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.
New research reveals that having a strong sense of ”calling” early on in life may help later in navigating the tension between choosing the career you want versus choosing one for financial stability and job security. When a sense of calling is stronger earlier in life, perceived ability plays a greater role than actual ability when it comes to actually pursuing a challenging career.
Previous research has investigated expensive top-down interventions for burnout. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal proposes that encouraging employees to use self-reflective job titles can be a cost-effective alternative, as it has been found to effectively reduce emotional exhaustion through increasing self-verification and psychological safety.
The authors explore if there are situations in which employees are more likely to provide authentic service. Findings indicate that workers are most authentic when they identify with the customer/task. However, there can be significant costs to complete authenticity including inappropriate customer interaction and disloyally towards the organization. A case of “bounded authenticity” may prove the most beneficial.
Topic: Professional Identity
Publication: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Article: Organizational Psychology and the Tipping Point of Professional Identity
Authors:Ann Marie Ryan and J. Kevin Ford Selected commentary authors: Muchinsky, Shanock,Rogelberg, and Heggestad
Reviewed by: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl