"Water cooler talk" can have big benefits
Remote working and more virtual meetings have led to increased workplace structure, with clear goals and tasks. "Reciprocity in conversation" - ensuring a two-way flow of conversation - may help improve remote work environments and lead to higher levels of task enjoyment.
Being in company boosts creativity
So many studies are now showing that working from home on a regular basis is bad for the individual, their family and the organization that employs them.
HRM practices a predictor for business resilience after layoffs
Organizations that encourage participative, motivation practices will recover more quickly after layoffs than those that emphasize financial incentives.
The secret to achieving goals
When people first decide what to do they are motivated by rewards. However, once they begin to put plans into action, their focus turns to the difficulty of the effort they need to put in. They suggest the key to achievable aims is to consider the effort needed when deciding what to do, and then remembering to focus on the rewards once the time comes to put the effort in.
Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse
What the researchers say: “Fake news is manufactured with no respect for accuracy, and is often based on conspiracy theories,” he said. “Worryingly, research has shown that nearly 40 per cent of the British public believe at least one conspiracy theory, and even more in the US. When it comes to COVID-19, there has been a lot of speculation, misinformation and fake news circulating on the internet—about how the virus originated, what causes it and how it is spread.”
Complex effects of contact between minority and majority groups
The job of the leaders of an organization is to provide a sense of safety and belonging and a system of values, together with an overarching sense of shared purpose.
Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork
I find that when I’m working, I’m usually humming or whistling a tune that’s been around in my head for a while. Sometimes it’s classical, or from opera—Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Bizet usually—and at other times folk or country and western. I have often wondered about the relationship between music and work.
Rationality and reasonableness viewed as distinct principles of judgment
When it comes to making sound judgments, most people think that being rational is self-serving and being reasonable is fair and balanced, according to some interesting new research.
Innovation is widespread in rural areas, not just cities
This “hidden” innovation brings economic benefits to businesses and communities, according to researchers, whose findings will help decision makers think in new ways about innovation and how they can support it.
How human population growth came from our ability to cooperate
Humans may owe their place as Earth’s dominating species to their ability to share and cooperate with each other. The hunter-gatherer hunting or gathering teams consisted of between three and seven individuals. This is exactly the number that modern high performing teams are made up of.
Under pressure, people tell us what we want to hear
When asked to answer questions quickly and impulsively, people tend to respond with socially desirable answers rather than an honest ones. Under time pressure, people may default to their desire to appear virtuous, even if it means misrepresenting themselves.
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