Category: Off The Wall

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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.

Make It Rain: How bad weather could be good for work productivity

When people think of rainy days, they tend to picture themselves lazing about, perhaps curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. But a new study suggests that bad weather may actually be good for workplace productivity, improving employee speed, accuracy and focus on task. The reason? There’s less distraction outside than there is on bright, sunny days.

Being Nice Matters: The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility for Employee Well-Being

Topic: Organizational Reputation, Off the Wall Publication: Research in Organizational Behavior (2012) Article: Corporate Social Responsibility as a Source of Employee Satisfaction Authors: Christopher W. Bauman & Linda J. Skitka Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada In light of the many corporate scandals that have rocked the U.S. over the past several

A Crash Course in Adopting New Technology—It’s All About The Bandwagon

Topic: Business Strategy, Off the Wall Publication: Journal of Management Article: Closing the Technology Adoption–Use Divide: The Role of Contiguous User Bandwagon Authors: G. Lanzolla & F. F. Suarez Reviewed By: Katie Bachman Did you ever buy something that was really expensive, but you could sort of justify the purchase

The Punchline: A Meta-Analytic Review of Humor in the Workplace

Topic: Off the Wall Publication: Journal of Managerial Psychology (2012) Article: A Meta-Analysis of Positive Humor in the Workplace Authors: Mesmer-Magnus, J., Glew, D. J., & Viswesvaran, C. Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada As a serious academic and applied discipline, IO psychology is not a field known for turning out humorists.

What Does PHR Buy You?

Topic: Off The Wall
Publication: International Journal of Selection and Assessment (SEP 2010)
Article: The impact of passing the Professional in Human Resources Exam on early career success for undergraduate entering the human resources field
Authors: S.W. Lester, J. Mencl, C. Maranto, K.A. Bourne and T. Keaveny
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

Getting Published is Hard to Do

Topic: Off the Wall Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (JAN 2010) Article: Publishing today is more difficult than ever Authors: N. Ashkanasy Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger As editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB), Neal Ashkanasy opens the first issue of 2010 with a commentary on how dramatically publishing