Researchers find that perspective taking and empathic concern are distinct forms of interpersonal learning. Which is better in the workplace?
Leaders are often met with paradoxes. Sometimes they must choose between the needs of the organization and the needs of their employees. But a recent study shows that it might not be necessary to choose just one side. How can Eastern cultural values help leaders please everyone? Can leaders really satisfy company needs as well as employee needs?
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?
Modern-day organizations should be concerned with fairly and justly treating their employees. Besides for ethical reasons, we might expect positive organizational outcomes when employees are treated well. But how do employees determine if their organization is being fair to them, especially when they don’t always have the requisite information? Will they give the benefit of the doubt, or take a more pessimistic approach?
We tend to think that fairness in the workplace is always good, but new research has found a situation in which fairness can actually cause trouble between employees. In fact, it may be leading envious employees to act out in counter-productive ways. How does this happen, and how can organizations best prepare themselves to deal with the problem?