Category: Work Environment

A Snapshot of SIOP 2016 (Pt. 5) – SIOP Bonus Coverage

We’ve partnered with numerous SIOP presenters, and they’ve provided us with the nitty-gritty on some of the very best presentations, offered to you in a multi-part series.

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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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?

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Do Telecommuters Have Better Job Performance?

Are telecommuters better performers than their in-office counterparts? A new study examines the performance of telecommuters compared to their traditional office counterparts. Results show that in certain situations, telecommuting increases task performance and organizational citizenship behavior.

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Good Moods Encourage Speaking Up at Work

You have a wonderful idea about how to improve your workplace, but will you tell anybody about it? Sometimes speaking up is difficult to do. After all, you might be chastised or mocked for daring to challenge the status quo. New research shows that the mood of the potential listener may help determine whether or not you choose to speak up.

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Generational Differences in the Workplace: Careers Aren’t What They Used to Be

The “olden days” means something different to everyone. For me, it means a time when the internet wouldn’t start without a 60 second cacophony of assorted beeping and scratching sounds. But we can all agree that in the olden days career paths were different than they are now. How have careers changed? And how have generational differences in the workplace contributed to how people handle these changes?

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Workplace Privacy is a Growing Need

Facebook walls, Twitter feeds, nosy co-workers peeking over cubicles, sometimes it feels like our privacy is under constant attack. But even though workplace privacy is a growing concern for many employees, not everyone has the same privacy needs. What can organizations do to fulfill the privacy needs of all their employees?

Tell Me Again: How Retelling Stories in the Workplace Builds Culture

While some may criticize gossip in the workplace, a new study on “Retelling Stories in Organizations” finds that narrative repetition can play an important role in the development of organizational culture. Researchers found that these stories have the potential to influence employees’ perception of reality, and have moral and behavioral implications as well.

How Service Employees React to Mistreatment by Rude Customers

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.

Problem Solving at Work: It’s Not What You Know, but WHO You Know

When it comes to problem solving at work, it doesn’t necessarily matter what you know as much as who you know. Employees who work directly with products or customers have first-hand experience with some of their company’s biggest issues. But many don’t have the influence or resources to solve those