Good employees may do whatever is asked of them, but better employees don’t wait to be told: they assess the situation, take initiative, and make positive changes on their own. But where can we find these magical people? New research shows that certain types of people are more likely to be proactive, and there is also something employers can do to encourage proactive behavior in the workplace.
Where does workplace innovation come from? Innovative people, of course. But finding those people or predicting who those people will be is a near-impossible task for most organizations. So what can we do about this problem? New research shows that organizations can use a simple strategy to inspire all their employees to make innovative contributions.
Do you want to excel at what you do, instead of just going through the motions? A new study on thriving at work finds that employees who are more hopeful, efficacious, resilient, optimistic, and have supportive supervisors are more likely to succeed, which in turn is related to greater self-development and work performance.
Topic: Culture, Self-Efficacy, Job Attitudes, Citizenship Behavior Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2012) Article: Doing the right thing without being told: Joint effects of initiative climate and general self-efficacy on employee proactive customer service performance. Authors: S. Raub, H. Liao Reviewed By: Ben Sher In the customer service division,
Topic: Performance, Personality, Self Efficacy
Publication: Human Performance
Article: Acting superior but actually inferior?: Correlates and consequences of workplace arrogance
Authors: R.E. Johnson, S.B. Silverman, A. Shyamsunder, H-Y Swee, O.B. Rodopman, E. Cho, and J. Bauer
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger
Topic: Citizenship Behavior, Work Environment
Publication: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Article: A little thanks goes a long way: Explaining why gratitude expressions motivate prosocial behavior (JUN 2010)
Author: A. M. Grant, and F. Gino
Reviewed by: Sarah Teague
Topic: Culture, Self Efficacy, Work Environment
Publication: Applied Psychology: An International Review (JAN 2010)
Article: A cross-national examination of self-efficacy as a moderator of autonomy/job strain relationships
Authors: M.M. Nauta, C. Liu, and C. Li
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger
Topic: Training SIOP Presentation: Trainee-trainer similarity in e-learning: Effects with computerized trainers Presenters: T.S. Behrend and L.F. Thompson Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Despite its disadvantages, e-learning is becoming more and more popular in organizational and educational settings and thus the task is for researchers to explore ways that can help trainees benefit from
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: Self Efficacy Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2009) Article: Does it pay to be smart, attractive, or confident (or all three)? Relationships among general mental ability, physical attractiveness, core self-evaluations, and income. Authors: T.A. Judge, C. Hurst, L.S. Simon Reviewed by: Larry Martinez Who among us would be surprised