Managers exploit loyal workers
"Managers targeted loyal workers because they believe that loyalty comes with a duty to make personal sacrifices for their company."
Workers' and bosses' trust in teleworking is key
New research looks at how trust, and the lack of it, excessive workloads, social isolation and work-related fatigue impacts performance.
Automation drives income inequality
When you use self-checkout machines in supermarkets and drugstores, you are probably not — with all due respect — doing a better job than checkout clerks once did. Automation just makes bagging less expensive for large retail chains.
New group flow theory shows: Behavior, mental state and personal skills must fit together in a team
Group flow is not only apparent in team sports. We also see it in business meetings, between doctors carrying out surgery, or with musicians in an orchestra.
Cash is not a good way to motivate employees
US firms spent more than $90 billion annually on tangible employee rewards, such as gift cards, recreation trips and merchandise in hopes of increasing productivity.
How to be "in the flow"
Flow—being so involved in what you are doing that time, indeed anything else, ceases to be noticed—is said to be good for our well-being. There is evidence that it can ward off depression, prevent burnout and make us more resilient. We seek it out, but our understanding of how the brain enables flow is limited.
Finding the perfect match
There is an eternal question when hiring: “Is this person really the right fit?” Even if a candidate has the skills for the job, does their personality fit the company culture? Do their goals align with those of the organization? Employees who identify with the organization’s goals do better and remain longer. But the organization must have goals that employees can relate to.
How organizations can encourage bursts of creativity
Hot streaks last about five years on average and directly result from years of exploration (studying diverse styles or topics) immediately followed by years of exploitation (focusing on a narrow area to develop deep expertise). Afterwards, individuals return to “normal” and no longer follow any pattern of exploration or exploitation.
You can have too much of a good thing, says study of financial analysts' work-life balance
Making improvements to hardworking analysts’ work-life balance produces dividends for the company and the analysts’ careers, but there's a limit to the positive performance impact, with a little bit stress a good thing.
Ways to preserve employee morale during cost-cutting
Layoffs, offshoring and other cost-cutting measures affect morale longer than most companies realize, challenging assumptions that shifts in job attitudes are temporary. Companies that invest in their remaining employees are less likely to see a plunge in morale.
Researchers link poor memory to media multitasking
Why do some of us have better memory recall than others? Things that happen even before you begin remembering are going to affect your memory recall and some of these factors are already within our control.
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