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Territorial Marking Can Impact Workplace Creativity

“Can you give me feedback on this new idea?” What if I phrase the question differently: “Can you give me feedback on my new idea that I have?” Does that little change affect how you feel about the situation? The difference between the two is in “territorial marking.” New research shows that it can impact creativity. [Read More]

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Power Disparity on Teams: Now We Know When It Works

Power can be a hot commodity in the workplace, and because it’s so desirable, it’s not unusual for opportunistic people to snatch it all up. But what happens when the balance of power becomes extreme, and a limited number of people have all of the power? Is this good or bad for team performance? And is the answer the same in every situation? [Read More]

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How Mindfulness Can Cool Employees with a Hot Temper

Have you ever felt like you were wronged at work? If you’re normal, the answer is probably yes. Although personal or professional slights are part of interacting with others, sometimes feeling wronged can lead people to retaliate in ways that are harmful to other employees or the organization. How can we effectively manage perceived injustice and make sure to avoid these ugly outcomes? [Read More]

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What Can We Learn from 10 Years of Virtual Team Research?

Long ago, employees working on a team had to show up at the same address every morning at 9am. They may have even had to drink from the same pot of coffee. My how quickly things have changed! With the drastically improving state of technology, a work team can consist of employees working together from around the globe. But is this a good idea? Does work quality improve or decline? What does research have to say? [Read More]

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Can Leadership or Climate Influence Underreporting of Workplace Accidents?

How can an organization reduce workplace accidents if they don’t even know when or how they happen? This is the conundrum posed by employees who sweep accidents under the proverbial rug and hide them from supervisors and officials. Disturbingly, labor statistics demonstrate that this is not an uncommon occurrence. If so, how can organizations combat the ills of underreporting workplace accidents? [Read More]

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Can Mentoring Increase Organizational Citizenship Behavior?

Organizational citizenship behavior means going the extra mile, and it’s easy to see how it can benefit organizations. Getting people to do it? Well, that’s a trickier subject. Researchers have long believed that mentoring may help, but is this really true? Can organizations create pro-active workers who routinely go beyond their job requirements? [Read More]

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How to Reduce Emotional Exhaustion at Work

Have you ever seen restaurant servers smile earnestly despite being treated rudely by a group of rowdy patrons? How do they do it? Research has long explored strategies used by service industry employees to meet the emotionally demanding “display rules” necessary for their profession. What works best? And when does it work best? [Read More]

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Transformational Leadership: Good for You and Good for Them

Which leadership style is best? Instinctively, we might answer this question by considering how leadership affects followers. But have you considered that choice of leadership style can affect the leaders themselves? That’s right, new research shows that a certain kind of leadership behavior can have distinct positive benefits for leaders. Transformational leadership—there is more than meets the eye. [Read More]

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Top 5 Most Popular Article Reviews – October 2015

I/O at Work’s top 5 most popular reviews from October 2015 include topics such as Leadership Behavior, Employee Productivity, Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Workplace, Talent Management, and Telecommuting. [Read More]

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Narcissistic Leaders Can Use Humility to Succeed

At first glance, narcissistic leaders don’t sound like the kind of people we’d want to work for. But have you considered that narcissism often comes with many character traits—like unwavering self-confidence—that are crucial to successful leadership? Is there a way to benefit from the “good” parts of narcissism without suffering from the “bad” parts? New research shows that a healthy dose of humility can go a long way for the narcissistic personality. [Read More]