Your boss has more influence than you. The CEO has even more. Until you get to the upper ranks, your personal influence at work is likely to be small and unimportant. So goes popular thinking. However, new research indicates that not only might your boss’s boss have less influence than everyone believes, your own personal influence in the workplace may have a larger effect than you think.
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.
After I graduate, I have the short-term goal of getting a job and the long-term goal of having a successful career. What skills do I need to accomplish each goal? Are they the same skills or different ones? A new study suggests that one set of skills is extremely important both on the job hunt and in building a successful career.
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.
From a statistical point of view, a perfectly reliable interview is one in which interviewees and interviewers react identically to identical situations: interviewees answer the same question the same way every time, and interviewer interpret, evaluate, and rate identical responses identically. But is this really an ideal interview process from a real-world perspective?
Multitasking is the order of the day. At the office, in the grocery store, even watching TV, most of us are trying to do multiple things at a time. Who excels at multitasking? Does anyone? Are we all just less efficient and more distracted, or are some of us using our skills and preferences to improve our job performance and get a lot more done? New research on the dual dimensions of multitasking seeks to answer these questions.