Category: Culture

Distracting Technology in the Workplace

How to Stop Distracting Technology in the Workplace

Modern technology allows us to do some pretty amazing things. One of these things includes playing an engaging game of chess with someone on the opposite side of the planet while sitting at your work desk. Yes, technology can be distracting. But what can employers do about it? How can they make sure that employees focus on the work that they are supposed to be doing?

Climate Uniformity

Climate Uniformity: A New Concept with Important Organizational Outcomes

Organizational climate can be a tricky subject, especially when there are multiple distinct opinions about the quality of a workplace. So what happens when some employees feel organizational support and other employees don’t? Poor communication, heightened task-conflict, and poor performance can occur.

Balancing Work and Family: Global Differences and Similarities

With more and more women around the world entering the work force, the need for understanding the pressures of balancing work and family life has never been greater. “International Perspectives on Work and Family” reviews four papers on the subject, providing a greater understanding of how this balance varies from culture to culture.

Negotiating as a Team or Alone: Which is more effective?

The days of single country business teams are fast falling behind us. In the modern global marketplace most successful companies are multi-national. A negotiating team may consist of members from many countries, or even many continents. So, how does that affect negotiating style? Is negotiating as a team more effective? A new study suggests that based on the culture of the negotiators different tactics are more effective.

Email Etiquette: The Unwritten Rules We Follow

Topic: Culture, Decision Making Publication: Administrative Science Quarterly (SEP 2012) Article: Appeasing Equals: Lateral Deference in Organizational Communication Authors: Alison R. Fragale, John J. Sumanth, Larissa Z. Tiedens, and Gregory B. Northcraft Reviewed By: Susan Rosengarten Lets face it. We’re all addicted to checking our email. How many of us

Proactive Performance Increases Customer Satisfaction (IO Psychology)

Topic: Culture, Self-Efficacy, Job Attitudes, Citizenship Behavior Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2012) Article: Doing the right thing without being told: Joint effects of initiative climate and general self-efficacy on employee proactive customer service performance. Authors: S. Raub, H. Liao Reviewed By: Ben Sher In the customer service division,