Category: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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Effective Negotiation: When Does Expressing Sadness Work?

Many popular books are written on how to succeed at high stakes negotiation, but researchers continue to study specific techniques to determine what really works. What about the emotion of sadness? If you need something from someone, are you more likely to get it if you let your lip tremble and solemnly wipe a tear from the corner of your eye? Or is that going to backfire?

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Good Moods Encourage Speaking Up at Work

You have a wonderful idea about how to improve your workplace, but will you tell anybody about it? Sometimes speaking up is difficult to do. After all, you might be chastised or mocked for daring to challenge the status quo. New research shows that the mood of the potential listener may help determine whether or not you choose to speak up.

The Most Important Skill for Getting a Job and Creating a Successful Career

After I graduate, I have the short-term goal of getting a job and the long-term goal of having a successful career. What skills do I need to accomplish each goal? Are they the same skills or different ones? A new study suggests that one set of skills is extremely important both on the job hunt and in building a successful career.

Idiosyncratic Deals: How work arrangements affect job performance

Flex-schedules, work from home, modified hours, alternate office locations – lately the news is full of debates as to whether or not idiosyncratic deals and atypical work arrangements really, well, work. A recent study suggests that not only do such idiosyncratic deals, or i-deals, work – they actually improve job performance and inspire employee gratitude.

Relationship Between Situational Demands and Job Performance

Most people are able to learn the situational demands of different environments and apply them appropriately. The job selection process, with its involved interviews and situational tests, is a peculiar and specialized kind of environment. New research suggests that an under-examined element that may come into play, not only during this part of the hiring process, but also in job performance generally.

The Downside to Monitoring Web-based Trainings

There are many reasons to monitor employees. Particularly when implementing relatively new technologies such as web-based trainings, it might seem wise to monitor not only employee skill acquisition, but also their efficiency completing the training, their internet activity, even the speed of their keystrokes. However, monitoring has a downside.

How to get Promoted: Lessons from the movie Office Space

Competition for rewards can be fierce within a company. Many employees fear making too big a wave or drawing too much attention to themselves. But some research paints an opposite picture for how to get promoted. Rewards are likely to go to the employees who interact with their bosses the most. Keeping your head down and working hard may not be the best recipe for success.

Big Five Personality Factors: Are they effective for Hiring Selection?

What’s wrong with the Big Five Personality Factors? Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism – for years these broad measures have been used in hiring selection. But are they too broad? It’s possible that more specific measures that directly relate to position requirements could be better indicators of job success.

Raise employee engagement with volunteerism

More and more companies are implementing volunteer programs. So, what effect do company-sponsored volunteerism programs have on the employees who participate? Is a strong culture of volunteerism key to employee engagement? In this study, learn how a strong volunteer program is a win for the NGO, a win for the employee who volunteers, and a win for the company that sponsors volunteer programs.

The Key to Stop Thinking About Work When You’re Poolside

In the present study, the authors examined how partners and children effect employees’ ability to stop thinking about work. They hypothesized that a romantic partner’s work-home balance plays a large role an employee’s ability to detach from their work during leisure time. However, the presence of kids may weaken the strength of this relationship.