Month: May 2009

When the Cat’s Away the Mice Will Cheat. Unless…

Topic: Assessment, Selection Publication: International Journal of Selection and Assessment Article: Two step testing in employee selection: Is score inflation a problem? Blogger: Benjamin Granger Many organizations are moving from traditional proctored selection tests to unproctored web-based tests.  Why? Among other advantages, unproctored web-based selection tests are often cheaper (no need

Office Decorations…Keeping Males Calm?

Topic: Job Attitudes, Stress, Work Environment Publication: Environment & Behavior Article:  Anger and Stress: The Role of Landscape Posters in an Office Setting Blogger: LitDigger Is there more to aesthetic beauty than, well, aesthetics?  Office employees may think they’re enjoying art for art’s sake, but the benefits of art may be more complex

Just Having Work-Life Policies in Place Does Not Mean They are Working

Topic: Work-Life Balance Publication: Human Resource ManagementArticle: Work-life policy implementation: Breaking down or creating barriers to inclusiveness? Blogger: Rob Stilson Many companies now have some sort of work-life policies on the books (flex-time, telework, leaves of absence, etc.).  However, research findings indicate that these policies may either have no effect or even a negative effect

Just Having Work-Life Policies in Place Does Not Mean They are Working

Topic: Work-Life Balance Publication: Human Resource Management Article: Work-life policy implementation: Breaking down or creating barriers to inclusiveness?  Blogger: Rob Stilson Many companies now have some sort of work-life policies on the books (flex-time, telework, leaves of absence, etc.).  However, research findings indicate that these policies may either have no effect or even a

How Do You Say “Stress” in Mandarin?

Topic: Stress Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Theories of job stress and the role of traditional values:  A longitudinal study in China. Blogger: Larry Martinez Here’s an ultra-brief but necessary synopsis of stress theory:  difficult, restrictive jobs create stress, and stress is bad for your health.  Researchers suggest mediating the negative effects of

Watch Your Head! Ceteris Paribus is Falling!

Topic: Decision Making, Judgement Publication: Academy of Management Article: Resolving the commitment versus flexibility tradeoff: The role of resource accumulation lags. Blogger: Katie Bachman Ceteris paribus—all else equal—is the economist’s favorite term. It covers all manner of sins because, as we know in psychology, nothing is ever equal or same or whatever. It is the assumption of no variance and it is the mark of an economics article, which is

Fostering Fairness in the Workplace: Why it’s so worth it!

Topic: Citizenship Behavior, Organizational Justice Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior Article: Meta-analytic tests of relationships between organizational justice and citizenship behavior: Testing agent-system and shared-variance models. Blogger: Benjamin Granger Leaders are recognizing that organizations, employees, and customers benefit from non-required cooperative behaviors that go on in the workplace.  These behaviors are referred to as

Stop Faking Before It Happens

Topic: Assessment, Personality Assessment Publication:  International Journal of Selection and Assessment Article: Comparing personality test formats and warnings: Effects on criterion-related validity and test-taker reactions Authors:  P.D. Converse Reviewed by: Benjamin Granger Although personality testing in employee selection settings is a common practice, it hasn’t gone without critique.  The reason for this is

If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours – unless your hands are covered in thorns.

Topic: Change Management, Job Attitudes, Organizational Performance Publication: Journal of Business Research Article:  Exploring civic virtue and turnover intention during organizational changes.  Blogger: LitDigger If you buy me a coffee, I’ll tell you what I know. If you cover my shift, I’ll cover yours next week.  If you buy me dinner,