Category: Fairness

Being Fair

The Dark Side of Procedural Justice: When Being Fair Isn’t Enough

We tend to think that fairness in the workplace is always good, but new research has found a situation in which fairness can actually cause trouble between employees. In fact, it may be leading envious employees to act out in counter-productive ways. How does this happen, and how can organizations best prepare themselves to deal with the problem?

Reducing Stereotyping

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.

Avoiding Adverse Impact: Selection Procedures That Increase Organizational Diversity

Cognitive testing has long been used for selection procedures in order to ensure hiring suitable applicants. But this method has also discriminated against minority groups, ultimately affecting organizational diversity. A recent study investigated how sophisticated weighing techniques for specific abilities related to a job could increase diversity while still ensuring the right hire.

Welcome to the Future: Investigating Mobile Devices as Assessment Platforms

In the past, the advent of greater access to computers and the Internet inexorably changed the methods by which organizations recruited talent, and also the way in which possible hopefuls searched for and applied to these organizations. A new study suggests that assessment via mobile phone could be the wave of the near future.

How a Structured Employment Interview Can Make a Difference

When structured properly, a job interview can help predict various aspects of employee performance even better than cognitive and personality tests. A new study examines how a Structured Employment Interview should be conducted for maximum benefit, suggesting pre-set questions and a set rating scale for responses.

When Leaders Do Not Treat Employees Equally

You can’t like everyone. Even as a leader, it is difficult to treat all your employees equally. Some share your interests, have been with you for longer, or are just plain more likable. Others you don’t know as well or don’t like as much. It happens. But if you allow relationships with your subordinates to become too different from one another, job performance in your organization will suffer.

Workplace Discrimination Against Non-Native Speakers

When we discuss a glass ceiling, we are usually thinking of women. But non-native speakers face similar workplace discrimination. Surprisingly, neither conventional racism nor anticipated problems with communication or collaboration ability are to blame. A new study explains the unexpected misperception that leads to this type of discrimination.

Why Should Managers Care about Being Fair? (Human Resource Management)

Topic: Fairness, Organizational Justice, Organizational Performance Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Fairness at the collective level: A meta-analytic examination of the consequences and boundary conditions of organizational justice climate. Authors: Whitman, D. S., Caleo, S., Carpenter, N. C., Horner, M. T., and Bernerth, J. B. Reviewer: Neil Morelli Organizational

When It Comes to Employee Health, More than an ‘Apple a Day’ is Needed (IO Psychology)

 Topic: Health & Safety, Organizational Justice, Fairness, Burnout, Stress Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2012) Article: Perceived Unfairness and Employee Health: A Meta-Analytic Integration Authors: Robbins, Jordan M.; Ford, Michael T.; Tetrick, Lois E. Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood, M.S. Practitioners and employers alike have expressed concern around the effects

Distracted Interviewing: The Case of Facial Scars (IO Psychology)

Topic: Interviewing, Fairness Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAR 2012) Article: Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants in Interviews: An Eye-Tracking and Face-to-Face Investigation Authors: J.M. Madera, M.R. Hebl Reviewed By: Ben Sher It’s easy to imagine reasons why a job interviewer might be distracted: Workplace politics, trouble at home, unnecessarily