Category: Human Resources

Why Would People Stigmatize Employees Who Volunteer?

How is volunteering perceived in the workplace? Contrary to expectations, employees who volunteer are viewed both positively and negatively depending on the perceived motives behind the volunteering. The results of a recent study show that volunteering for the “wrong reasons” results in negative judgment and potentially harmful behavior toward employee volunteers.

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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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Leveraging Human Capital: Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep?

Who do you really want answering that important 3am phone call? Probably not your employee. New organizational theory proposes that constant connectedness or working irregular hours can lead to sleep deprivation. While pushing employees extra hard may seem to initially increase organizational performance, it is certainly no long-term winning strategy.

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The Future of HR: Bringing Human Resources into the 21st Century

The words “Human Resources” conjure up images of paperwork for some, but true HR professionals understand the value of effective human resource management. The time is ripe for HR leaders to step up to the plate. A new article by Peter Cappelli provides must-read tips for anyone looking to take a company’s people processes to the next level.

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Organizational Newcomers: Conflict Can Lead to Worse Performance

When employees are new to an organization, they have a lot to learn. What are the policies and procedures? How should the work be done? Where is the coffee machine? But new research shows that newcomers who experience conflict with coworkers might not get all the information they need, ultimately hurting job performance. What can we do about it?

Sleep Deprived Employees Engage in More Unethical Workplace Behavior

Sleep Deprived Employees Engage in More Unethical Workplace Behavior

So, how many cups of coffee have you had today? New research shows that ingesting caffeine actually makes it less likely that sleep deprived employees will behave unethically in the workplace. The study also uncovered the nefarious role played by co-workers acting unethically, and showed how they can make sleep deprived people do more bad things.

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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?