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Organizational Newcomers: Conflict Can Lead to Worse Performance

When employees are new to an organization, they have a lot to learn. What are the policies and procedures? How should the work be done? Where is the coffee machine? But new research shows that newcomers who experience conflict with coworkers might not get all the information they need, ultimately hurting job performance. What can we do about it? [Read More]

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Do Telecommuters Have Better Job Performance?

Are telecommuters better performers than their in-office counterparts? A new study examines the performance of telecommuters compared to their traditional office counterparts. Results show that in certain situations, telecommuting increases task performance and organizational citizenship behavior. [Read More]

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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. [Read More]

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Work-Family Conflict Changes How You Do Your Job

I’ll bet that if you have a job and also have a family, you probably have experienced work-family conflict. Work and family are both demanding and time-consuming, and there simply aren’t always enough hours in the day to satisfy the needs of both. New research shows that this pervasive type of conflict can affect the choices we make while at work, which can lead to career-altering outcomes. [Read More]

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Emotional Intelligence Leads to Good Moods and Creativity in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence sounds like it’s good for lots of positive things, but can you believe that creativity in the workplace is among them? New research confirms this somewhat unexpected finding, and shows that it really makes a lot of sense. What does this mean for organizations, and how can you use this to foster creativity in your workplace? [Read More]

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Manager Personality Can Lead to Organization-Wide Performance

Even though I-O psychologists have made a pretty convincing case for selecting employees based on intelligence, the case for selecting employees based on personality is less clear, and oftentimes debated. If you’re not convinced yet, new research shows that manager personality may not only impact individual job performance, but may also impact a company’s bottom line. Will you jump on the personality bandwagon? [Read More]

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Recruitment Tips: Highlight Person-Organization Fit

Organizations are always trying to attract top talent. How can they gain a recruitment edge over the competition? New research shows that even before organizations begin to seriously evaluate applicants, these same applicants have already made an important assessment about the organizations that may affect their likelihood of accepting a job offer. How can organizations use this knowledge to their advantage? [Read More]

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Ethical Leadership Inspires Trust and Employee Success

Psychologists have identified a host of managerial styles that may result in positive organizational outcomes. But what is the role of ethical leadership? Is it even a real thing, or is it just some wishy-washy feel-good concept? Fortunately, a new study shows that ethical leadership is real, distinct, and can lead your employees and organization to success. [Read More]

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Work Overload and Job Demands Lead to Lower Professional Standards

If you work in a typical cubicle and skip washing your hands, it’s gross, and you might give your coworker a cold. When doctors and nurses don’t wash their hands, it could be deadly. How do job demands and work overload influence the rate at which health-care providers maintain required hygiene standards, and what does this mean for your organization? [Read More]

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Organizational Justice: Do Employees Give the Benefit of the Doubt?

Modern-day organizations should be concerned with fairly and justly treating their employees. Besides for ethical reasons, we might expect positive organizational outcomes when employees are treated well. But how do employees determine if their organization is being fair to them, especially when they don’t always have the requisite information? Will they give the benefit of the doubt, or take a more pessimistic approach? [Read More]