Category: *Journal of Organizational Behavior

What Type of Happy Employees Can Benefit Organizations?

There has been a growing level of interest in the positive effect of happy employees on organizational outcomes, but the specific meaning of happiness is less clear. A recent article reviews four dimensions of happiness and suggests that the emotion-based dimension plays the most important role in predicting favorable organizational outcomes like job performance and employee retention.

Thriving At Work Rather Than Just Going Through the Motions

Do you want to excel at what you do, instead of just going through the motions? A new study on thriving at work finds that employees who are more hopeful, efficacious, resilient, optimistic, and have supportive supervisors are more likely to succeed, which in turn is related to greater self-development and work performance.

Reaping the Benefits of Diversity Training

Studies show that diversity within organizations can lead to both positive and negative outcomes. The study detailed in “A meta-analytic evaluation of diversity training outcomes” suggests that diversity training– a course of instruction aimed at increasing the participants’ cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in order to benefit an organization– plays a key role in determining the impact diversity has on the company.

Positive Affect: A Balanced Approach to Workplace Implementation

A stressful workplace environment is bad for business. Workers lose creativity, motivation, and stop taking initiative. Eventually, they quit. But what happens when there’s too much of a good thing? When positive affect generators such as team building, stress busting, and social networking become too common, it is actually possible for workers to become too pleased.