Research demonstrates how a stressful work environment can play a role in how employees perceive their leaders.
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?
You sit down at your desk to start the workday and log in to your work email. “YOU’VE GOT (187 pieces of) MAIL!” You might just have email overload. Besides for being extremely annoying, you might feel pressured to quickly respond to all of these emails. This pressure now has a word: telepressure. Does telepressure make you more productive at work, or can it lead to harmful outcomes ultimately affecting an organization’s bottom line?
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.
We’ve all seen employees in the service industry subjected to abusive behavior by rude customers. A new study by Ruodan Shao and Daniel P. Skarlicki finds that employees’ reactions to mistreatment by customers varies in individualistic and collectivistic cultures. It also suggests several solutions for dealing with the stress such rude treatment often causes.