Category: Conflict

Will Being an Average Performer Prevent Employee Victimization?

Could an individual’s workplace performance determine whether or not they are subjected to employee victimization? A new study finds that both high and low performers may be victimized at work, but through different forms of aggressive behavior. Because future work performance may be impaired by such treatment, there is both an individual and organizational imperative to deal with this issue.

Dealing with Difficult Customers: address the problem, not the emotion

Customers call service lines, because they have problems. Unfortunately, the negative feelings that problems can bring are probably counter-productive when it comes to getting a good solution. When dealing with difficult customers with strong negative feelings, customer service strategies that try to address the problem instead of the emotions yield the best results.

When Customers Attack: Verbal Aggression and Employee Performance (IO Psychology)

Topic: Job Performance, Training, Conflict Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEPT 2012) Article: When Customers Exhibit Verbal Aggression, Employees Pay Cognitive Costs Authors: A. Rafaeli, A. Erez, S. Ravid, R. Derfler-Rozin, D.E. Treister, R. Scheyer Reviewed By: Ben Sher What happens when customers get angry? For starters, they may yell,

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

Keep Cool: The Effectiveness of Avoiding Anger and Maintaining Poise in Negotiations

Topic: Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, Human Resource Management Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEP 2011) Article: Hot or Cold: Is Communicating Anger or Threats More Effective in Negotiation? Authors: Sinaceur, M., Van Kleef, G. A., Neale, M. A., Adam, H., & Haag, C. Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada Although there are few

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

Task Conflict, Team Creativity and…Goldilocks?

Topic: Conflict, Creativity
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (AUG 2010)
Article: Task conflict and team creativity: A question of how much and when
Authors: Farh, J. L., Lee, C., & Farh, C. I.
Reviewed By: Bobby Bullock

The Dissolution of Alliances: It’s Business, But It’s Also Social

Topic: Conflict, Trust
Publication: Academy of Management Journal
Article: Built to last but falling apart: Cohesion, friction, and withdrawl from interfirm alliances
Authors: H. R. Greve, J. A. C. Baum, H. Mitsuhashi, & T. J. Rowley
Reviewed By: Katie Bachman