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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.
Teamwork is often an unavoidable necessity in most workplaces, and crucial for productivity and competitiveness. A new study examines how team personality traits such as extroversion and agreeableness ultimately influenced individuals’ helping behaviors. Groups who ranked high on extroversion seemed to adopt cooperative norms, which influenced individual behaviors, whereas agreeableness seemed to impact only individual helping.
There’s a fine line between work engagement and workaholism. The former can lead to positive, dedicated employees; the latter can lead to burnout, bad attitudes, and quitting. Youngkeun Choi examines the differences between the two, offering organizations guidance on encouraging work engagement and discouraging workaholism.
Every leader has a different style, from unilateral to more democratic decision-making. But a new study suggests that, as long as supervisors and employees agree on the Power Distance (or disparity in control) between them, it can have positive benefits on workplace performance.
Research shows that human resource management departments that allow employees more flexible options to support their work-family balance create an environment of superior job performance and lower turnover. So why are more and more employers turning away from family friendly policies? The article suggest that, in part, the fault lies with the type of research being done.
From a manager with eyes in the back of her head to the efficiency expert studying the factory floor, we’ve spend decades trying to get a clear picture of how employees do what they do. Now highly sophisticated wearable monitoring devices are available to scrutinize employee behavior and generate a goldmine of data for analysis. The result? Big brother may be hiding in your shirt collar.
More and more companies are implementing volunteer programs. So, what effect do company-sponsored volunteerism programs have on the employees who participate? Is a strong culture of volunteerism key to employee engagement? In this study, learn how a strong volunteer program is a win for the NGO, a win for the employee who volunteers, and a win for the company that sponsors volunteer programs.
In this article, Wessel and Christensen (2012) focus on how practitioners and business leaders can anticipate and address disruptions to their business models. The authors guide us in ways to maximize company response to disruptions.
Topic: Performance Publication: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2012) Article: Preventing motor skill failure through hemisphere-specific priming: Cases from choking under pressure Authors: Jürgen Beckmann, Peter Gröpel, and Felix Ehrlenspiel Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin, M.A. In 2012, soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – two of the best in