Context-dependent behavior can make cooperation flourish
People can adopt different behaviors depending on the social context they’re in: A person who is generous and caring at home may be cutthroat at work, a self-centered neighbor may be a model of altruism on Twitter. New research shows this context-dependent behavior tends to promote the spread of cooperative behavior across a whole society.
How you speak up at work can affect whether you're picked for a team
Different ways of communicating work-related issues can shape reputations and affect team formation. Using a “supportive voice” can fuel trust and cooperation and lead to a higher chance of being recruited to a team, compared to those who use a more task-oriented “challenging voice.”
Why firms find collaboration between national divisions difficult
In our globalized world, cooperation between citizens of different countries should actually be a matter of course. But around the world, people prefer to cooperate with their own fellow citizens rather than with foreigners.
'Hey, do you have a second?' The upside of workplace interruptions
It’s a common occurrence: you’re right in the middle of a project and a co-worker stops by to ask for help with a task or to share a photo of their new puppy. While there are downsides to interruptions at work (increased stress, lower energy), the upside is a greater sense of belonging, leading to higher job satisfaction.
"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.
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