Category: Performance

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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?

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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?

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Treadmill Desks: Good for Employers and Employees

Forget whistling while you work, how about running a whole entire marathon! That’s right, treadmill desks and cycling desks are now being sold as an alternative to the old-fashioned desks that didn’t really do anything all that interesting. So, do these things actually work? Can employees get physically fit without a loss of productivity? And how do the employees feel after using them?

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What is Gamification and How Can It Improve Organizational Effectiveness?

Playing games or going to work, which is more fun? Okay, that was an easy one, but what if we could make work seem a little like a game? That would probably make work a little more fun, right? This process is called gamification, and researchers are discovering more about how we can use it to motivate employees to feel enthusiastic about going to work.

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Specific Cognitive Abilities Can Benefit Selection Programs

When organizations spend millions of dollars on selection programs, return on investment becomes paramount. New research shows that we can improve our ability to predict job or training success when using tests of specific cognitive abilities, as long as these abilities are aligned with the actual job requirements.

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Climate Uniformity: A New Concept with Important Organizational Outcomes

Organizational climate can be a tricky subject, especially when there are multiple distinct opinions about the quality of a workplace. So what happens when some employees feel organizational support and other employees don’t? Poor communication, heightened task-conflict, and poor performance can occur.

Flow at Work: Recovery Affects Whether Employees will “Be in the Zone”

Experiencing workplace flow is like “being in the zone” and it increases productivity and performance. This study found that feeling recovered impacted the experience of flow during the day, highlighting the importance of recovering from spending energy at work.

Is It Lonely At the Top? The Victimization of High Performers

High Performers are defined as the group of talented employees that typically increase both team and organizational performance. Past research has shown that High Performers are likely to be victimized in the workplace by other organizational members. A new study attempts to explain the victimization of High Performers by examining the role of envy and work group identification.

Combating Stereotype Threat in the Workplace

Employees are often concerned that they are being judged or stereotyped based on their demographics, and their job performance and work attitudes are often negatively affected. This perceived stereotype threat may be eliminated if actively confronted by organizational leaders using training or affirmation, rather than being passively ignored and allowed to fester.