Informal field-based learning, as opposed to formal training and development, has potential benefits for organizations under certain circumstances.
The workforce is more diverse than it has ever been, with the number of female, racial or ethnic minority, and older employees continuously increasing. With the change in worker composition, organizations are becoming increasingly focused on diversity training. But, are all methods equal? A recent article shows that some methods may be more effective than others.
Companies talk all the time about the incredible value of diversity in driving innovation and creativity, yet the research tells us it’s not quite so clear-cut. Most companies already utilize some form of diversity training to try to get the most out of their diverse workforces, but even that is no guarantee of success. New research looks at the effectiveness of diversity training, and shows us the conditions in which it should—and shouldn’t—be used.
When organizations spend millions of dollars on selection programs, return on investment becomes paramount. New research shows that we can improve our ability to predict job or training success when using tests of specific cognitive abilities, as long as these abilities are aligned with the actual job requirements.
Stereotypes can be harmful, especially in a workplace. So how can organizations train employees to reduce the influence of stereotypes on their behavior? New research shows that discussing the prevalence of negative stereotypes can actually make things worse. Instead, it may be better to highlight examples of employees who do not believe in or act on stereotypes.
New research shows that certain organizational socialization tactics can help reduce newcomer anxiety and foster a greater sense of competence on the job. When socialization tactics enable the building of trusting relationships, organizations can facilitate greater organizational commitment among newcomers.