Stigma-by-Association: How Follower Characteristics Influence Evaluation of Leaders

It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading. [Read More]

Emotional Leaders Can Affect Job Performance

How do leaders’ emotions affect employees’ work? A new study finds a connection between leaders’ anger and happiness displays and employees’ motivation to engage in voluntary work performance. [Read More]

Workplace Incivility: Why Nice Employees Finish First!

Do you remember being told to “play nice” as a child? Well, all those years of playing nice may just pay off in the workplace! A new study shows that individuals who engage in good behavior instead of workplace incivility, are more likely to be perceived as a leader, are more frequently sought out for advice, and have better job performance. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” [Read More]

How Employees Develop Passion For Work

Do you have passion for work? If not, do you at least know someone who does? Why does it seem that some people have passion for work and others merely go through the motions? New research shows that people have two different mindsets about how to achieve passion for their jobs. Organizations need to understand each mindset in order to assist both types of people in achieving passion and job satisfaction. [Read More]

Working From Home: Telework Can Keep Employees Happy

For some jobs, working from home is just not possible. This is especially true if you are an assembly line technician, postal worker, coal miner, or pirate. But in the new economy, many professions require little else but a computer and mouse. This is why telework—or working from home—is all the rage. But does it work? And is it good for employees? [Read More]

How to Inspire Workplace Innovation: Increase Self-Efficacy

Where does workplace innovation come from? Innovative people, of course. But finding those people or predicting who those people will be is a near-impossible task for most organizations. So what can we do about this problem? New research shows that organizations can use a simple strategy to inspire all their employees to make innovative contributions. [Read More]

How to Stop Distracting Technology in the Workplace

Modern technology allows us to do some pretty amazing things. One of these things includes playing an engaging game of chess with someone on the opposite side of the planet while sitting at your work desk. Yes, technology can be distracting. But what can employers do about it? How can they make sure that employees focus on the work that they are supposed to be doing? [Read More]

Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – July 2015

I/O at Work’s Top 5 Most Popular Reviews for July 2015. Includes article reviews on age diversity in the workplace, the hidden dangers of narcissistic leaders, diversity training and creativity, the future of HR, and our #1 most popular review… … [Read More]

Leveraging Human Capital: Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep?

Who do you really want answering that important 3am phone call? Probably not your employee. New organizational theory proposes that constant connectedness or working irregular hours can lead to sleep deprivation. While pushing employees extra hard may seem to initially increase organizational performance, it is certainly no long-term winning strategy. [Read More]

Work-Life Balance and Smartphones: Disaster in the Making?

Research shows that smartphone use disrupts the balance between work and home. A new study shows that supervisor and coworker expectations of smartphone use during non-work hours can harmfully affect work-life balance. The study also found that feeling engaged at work may weaken the relationship between smartphone use and work-home interference. [Read More]