The American Dream is often exemplified by “rags to riches” stories, where individuals achieve success despite humble family origins. But do these individuals forget their roots once they have ascended the social class ladder? A recent study suggests that social class origins continue to influence CEOs, even after they have moved from lower to higher social class standings.
Leaders are often met with paradoxes. Sometimes they must choose between the needs of the organization and the needs of their employees. But a recent study shows that it might not be necessary to choose just one side. How can Eastern cultural values help leaders please everyone? Can leaders really satisfy company needs as well as employee needs?
It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading.
Unethical employees can be a major problem at work, but not good old co-worker Steve; He’s usually a pretty decent guy. However, today Steve is faced with a moral dilemma: Should he steal Amy’s tasty turkey sandwich that is sitting unattended in the fridge? New research shows that because Steve was just excluded from an interesting lunch-time discussion, it might make him more likely to commit the crime. But why?
What is the role of emotion in the workplace? Of course, at the time of publication, our workplaces are not yet staffed entirely by robots, so emotion will probably play at least a minor role. But have you considered how leaders can harness the power of emotion to help productively influence their employees? Once again, new research shows the way!
Whatever your field of work, you probably have to go to meetings. And no, they are not usually something to look forward to. It’s likely this is the case because they aren’t always productive or even necessary, yet we still continue to have them. So how can we use meetings to actually improve workplace outcomes, and leave employees feeling good? New research highlights the importance of employee participation.
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.
A cup of morning coffee is a workplace tradition that dates back to before the Industrial Revolution. A new study on “The Role of Caffeine and Social Influence” suggests that coffee, sodas, and energy drinks may play an important role in helping sleep-deprived individuals by giving them the extra boost they need to exert better self-control and avoid unethical behavior.
Your boss has more influence than you. The CEO has even more. Until you get to the upper ranks, your personal influence at work is likely to be small and unimportant. So goes popular thinking. However, new research indicates that not only might your boss’s boss have less influence than everyone believes, your own personal influence in the workplace may have a larger effect than you think.
Every day we make choices. Some are small; some are huge. Everyone wants to make the right choices. So, how can we be more effective decision makers? Well, when you want a good answer, ask an expert. Ram Charan, trusted advisor to the corporate elite, gave the Harvard Business Review three concise tips on effective decision making in the twenty-first century.