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The Cure For The Common Cubicle
4 months ago

The Cure For The Common Cubicle

By  •  Workplace

What works best to spur employees’ best work? Researchers say the ideal office space includes a variety of open places to brainstorm and private spots to sit and think.

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Attitude Adjustment
9 months ago

Attitude Adjustment

By  •  Creativity

The most disgruntled employees can sometimes be the best at creatively solving workplace problems — provided they have managers who value innovation and who give them the freedom to defy standard operating procedures.

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Letter Of The Law
11 months ago

Letter Of The Law

By  •  Workplace Psychology

Critics of anti-discrimination laws often argue that you can’t legislate fairness. Actually, you can, Rice Business Professor Mikki Hebl says. Research shows that anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT workers’ rights work on several levels at the same time, warning workers about cause and effect, and making a statement about social norms.

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Hive Mind
11 months ago

Hive Mind

By  •  corporate culture

For entrepreneurs, the need for self-improvement is obvious: you’re either getting better at what you do, or you’re getting beaten by someone else. The vast majority of other workers, those who draw a paycheck from an employer, also crave self-improvement. But who decides what that improvement looks like?

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Perfect Match
11 months ago

Perfect Match

By  •  Human Resources

Hiring the right employee is one of the knottiest tasks that managers face. When it goes wrong, the consequences can be as miserable as an ill-starred marriage. Professor Fred Oswald describes the hiring principles that are known to work – and the parts of hiring that will always remain a mystery.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing
2 years ago

Too Much Of A Good Thing

By  •  Human Resources

Human Resources: Companies are often right to assume that a worker with more of a certain appealing trait will perform better. But new research suggests that the personality/performance link might not always be straightforward.

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Whistle While You Work
2 years ago

Whistle While You Work

By  •  Workplace Psychology

A consortium of construction firms have teamed up to treat workers better.

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The Good, The Bad And The Ambivalent
2 years ago

The Good, The Bad And The Ambivalent

By  •  Workplace Psychology

A mood may not interrupt thought processes the way that a strong emotion does, but it can color workers’ day-to-day life in a profound way. Positive moods can signal that all is well and encourage thought processes that are less systematic and more expansive. Negative moods warn that our situation is problematic and encourage cautious, analytical thinking. Both are obviously valuable in an organization, as they encourage employees to approach problems from multiple perspectives.

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Happy Place
3 years ago

Happy Place

By  •  Worker Well-being

Workplace well-being seems dependent on gyms, yoga, juice bars as twenty-first century businesses compete for the freshest way to amuse and refresh their employees. At the same time, a cottage industry of scholarly research is advising them on how to do it. Despite the healthy quantity of literature on worker happiness, however, scholars typically overlook some integral issues: pay and job security.

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Clean Living
3 years ago

Clean Living

By  •  Workplace Psychology

Disgust can be a powerful self-protective force — but it can lead to unethical behavior. When people are disgusted, they’re more likely to act in self-serving ways, like lying and cheating. Making them feel cleaner seems to clean up their act.

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