Tag: wellness

What Science Tells Us About Telecommuting

Is telecommuting an effective work arrangement? A new review of the existing research makes informed conclusions about telecommuting implications for different work outcomes, including job satisfaction, organizational commitment, stress, performance, wages, withdrawal behavior, and firm-level metrics. So what’s the bottom line? Does telecommuting make life better or worse?

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The Psychology of Unemployment: Can Personality Change?

Unemployment is a scary sounding word. In today’s economy it seems typical to be “between jobs” for an extended amount of time. Have you ever considered the psychological effects of being out of work? New research shows that extended unemployment can even change someone’s personality.

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Working From Home: Telework Can Keep Employees Happy

For some jobs, working from home is just not possible. This is especially true if you are an assembly line technician, postal worker, coal miner, or pirate. But in the new economy, many professions require little else but a computer and mouse. This is why telework—or working from home—is all the rage. But does it work? And is it good for employees?

Distracting Technology in the Workplace

How to Stop Distracting Technology in the Workplace

Modern technology allows us to do some pretty amazing things. One of these things includes playing an engaging game of chess with someone on the opposite side of the planet while sitting at your work desk. Yes, technology can be distracting. But what can employers do about it? How can they make sure that employees focus on the work that they are supposed to be doing?

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Leveraging Human Capital: Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep?

Who do you really want answering that important 3am phone call? Probably not your employee. New organizational theory proposes that constant connectedness or working irregular hours can lead to sleep deprivation. While pushing employees extra hard may seem to initially increase organizational performance, it is certainly no long-term winning strategy.

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Work-Life Balance and Smartphones: Disaster in the Making?

Research shows that smartphone use disrupts the balance between work and home. A new study shows that supervisor and coworker expectations of smartphone use during non-work hours can harmfully affect work-life balance. The study also found that feeling engaged at work may weaken the relationship between smartphone use and work-home interference.

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Work-Family Conflict Changes How You Do Your Job

I’ll bet that if you have a job and also have a family, you probably have experienced work-family conflict. Work and family are both demanding and time-consuming, and there simply aren’t always enough hours in the day to satisfy the needs of both. New research shows that this pervasive type of conflict can affect the choices we make while at work, which can lead to career-altering outcomes.

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Ethics in the Workplace: Anxious Employees May Cause Trouble

Employees are faced with anxiety producing events every day: securing new clients, important meetings with bosses, interacting with difficult coworkers. Yet, these events can lead to more than just uncomfortable feelings, they may also affect ethics in the workplace. Recent research shows that anxious employees may be more likely to engage in unethical behavior than employees in a relaxed state.

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Fathers in the Workplace: Can Men Really Do it All?

So much attention has been focused on the ability of women to balance family life with work life, but less attention has been given to how men manage the same obstacle. Men face increased societal pressure to be closely involved with parenting, while simultaneously facing societal pressure to meet the standards of the perfect employee. Can men really do it all? If not, how are modern men managing this tricky situation?

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Caregivers in the Workplace: How to Improve Their Well-Being

Caregivers are people who assume responsibility for helping another person with daily living activities. But many caregivers are also full-time employees. With the increase of caregivers in the workforce, a new study shows how family and supervisor support can influence the mental health outcomes of these caregivers, and lead to improved well-being.

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Employee Sleepiness is Harmful for the Workplace

Sleepiness is what happens when people feel a strong biological urge to sleep. Unlike fatigue, which usually occurs when becoming exhausted by hard work, sleepiness has several different causes. These causes include poor sleep quantity (not getting enough sleep), poor sleep quality (waking up often while trying to sleep or

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Workplace Bullying: Corrupt and Harmful to Organizations

We tend to think of bullying as something that happens to kids at school, but a new review discusses the prevalence of workplace bullying, as well as its alarming harmful effects. Researchers are starting to consider bullying another form of organizational corruption.

The Connection Between Exhaustion & Psychological Detachment From Work

It’s a generally accepted fact that failing to put work aside will eventually exhaust employees. A recent German study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology reveals that exhaustion can actually lead to a lack of mental disengagement from work, especially when employees are under tight timelines and don’t have adequate breaks for leisure activities.

The Pitfalls of Inconsistent Leader Behavior

Can bosses rectify bad leader behavior by suddenly becoming extra nice? Research shows that this kind of inconsistency could actually be a detriment to employee health. Only employees with high self-esteem or high “quality of work life” will be able to cope with such inconsistency and benefit from the boss’s quick turnaround.

Feedback and Organizations: The Importance of a Feedback-Friendly Culture

Feedback in the workplace is essential for employee development and advancement. A new study suggests that creating a feedback-friendly culture can help boost employee performance and improve the company’s overall well-being. It also offers tips for how leaders can create a feedback-friendly culture.

Thriving At Work Rather Than Just Going Through the Motions

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.

Positive Affect: A Balanced Approach to Workplace Implementation

A stressful workplace environment is bad for business. Workers lose creativity, motivation, and stop taking initiative. Eventually, they quit. But what happens when there’s too much of a good thing? When positive affect generators such as team building, stress busting, and social networking become too common, it is actually possible for workers to become too pleased.

Be in Charge of Your Workplace Well-being

What makes a great workplace or a terrible one? Many would say upper management makes the difference or company values or even the guy in the next cubicle. Long days, stressful meetings, a grumpy boss are all factors that we would expect to determine our workplace well-being. Surprisingly, new research indicates that the key factor to well-being in your workplace is you.

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Grin and bear it. That’s what most of us do. A frustrating customer, a fight with a co-worker, even a slow computer can send blood pressure skyrocketing. We know we must smile and maintain an appropriate workplace demeanor in these situations. But wouldn’t you like to be able actually feel the calm that you project in these vexing moments? Mindfulness training can allow employees to do just that.

Building a Positive Work Environment: Acts of Kindness at Work

Just knowing you were kind to someone can improve your work day. Think of a time you helped a fellow coworker. Maybe they acted kindly in return. But the act of kindness alone can build a positive work environment. Did you find yourself thinking about that positive interaction later? The good feeling from helping someone is so powerful it can last till bedtime – literally.

Work Life Balance: Assessing Non-Family Conflict

Work Life balance doesn’t have to mean juggling job responsibilities and responsibilities to a wife and kids. In the modern era, families and social ties take all different forms. Yet, the discussion of balanced work and personal life has largely excluded non-families- unmarried employees and employees without children. This is a mistake.

Relax! You just had vacation! (IO Psychology)

Topic: Stress, Wellness Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2012) Article: Academics’ Experiences of a Respite From Work: Effects of Self-Critical Perfectionism and Perseverative Cognition on Postrespite Well-Being Authors: Paul E. Flaxman, Julie Menard, Frank W. Bond, and Gail Kinman Reviewed By: Isaac Sabat For once, researchers and employees agree—it

Whistle While You Work: The Importance of Work Enjoyment for Managers (Human Resource Management)

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

Thinking About Downsizing? Read This First!

Topic: HPWS, Downsizing
Publication: Human Resource Management (JAN 2011)
Article: The effects of downsizing on labor productivity, the value of showing consideration for employees’ morale and welfare in high-performance work systems
Authors: R.D. Iverson, C.D. Zatzick
Reviewed By: Rebecca Eckart

Go Ahead, Take That Vacation – It’s Good For You…and Your Company!

Topic: Burnout, Wellness, Work-Life Balance
Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (JAN 2011)
Article: How long do you benefit from vacation? A closer look at the fade-out of vacation effects
Authors: J. Kuhnel and S. Sonnentag
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

When Mental Detachment from Work is a Must

Topic: Stress, Wellness, Work-Life Balance
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (AUG 2010)
Article: Staying well and engaged when demands are high: The role psychological detachment
Authors: S. Sonnentag, C. Binnewies, and E.J. Mojza
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

Heavy Workloads: Much More Than Just a Nuisance

Topic: Stress, Wellness, Work Environment
Publication: Personnel Psychology (Summer 2010)
Article: Psychological and physiological reactions to high workloads: Implications for well-being
Authors: R. Ilies, N. Dimotakis, and I.E. De Pater
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

What Makes for a Successful Employee and Why?

Topic: Job Performance, Personality
Publication: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (MAR 2010)
Article: Human capital and objective indicators of career success: The mediating effects of cognitive ability and conscientiousness
Authors: T.W.H. Ng and D.C. Feldman
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

Keeping it Safe for Daylight Saving Time

Topic: Health & Safety Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEP 2009) Article: Changing to Daylight Saving Time cuts into sleep and increases workplace injuries Authors: C.M. Barnes & D.T. Wagner Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Although Daylight Saving Time was originally proposed to align the human sleep/wake cycle with the Earth’s rotation

The Unemployment Blues may be More Serious than You Think!

Topic: Unemployment, Wellness Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior Article: Unemployment impairs mental health: Meta-analyses. Author: K.I. Paul, K. Moser Featured by: Benjamin Granger Does unemployment CAUSE poor mental health? After all, isn’t it possible that poor mental health can cause unemployment? Seriously, what employer wants to hire a distressed, anxious, depressed employee with low self-esteem? In an attempt to arrive at a firm conclusion about whether unemployment

The Researcher’s Advantage to Chilled-Out Survey Participants

Topic: Stress, Wellness Publication: Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology Article: Too stressed out to participate Examining the relation between stressors and survey response behavior. Blogger: LitDigger If you’re in the kind of work I’m in, your projects thrive off of survey response rates. Yes, that is only one element to a successful organizational study, BUT CLEARLY response rates are a big deal to research! You probably have read some articles on

Managing Grief in the Workplace

Topic: Emotional Intelligence, Wellness Publication: Academy of Management Article:  Grief and the workplace. Blogger: Benjamin Granger To shed light on the issue of grief in the workplace, Mary Ann Hazen (2008) provided several suggestions for how managers and organizations can effectively respond to grieving employees. Several suggestions provided by Hazen (2008)

Doing what Simon Says Regarding Safety

Topic: Stress, Wellness, Work Environments Publication: Journal of Business Ethics Article: Ethical climates and workplace safety behaviors: an empirical investigation. Blogger: LitDigger How do you know that you won’t trip on the telephone cord your coworker has stretched across the entryway of your cubicle?  You don’t (until the inevitable happens).  How do you know whether or not workplace safety behaviors are actually practiced in your organization?  A study

In the name of the cubicle, the computer, and the conference call, Amen.

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

Oh give me a BREAK!

Topic: Emotional Intelligence, Job Performance, Wellness Publication: Academy of Management Journal Article: Making the break count: An episodic examination of recovery activities, emotional experiences, and positive affect displays Blogger: LitDigger Do your customer service employees do work-like activities during their breaks or maybe even not take their breaks at all? If you care about

Coffee Break, Anyone?

Topic: Wellness Publication: Monitor on Psychology Article: Caffeine’s wake-up call. Blogger: Larry Martinez We all have that one person in the office who just can’t function properly until they’ve had their cup of coffee in the morning (maybe it’s you).  And who doesn’t get a boost out of a candy