Bad retention

Attrition of key people is one of the key problems facing any organization. Canadian researchers have identified a wrinkle on this: bad retention. This happens when an employee feels he or she has to stay with an employer out of obligation or because there is simply no other alternative.… [read more]

Religious people make better employees

An interesting study published today suggests that people of faith make generally more satisfied and loyal workers. Part of the reason stems from the fact that religious people are more able to postpone immediate satisfaction for future gain. Other studies, especially from Duke University, have shown that religious people where generally happier and tended to live longer.… [read more]

Too much self-control is dangerous

A fascinating study has thrown light on both animal and human behavior in situations where an unnatural amount of self-control was asked for.

Experiments with dogs have shown that when an individual has been put in a situation where an unnatural amount of self-control was required (‘self-control depletion’), that individual is more likely to indulge in risky behavior subsequently.… [read more]

Canine stress busters

A study by Virginia Commonwealth University school of management has shown that bringing dogs to work reduces stress levels both for their owners and for those without dogs.

Since work related employee stress is the number one threat facing business this study—and others which have come to similar conclusions over the last few years—this should be taken very seriously.… [read more]

One firm approach: learning from evolutionary biology

Everybody knows that beer is produced from fermenting yeast. OK, good. Now, hands up all of you who knew that yeast is a single-celled creature that reproduces asexually?

And, what has that to do with the job of leadership in creating a cooperative one firm approach to business?
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Workplace drug use

With  ever increasing demands being placed upon professional workers (brokers, lawyers, accountants, physicians etc) it is hardly surprising that the reported drug use among this population is increasing fast.

For example, up to one in six UK lawyers are substance abusers (http://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/content/view/177/28/).… [read more]

Call center trauma

A study published in the current Journal of Traumatic Stress shows that dispatchers in emergency call centers are liable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a similar rate to front-line emergency workers.

Given working conditions of the dispatchers that the researchers studied this is not altogether surprising.… [read more]

Intelligence versus social standing

Research published today in the journal Intelligence disproves the old adage about who you know being more important than what you know.

After analyzing the careers of over 75,000 Americans the researchers came to the conclusion that while connections can give you a good start on your career it was intelligence that determined your life-long income and advancement.… [read more]

How to innovate

Up to now we have had almost no neuroscience evidence regarding the process of innovation.

A recent piece of research has remedied that. Scientists have now  found that the basis of  individual innovation in animals (which includes humans) is threefold—novelty seeking, reward and the cognitive ability to recognize novelty.… [read more]

Neuromarketing

The current Harvard Working Knowledge newsletter has a very good, if somewhat superficial, article on neuromarketing. How to use the findings of neuroscience in various decision-making situations (buying professional services for example, or leadership) is something that we are very interested in and which we stay abreast of the latest research on.… [read more]