Month: March 2010

The Organizational Benefits of Work Life Balance

Topic: Work-Life Balance Publication: Business Horizons Article: Embracing the whole individual: Advantages of a dual-centric perspective of work and life Authors: Bourne, K.A., Wilson, F., Lester, S.W., & Kickul, J. Reviewed By: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl Researchers have found that 95% of employees rate their lives outside of work as equally or more

Perceived Prosocial Impact: The Burnout Antidote

Topic: Burnout Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2010) Article: Doing good buffers against feeling bad: Prosocial impact compensates for negative task and self-evaluations. Authors: A.M. Grant, and S. Sonnentag Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Employee burnout often manifests itself in the form of emotional exhaustion which has been found to

Can Personality Lead to Better Performance?

Topic: Motivation, Personality, Job Performance Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (MAR 2009) Article: Using a two-factor theory of achievement motivation to examine performance-based outcomes and self-regulatory processes. Authors: Story, P.A., Hart, J.W., Stasson, M.F., & Mahoney, J.M. Reviewed By: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl Have you ever wondered why some employees seem to find

SJTs: They’re Not Perfect, but Gosh Darn it they Work!

Topic: Selection Publication: Human Performance ( JAN 2010) Article: Contextual effects on SJT responses: An examination of construct validity and mean differences across applicant and incumbent contexts Authors: W.I. MacKenzie, R.E. Ployhart, J.A. Weekley, and C. Ehlers Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger A situational judgment test (SJT) is a commonly used employee

Subconscious Goal Setting: Pursuing Goals Without Even Knowing It

Topic: Goals Publication: Journal of Management (JAN 2010) Article: The relevance and viability of subconscious goals in the workplace Authors: G.P. Latham, A.D. Stajkovic, and E.A. Locke Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that goal-setting is an effective strategy for improving employee performance. What

Do Optimistic Predictions Lead to Quicker Completion Times?

Topic: Goals, Job Performance, Judgment Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (JAN 2010) Article: Finishing on time: When do predictions influence completion times? Authors: R. Buehler, J. Peetz, and D. Griffin Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Past research has shown that human beings often underestimate the amount of time necessary for

Brainwriting – a New Trend for Increased Innovation?

Topic: Creativity Publication: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (MAR 2009) Article: Better than brainstorming? Potential contextual boundary conditions to brainwriting for idea generation in organizations. Author: P. A. Heslin Reviewed By: Sarah Teague The generation of innovative ideas is essential to the success of modern organizations. In attempts to facilitate