Posts Categorized: Today’s research

Low skilled, low paid workers of the world don’t unite

Marx was wrong, according to some interesting new research. Workers in low-skilled, low paid employment don’t unite to protect their interests.

The belief that members of the “precariat”—the group of workers found in insecure, low-waged employment—are united against their bosses isn’t necessarily true.… [read more]

Surgeons under stress make more mistakes

If you’re going to have an operation be sure you have a super calm surgeon. Likewise, if you’re hiring for a job which needs precision and accuracy.

A new study reveals that during stressful moments in the operating room, surgeons make up to 66 percent more mistakes on patients.… [read more]

Hiring a radical may be dangerous

People who hold radical political views—at either end of the political spectrum—aren’t as good as moderates at knowing when they’re wrong, even about something unrelated to politics, finds a new study.

The experimental study used a simple perceptual task, and the researchers found no difference between the groups on task performance, but noted that people with more radical beliefs tended to overestimate their certainty on incorrect answers, according to the findings published in Current Biology.… [read more]

The correlation between obesity and income is only recent

It is well known that poorer Americans, Australians or Europeans are more likely to be obese or suffer from diabetes.

This is relatively recent and has only developed in the past 30 years, according to an international team of researchers. They found that since 1990, the rise of obesity and diabetes was fastest among the poorest U.S.… [read more]

Employee incentives can lead to unethical behavior

Considering end-of-year bonuses for your employees? Bosses be forewarned, a new study finds that while incentive rewards can help motivate and increase employee performance they can also lead to unethical behavior. Oops!

What the researchers say: “Goal fixation can have a profound impact on employee behavior, and the damaging effects appear to be growing stronger in today’s competitive business landscape,” said the lead author.… [read more]

Your bad boss could turn you into a great boss

A new study suggests abuse and mistreatment by those at the top of an organization do not necessarily lead to abusive behavior by lower-level leaders. When offered leadership opportunities, prior victims of workplace abuse are more likely to treat their own subordinates better by learning from the bad behavior of their bosses.… [read more]

Manager burnout—an increasing problem

There are perks to becoming a manager: higher pay, career mobility, and more authority and influence when it comes to making decisions. But there are also downsides: having too much work and not enough time to do it. In a  new study researchers call the transition a “double-edged sword” and found that a manager’s ability to mentally detach from work during non-work hours can help reduce the increased exhaustion and work-family conflict that come with the new role.… [read more]

Even successful women CEOs more likely to be fired

In TR recently, I’ve included some studies which showed that there is considerable prejudice against women CEOs—even among women. Now a fascinating study shows that they are much more likely than male CEOs to be dismissed, even when the women are performing well.… [read more]

The problem of Post-urban development

Contemporary megacities have lost normal city features, according to an interesting research piece. This puts us all in some mental danger.

What the researchers say: As a contemporary city expands; it is stitched together with communications but lacks integrity. Districts are so heterogeneous, that they often don’t interact with each other.… [read more]