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Will Being an Average Performer Prevent Employee Victimization?

Could an individual’s workplace performance determine whether or not they are subjected to employee victimization? A new study finds that both high and low performers may be victimized at work, but through different forms of aggressive behavior. Because future work performance may be impaired by such treatment, there is both an individual and organizational imperative to deal with this issue. [Read More]

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How to Create Successful Work Teams

Teamwork is essential to organizational success. But assembling a team that can work together effectively can make all the difference in whether a given project succeeds or fails. A new study suggests members’ individual needs play a significant role in intragroup conflict, and should be strongly considered when putting a work team together. [Read More]

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Diversity Climate Cues in Recruitment: Do They Really Work?

Diversity in the workplace has become an increasingly important topic in recent years. A new study examines the draw of diversity during the hiring process, with a focus on how a prospective employee’s perception of an organization’s diversity climate may ultimately affect their interest in pursuing a given job. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – May 2014

I/O AT WORK’s Top 5 most popular article reviews for May 2014. Including articles about Envy, Feedback, Shared Leadership, Surviving Abusive Supervisors and more! [Read More]

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Interviews: How to Identify a Deceptive Job Candidate

The applicant interview is crucial in finding the perfect candidate for a given position. But what happens when applicants use deceptive impression management to weasel their way into a job. A new study examines how organizations can try to alleviate the problem by selecting interviewers capable of detecting when an applicant is being deceptive. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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The Connection Between Sleep Deprivation, Caffeine and Self-Control

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. [Read More]

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Taking control back: Surviving an Abusive Supervisor

Abusive supervisors have become increasingly common in recent years, and can have a devastating effect on workplace morale and productivity. A new study examines how employees can maintain job performance while dealing with an abusive supervisor, and ultimately found that the individual’s personality has a more significant effect than their choice of coping strategy. [Read More]

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Leadership Self-Efficacy: The Key to Leaders’ Reactions to Challenging Experiences

The ability to overcome challenging experiences is widely viewed as essential to a leader’s growth. But what causes some leaders to respond negatively to challenges? A new study suggests that Leadership Self-Efficacy– the belief in one’s ability to complete tasks and achieve goals– plays a central role in determining whether leaders respond to challenges with effective engagement or avoidance. [Read More]