Category: Wellness

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

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

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

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