An interesting story appeared in the BBC News Online Business section. It featured a new report from the UK Institute for Public Policy Research which says that automation will not take all of our jobs, but will enormously increase wage inequality.… [read more]
The science of ethics is something that I have long been fascinated in. That we have an innate drive to establish an ethical code is pretty well accepted—all human societies have one so it must be part of our basic DNA. … [read more]
The Industrial Revolution of 200 years ago, powered by coal and steam engines, and laid the foundations of modern society. World-first research by a number of universities has found its effects are still felt and not in a good way.
What the researchers say: The Industrial Revolution casts a long shadow with former coal-mining and manufacturing communities in the UK the US still struggling.… [read more]
I have mentioned many times in TR that humans don’t make decisions based on fact or reasoning—something which has now been validated by a vast number of studies. Rather we make decisions on the basis of emotion and the pursuit of relational safety.… [read more]
Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research by a team from a number of universities in Europe and the US.
What the researchers say: Increasingly important contributing factors to mental and physical illness—and therefore sick leave—are found in the work environment.… [read more]
Human stress is simply a result of our modern society forcing us to try and exceed our genetic design specs. We are simply not designed to live in a materialistic unequal society and work in the ways and for the long hours that we do.… [read more]
In a new study, researchers found support for the theory that redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest, and envy—but not fairness.
What the researchers say: Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, the researchers found that fairness doesn’t really explain who supports redistribution or why.… [read more]
While many people consider themselves generally moral and honest, even the most upstanding citizens will likely become willing to lie, cheat and steal under certain circumstances, according to evidence from a new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
What the researchers say: If consumers believe that a company is harmful in some way—to the environment or to people – then they feel justified participating in illegal activities, such as shoplifting, piracy or hacking, according to findings in the study.… [read more]
Attempts by managers to empower staff by delegating different work to them or asking for their opinions can be detrimental to employee productivity, research shows. On the face of it this finding goes against current conventional wisdom.
What the researchers say: Giving employees more authority can have a negative impact on their day to day performance and perhaps give the impression that their boss is just seeking to avoid doing their own work, according to the study.… [read more]
Well, now it’s official—what we’ve always known: narcissists are more likely to become leaders (witness DT) and they are also more likely to be bad leaders (again, witness DT).
Ask most workers if they’ve ever had a narcissist for a boss and you’ll hear stories of leaders who have taken credit for others’ work, made decisions without consulting others and used every opportunity to talk about themselves.… [read more]