Category: Professional Identity

How Childhood Social Class Influences CEO Risk Taking

The American Dream is often exemplified by “rags to riches” stories, where individuals achieve success despite humble family origins. But do these individuals forget their roots once they have ascended the social class ladder? A recent study suggests that social class origins continue to influence CEOs, even after they have moved from lower to higher social class standings.

Why Would People Stigmatize Employees Who Volunteer?

How is volunteering perceived in the workplace? Contrary to expectations, employees who volunteer are viewed both positively and negatively depending on the perceived motives behind the volunteering. The results of a recent study show that volunteering for the “wrong reasons” results in negative judgment and potentially harmful behavior toward employee volunteers.

Pregnancy In the Workplace

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Pregnancy In the Workplace

How does she do it all? It can be challenging for women to manage identities as both employees and mothers-to-be. Sometimes stereotypes associated with pregnancy can threaten careers and lead to negative consequences. So how can women maintain their professional image once they have disclosed their pregnancy to their employers and colleagues? New research shows which strategies work best.

Sense of Calling Can Affect Career Decisions

How a Sense of Calling Can Affect Career Decisions

New research reveals that having a strong sense of ”calling” early on in life may help later in navigating the tension between choosing the career you want versus choosing one for financial stability and job security. When a sense of calling is stronger earlier in life, perceived ability plays a greater role than actual ability when it comes to actually pursuing a challenging career.

Self-Reflective Job Titles: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Emotional Exhaustion

Previous research has investigated expensive top-down interventions for burnout. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal proposes that encouraging employees to use self-reflective job titles can be a cost-effective alternative, as it has been found to effectively reduce emotional exhaustion through increasing self-verification and psychological safety.

Keeping It Real: The Effects and Costs of Authentic Service

The authors explore if there are situations in which employees are more likely to provide authentic service. Findings indicate that workers are most authentic when they identify with the customer/task. However, there can be significant costs to complete authenticity including inappropriate customer interaction and disloyally towards the organization. A case of “bounded authenticity” may prove the most beneficial.

Who are we again? The Identity Crisis of I-O Psychologists

Topic: Professional Identity
Publication: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Article: Organizational Psychology and the Tipping Point of Professional Identity
Authors:Ann Marie Ryan and J. Kevin Ford Selected commentary authors: Muchinsky, Shanock,Rogelberg, and Heggestad
Reviewed by: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl