Category: Workplace Deviance

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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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Pre-Employment Testing Done Right: Does it Really Reduce Cheating?

Bob is a job applicant taking on online intelligence test as part of his pre-employment screening. Some of the questions are pretty hard, but he can simply Google the answers and get them right. Does he cheat? New research shows how organizations can help design these types of tests to make sure that cheating is less likely to occur.

The Impact of Envy on High Performers in the Workplace

Employees who work harder and achieve more are highly valued by employers. But all too often these high performers’ achievements and rewards attract the envy of their peers. A new study examines the role jealousy plays in workplace victimization, as well as factors that could help organizations avoid this sort of bullying altogether.

Predicting someone’s propensity to morally disengage (IO Psychology)

Topic: Assessment, Personality, Ethics, Counter-Productive Work Behavior, Workplace Deviance Publication: Personnel Psychology (SPRING 2012) Article: Why employees do bad things: Moral disengagement and unethical organizational behavior Authors: Celia Moore, James R. Detert, Linda Klebe Treviño, Vicki L. Baker, & David M. Mayer Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Organizations obviously want their

A Bad Boss Can Ruin Your Marriage

Topic: Conflict, Stress, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Deviance Publication: Personnel Psychology Article: The Fallout from Abusive Supervision: An Examination of Subordinates and Their Partners Authors: Carson, D. S., Ferguson, M., Perrewé, P. L., & Whitten, D. Reviewed By: Katie Bachman Maybe this can be filed in the “Well, Duh” folder, but

Is Bad Behavior from an Employee the Consequence of an Unfulfilled Organizational Promise?

Topic: Counter-Productive Work Behavior, Fairness, Trust, Workplace Deviance
Publication: Journal of Business and Psychology (WINTER 2010)
Article: Psychological contracts and counterproductive work behaviors: employee responses to transactional and relational breach
Authors: J.M. Jensen, R.A. Opland, and A.M. Ryan
Reviewed By: Allison B. Siminovsky

Dealing With An Abusive Supervisor? Will Distributive Justice Help? Nope…It Will Make It Worse!!

Topics: Workplace Deviance
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (NOV 2010)
Article: Self-Gain or Self-Regulation Impairment? Tests of Competing Explanations of the Supervisor Abuse and Employee Deviance Relationship Through Perceptions of Distributive Justice
Authors: Stefan Thau and Marie S. Mitchell
Reviewed by: Mary Alice Crowe-Taylor

Fighting Bullies Beyond the Schoolyard: Bullying in the Workplace as a Competition for Resources

Topic: Conflict, Counterproductive Work Behavior, Work Environment, Workplace Deviance
Publication: Business Horizons 53
Article: Eating their cake and everyone else’s cake, too: Resources as the main ingredient to workplace bullying
Authors: A.R. Wheeler, J.R.B. Halbesleben, and K. Shanine
Reviewed By: Allison B. Siminovsky