Category: *Academy of Management Journal

Servant Leadership Benefits Performance through Serving Culture

Servant leadership sounds like an oxymoron. After all, if you are a leader, how can you be a servant? However, new research shows that there may be clear benefits for organizations and employees when leaders learn how to pull off this unique leadership style. So how can leaders become servant leaders, and how exactly does servant leadership lead to improved job performance, creativity, and lower turnover? New research shows us the way!

Developmental Job Experience

Developmental Job Experience Might Not Be for Everyone

Many companies give employees developmental assignments to facilitate on-the-job learning and leadership skill development. Although these assignments can increase the advancement potential of employees, they may lead to stress-related unpleasant feelings, which increase turnover intention in those with low emotional intelligence.

Self-Reflective Job Titles: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Emotional Exhaustion

Previous research has investigated expensive top-down interventions for burnout. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal proposes that encouraging employees to use self-reflective job titles can be a cost-effective alternative, as it has been found to effectively reduce emotional exhaustion through increasing self-verification and psychological safety.

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.

How to Conduct a Job Interview: Avoid the Sales Pitch

Job interviewers often have two goals in mind when meeting an applicant and conducting a job interview: Evaluate the candidate’s fit for the company or position, and “sell” the job to the prospective employee. A new study shows how this “selling orientation” negatively impacts interviewers’ judgment, suggesting a separation of the attraction and evaluation processes.

Is More Status Inherently Better? Investigating Performance After Status Loss

Is having higher status always the best thing for greater performance outcomes? A new study examines how status loss affects the performance of both high and low status individuals. Researchers found that those with higher status are more likely to experience decreases in the quality of their performance, possibly due to the threat to their self-concept brought about by losing status.

Working Abroad- How to Help Employees Weather the Storm

Many employees are being sent on overseas assignments these days. Some start off working well in foreign cultures, but don’t maintain their adjustment levels over time, while others never perform as well as they did back home. A new study shows that initial motivation and psychological empowerment are crucial to the process, but interact with different kinds of stressors to affect performance in both positive and negative ways.

A Climate for Inclusion & Diversity: Evidence that Being Inclusive Pays Off

Gender diversity in the workplace can fuel insight and creativity. But how do you avoid conflict? New research shows that department managers can maximize the advantages of gender diversity and minimize conflict by establishing a Climate for Inclusion, which means employees are treated fairly, valued, and allowed to weigh in on core decisions.

How Positive Events Can Impact Work-Related Stress

Everyone knows that stress can cause health problems such as high blood pressure, depression, and exhaustion. But a new study found that positive events such as a compliment from a supervisor or achieving a work-related goal can go a long way toward improving employee health, suggesting that “positive intervention” can lead to less work-related stress.

Empowering and Directive Leadership Styles: When Unsatisfied Followers are Better than Satisfied Followers

Do you like your directive boss so much that you do things before you are told? Adored leaders who are directive can inspire their followers to be proactive. However, followers who are unhappy with their leader may actually turn out to be not only the most proactive, but also the most task-proficient when their leader empowers them. Therefore, managers should take follower satisfaction into account when leading.