Reverse psychology: How bad managers inspire team camaraderie

An unfair, uncaring manager makes for an uncertain working life, one characterised by stress, absenteeism and poor performance. But new research suggests a silver lining: when the boss is unjust, team members come together.

Jan 19

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Successful People Have Conscientious Partners

Behind every successful person is a conscientious partner. So, is it true that successful people get significant help from their partners? And is the form of this quote accurate? Is it that successful men are helped by women, but not the other way ...

Jan 12

Categories: Workplace Issues

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When professionalism means betraying a friend

have to let several staff members go. I feel awful about it, but it is part of a company-wide redundancy plan. I am not supposed to reveal these layoffs for another few weeks. But I know one person I must let go is about to go under contract for a ...

Jan 7

Categories: Workplace Issues

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The Jobs With The Highest Rates of Depression

The jobs with the highest and lowest rates of depression.

Dec 26

Categories: Depression, Workplace Issues

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Bad Leaders Hold Onto Power

Dominating leaders work against their team's best interests to hold onto power.

Dec 24

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Being Able to Personalize Your Workspace May Have Psychological ...

Several studies have found that open office layouts can negatively impact employee performance. Environmental noise and interruptions can become distracting, impairing workers’ productivity. Employees in open offices have also been found to have ...

Dec 22

Categories: Personality problems, Workplace Issues

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Being an Arrogant Know-It-All: A Surefire Way to Derail Your Career

Being arrogant is a problem because a person "always thinks he/she has the right and only answer [and] discounts or dismisses the input of others" (Lombardo & Eichinger, 1998, p. 447). Some causes of arrogance include: lack of feedback, like own ...

Dec 11

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Self-Development – Suggestions for How To Continually Grow and ...

According to Lominger International (now a Korn/Ferry Company), a competency is "a measurable characteristic of a person that is related to success at work. It may be a behavioral skill, a technical skill, an attribute (such as intelligence), or an ...

Dec 10

Categories: Workplace Issues

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How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and ...

"The body has all of these failsafe systems in place to keep itself healthy," says Michael Lumpkin, Professor of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University, USA. "All you really need to do is provide a healing ...

Dec 2

Categories: Workplace Issues

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How Your Boss's Ethics Can Hurt Your Career

Professionals may believe they can maintain an ethical reputation by merely refraining from morally questionable practices: Don't steal, cheat, or bully others. But this alone is not enough. If a higher-up in your organization is found guilty of ...

Dec 1

Categories: Career Development and Change, Workplace Issues

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Have You Heard? Gossip Is Actually Good and Useful

Talking behind other people's backs may not always be nice, but sometimes it can help promote cooperation and self-improvement.

Nov 27

Categories: Workplace Issues

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When Korea imposed a limit on working hours, did it make people ...

Across different professions, many people are familiar with the sense of having to deliver more with less, meaning clocking-off time falls later and later. One way to protect workers' rights, and look after their wellbeing, is to introduce working ...

Nov 26

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Workplace Issues

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How to Maximize the 2 Most Productive Hours of the Day

Wake up, smell the coffee, and get right to work. That should be your new mantra to start the day, according to Dan Ariely, a Duke University professor of psychology and behavioral economics.

Nov 25

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Is your boss making you sick?

Having a bad boss can make your work life a misery, but it can also make you sick, both physically and mentally, researchers say.

Oct 28

Categories: Workplace Issues

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The most intelligent candidates may not make the best employees

Workplace research through the 20th Century suggested that selecting for intelligence is the best way to identify good performers. General mental ability (GMA), a popular recruitment measure that maps closely to the colloquial meaning of ...

Sep 19

Categories: Workplace Issues

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