Playing games or going to work, which is more fun? Okay, that was an easy one, but what if we could make work seem a little like a game? That would probably make work a little more fun, right? This process is called gamification, and researchers are discovering more about how we can use it to motivate employees to feel enthusiastic about going to work.
Is having higher status always the best thing for greater performance outcomes? A new study examines how status loss affects the performance of both high and low status individuals. Researchers found that those with higher status are more likely to experience decreases in the quality of their performance, possibly due to the threat to their self-concept brought about by losing status.
Many employees are being sent on overseas assignments these days. Some start off working well in foreign cultures, but don’t maintain their adjustment levels over time, while others never perform as well as they did back home. A new study shows that initial motivation and psychological empowerment are crucial to the process, but interact with different kinds of stressors to affect performance in both positive and negative ways.
Life after college can be intimidating. Finding work is often hard, and finding work that lives up to your hopes and dreams is even harder. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices you have to make when transitioning from college to working life. But a new study sheds light on which career values are most important to identify and use as guides when entering the working world.
In the present study, the authors investigated whether generations differ in level of work motivation, as well as whether differences in work motivation are better explained by managerial level than by generation. Results indicate that managerial level better explains work motivation than does generation. Although the generations did differ in work motivation…
Topic: Motivation, Performance, Wellness Publication: Journal of Management (SEP 2012) Article: Driven to Work and Enjoyment of Work: Effects on Managers’ Outcomes Authors: Laura Graves, Marian Ruderman, Patricia Ohlott, & Todd Weber Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada Work motivation, a topic that is relevant to almost all employees in almost every
Topic: Motivation Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2012) Article: Future Work Selves: How Salient Hoped-For Identities Motivate Proactive Career Behaviors Authors: Karoline Strauss, Mark A. Griffin, Sharon K. Parker Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood, M.S. In the recent past, organizations were primarily responsible for managing their employees’ career trajectories. However,
Topic: Training, Learning, Motivation Publication: Journal of Business and Psychology EC 2011) Article: Influencing learning states to enhance trainee motivation and improve training transfer Authors: Weissbein, D. A., Huang, J. L., Ford, J. K., & Schmidt, A. M. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin How many times have you heard about or
Topic: Human Resource Management, Motivation Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: Heterogeneous Motives and the Collective Creation of Value Authors: Bridoux, F., Coeurderoy, R., and Durand, R. Reviewer: Neil Morelli In a world where resources are becoming scarcer, firms should be looking to boost any kind of competitive advantage they
Topic: Motivation, Human Resource Management, Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: A Model of Third Parties’ Morally Motivated Responses to Mistreatment in Organizations Authors: O’Reilly, J. & Aquino, K. Reviewer: Rachel Marsh Have you ever noticed a college student being mistreated by someone else in the organization, be it