Pay-for-performance systems reward high-performers, but how do they impact low-performers? Can these systems be designed to motivate all employees?
Job security has become a recurring theme after the economic downturn. It seems that nobody is completely immune to the threat of layoffs. Have you ever wondered what this does to the productivity and effectiveness of employees? What can employers do to make sure that their employees don’t become discouraged in the face of job insecurity, and instead maintain good job performance?
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.
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.
Corporate Social Performance is on the incline, and job seekers are increasingly starting to take notice. A new study examines how corporate social performance– including community involvement and pro-environmental efforts– can impact recruitment efforts and even make a company stand out among eager job seekers.
Is having higher status always the best thing for greater performance outcomes? A new study examines how status loss affects the performance of both high and low status individuals. Researchers found that those with higher status are more likely to experience decreases in the quality of their performance, possibly due to the threat to their self-concept brought about by losing status.
Many employees are being sent on overseas assignments these days. Some start off working well in foreign cultures, but don’t maintain their adjustment levels over time, while others never perform as well as they did back home. A new study shows that initial motivation and psychological empowerment are crucial to the process, but interact with different kinds of stressors to affect performance in both positive and negative ways.
In an ever-changing business world, the ability to adapt quickly to changes in the workplace is incredibly valuable to employers. A new study on “Personality and Adaptive Performance at Work” examines how emotional stability and ambition influence an employee’s ability to handle change. Ultimately, it found that personality was one of several key factors that determine how people adapt.
Life after college can be intimidating. Finding work is often hard, and finding work that lives up to your hopes and dreams is even harder. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices you have to make when transitioning from college to working life. But a new study sheds light on which career values are most important to identify and use as guides when entering the working world.
Maintaining high levels of employee motivation is of utmost value to every organization. New research points out that breaking down rewards and incentives into different categories increases an employee’s motivation to work better and harder to achieve these rewards.
In the present study, the authors investigated whether generations differ in level of work motivation, as well as whether differences in work motivation are better explained by managerial level than by generation. Results indicate that managerial level better explains work motivation than does generation. Although the generations did differ in work motivation…
Topic: Motivation, Performance, Wellness Publication: Journal of Management (SEP 2012) Article: Driven to Work and Enjoyment of Work: Effects on Managers’ Outcomes Authors: Laura Graves, Marian Ruderman, Patricia Ohlott, & Todd Weber Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada Work motivation, a topic that is relevant to almost all employees in almost every
Topic: Motivation Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2012) Article: Future Work Selves: How Salient Hoped-For Identities Motivate Proactive Career Behaviors Authors: Karoline Strauss, Mark A. Griffin, Sharon K. Parker Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood, M.S. In the recent past, organizations were primarily responsible for managing their employees’ career trajectories. However,
Topic: Employee Satisfaction, Motivation, Performance Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JAN 2012) Article: Fuel of the Self-Starter: How Mood Relates to Proactive Goal Regulation Authors: U.K. Bindl, S.K. Parker, P. Totterdell, G. Hagger-Johnson Reviewed By: Ben Sher What could go wrong when you are in a really bad mood? For
Topic: Training, Learning, Motivation Publication: Journal of Business and Psychology EC 2011) Article: Influencing learning states to enhance trainee motivation and improve training transfer Authors: Weissbein, D. A., Huang, J. L., Ford, J. K., & Schmidt, A. M. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin How many times have you heard about or
Topic: Human Resource Management, Motivation Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: Heterogeneous Motives and the Collective Creation of Value Authors: Bridoux, F., Coeurderoy, R., and Durand, R. Reviewer: Neil Morelli In a world where resources are becoming scarcer, firms should be looking to boost any kind of competitive advantage they
Topic: Motivation, Human Resource Management, Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: A Model of Third Parties’ Morally Motivated Responses to Mistreatment in Organizations Authors: O’Reilly, J. & Aquino, K. Reviewer: Rachel Marsh Have you ever noticed a college student being mistreated by someone else in the organization, be it
Topic: Motivation, Organizational Performance
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology
Article: Managing joint production motivation: The role of goal framing and governance
Authors: S. Lindenberg, N. J. Foss
Reviewer: Rachel Marsh
Topic: Health and Safety, Motivation
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JAN 2011)
Article: Safety at Work: A Meta-analytic Investigation of the Link Between Job Demands, Job Resources, Burnout, Engagement, and Safety Outcomes
Authors: Jennifer D. Nahrgang, Frederick P. Morgeson, David A. Hofmann
Reviewed by: Mary Alice Crowe-Taylor
Topic: Motivation, Strategic HR Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (JAN 2011)
Article: Age and work-related motives: Results of a meta-analysis
Authors: D.T. Kooij, A.H. De Lange, P.G. Jansen, R. Kanfer, J.S. Dikkers
Reviewer: Neil Morelli
Topic: Staffing, Selection, Recruiting, Motivation
Publication: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (83)
Article: Disengagement in Work-Role Transitions
Authors: C. Niessen, C. Binnewies, J. Rank
Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood
Topic: Job Attitudes, Diversity, Motivation
Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (JAN 2011)
Article: Predicting employee engagement in an age-diverse workforce.
Authors: J. B. James, S. McKechnie, & J. Swanberg
Reviewed by: Charleen Maher
Publication: Journal of Management (SEP 2010)
Article: Generational differences in work values: Leisure and extrinsic values increasing, social and intrinsic values decreasing
Authors: J. M. Twenge, S. M. Campbell, B. J. Hoffman, and C. E. Lance
Reviewed By: Lauren Wood
Topic: Compensation, Culture, Motivation, Rewards, Organizational Reputation Publication: The International Journal of Human Resource Management Article: Compensation as a Signal of Organizational Culture: The Effects of Advertising Individual or Collective Incentives Author: K. Kuhn Reviewed By: Lit Digger It is commonly assumed that compensation and rewards systems reflect the cultures of the organizations
Topic: Motivation, Personality, Job Performance Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (MAR 2009) Article: Using a two-factor theory of achievement motivation to examine performance-based outcomes and self-regulatory processes. Authors: Story, P.A., Hart, J.W., Stasson, M.F., & Mahoney, J.M. Reviewed By: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl Have you ever wondered why some employees seem to find
Topic: Job Design, Motivation Publication: Human Resource Management (NOV/DEC 2009) Article: Encouraging knowledge sharing among employees: How job design matters Authors: N.J. Foss, D.B. Minbaeva, T. Pedersen, and M. Reinholt Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger It’s no secret that knowledge sharing among employees is an absolute necessity for many organizations. So
Topic: Personality, Motivation, Goals Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (JAN 2010) Article: Individual differences in reactions to goal-performance discrepancies over time. Authors: P.D. Converse, E. Steinhauser, and J. Pathak Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger By nature, a goal creates a discrepancy between an employee’s current performance and some future state. For example,
Topic: Employee Satisfaction, Motivation, Turnover Publication: Academy of Management Journal (JUN 2009) Article: Turnover contagion: How coworkers’ job embeddedness and job search behaviors influence quitting. Author: W. Felps, T.R. Mitchell, D.R. Hekman, T.W. Lee, B.C. Holtman, W.S. Harman Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger There is a HUGE body of research literature on the predictors and causes of employee turnover (better grab two cups of coffee before reading all of these articles!). Most of the research has investigated either individual-level explanations (e.g., low job satisfaction) or economic
Topic: Motivation, Rewards, Strategic HR, Publication: HR Magazine Article: Length-of-Service Awards Becoming More Personal. Author: R.R. Hastings Featured by: Sarah Bowen Length-of-service awards (the small gold pin or certificate at the bottom of your junk drawer) can be truly rewarding when managed in the proper way. However, when carelessness is evident in such gestures, employees do not
Topic: Compensation, Motivation, Rewards, Strategic HR Publication: Research and Practice in Human Resource Management Article: A Mathematical Model to Monitor Late Arrivals at Work Author: S.A. Oke, T.M. Ezenachkwu Featured by: Sarah Bowen In their recent article, Oke and Ezenachukwu embark on an ambitious journey to prove that timeliness is improved through rewards and recognition in the workplace. The authors conduct their research in
Topic: Compensation, Organizational Justice, Motivation, Rewards Publication: Journal of Human ResourcesArticle: Who is holding the glass ceiling in place? Author: N. Fortin Featured by: Benjamin Granger Many 21st century women still earn less than their male counterparts. However, this injustice may not be due fully to chauvinists and stereotypes. In her article, The Gender Wage Gap among Young
Topic: Job Performance, Motivation Publication: Human Performance Article: Failure avoidance motivation in a goal-setting situation. Author: S.R. Heimerdinger, V.B. Hinsz Featured by: Benjamin Granger Although it is known that employees who set specific and difficult goals tend to outperform those who set broad and relatively easy goals, different employees have differing motivational mindsets when they set their goals. Some employees are motivated to
Topic: Leadership, Motivation, Training Publication: International Journal of Training and Development Article: Leader influences on training effectiveness: Motivation and outcome expectations processes. Blogger: Benjamin Granger Delivering employee training is one of the most frequently utilized and important Human Resource functions. Although this is well-known, organizations often overlook the true goal of training. So what is the TRUE
Topic: Motivation, Organizational Performance, Work Environment Publication: Journal of Organizational Change Management Article: Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Commitment: An Empirical Study. Blogger: LitDigger Much academic literature investigating workplace performance overlooks the element of employee spirituality, but Rego and Cunha (2008) recently dared to venture into this unfamiliar territory. They found that workplace spirituality
Topic: Compensation, Motivation, Rewards Publication: The Wall Street Journal Article: When schools offer money as a motivator. Blogger: James Grand Long gone are the days when Mom and Dad would offer a few bucks for an “A” on your report card to buy some candy from the grocery store. Now, the schools are starting to provide the incentives—and they aren’t just offering up
Topic: Motivation Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Self-efficacy and resource allocation: Support for a nonmonotonic, discontinuous model. Blogger: Benjamin Granger Imagine a football game in which you have the inside scoop on the competing teams’ overall self-efficacy for performing well in the upcoming game. Team A is highly confident that they will perform well and
Topic: Leadership, Motivation Publication: The Leadership Quarterly Article: Speech imagery and perceptions of charisma: The mediating role of positive affect Blogger: James Grand The qualities that define charismatic leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Ford, and Winston Churchill have intrigued organizational scholars for years. Research such as that