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]
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]
In all the controversy regarding climate change one aspect of climate is often ignored—the relationship between climate and the level of individual freedom. A really fascinating study on this subject appears in the current edition of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences.… [read more]
Today’s teens are materialistic, narcissistic, work-shy and have an overly strong sense of entitlement. All this from a study by researchers at San Diego State University published in the current Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The lead researcher blames advertising for much of this—especially because advertisers encourage materialism, and the sense of status that comes with ownership of goods, and rarely show the work necessary to afford the purchase.… [read more]
Around 1900, the average IQ of the US or UK population was around 70. That would be regarded as pretty unintelligent today. Have we become smarter? That is a really interesting question and one discussed in the latest edition of Monitor on Psychology.… [read more]
A fascinating article in the Behavioral Science Journal predicts that Western nations will experience a future baby boom. The researchers have found that currently women in the West are looking to have an average of 2.2 children over their reproductive lifetime.… [read more]
Investors, stakeholders, employees all want to know whether they work for a well-run company. Until now there has been no quick, sure-fire, way of knowing. However University of Concordia has come out with the results of a longitudinal study which might throw some light on the subject and give a strong indication of which companies to work for or invest in.… [read more]
There is an increasing trend in many countries for women to partner with men with less education than themselves. This reverses an opposite trend which has been prevalent for a few centuries. The study, by researchers at the University Autonoma de Barcelona, was carried out in 56 countries and published today in Population Development Review.… [read more]
Another confirmation of our prime adage ‘never assume.’ James Dean and the young Marlon Brando were the epitome of cool: rebellious, dark, emotionally controlled and thrill-seeking. I and most of the boomer/GenX crowd assumed that this was still the case. So did the author of a study by a Rochester University researcher who set out to confirm that cool was still what it was.… [read more]
We’ll all have to cope with the Millennium generation in the workplace very soon. It’s as well to know something about them. The latest study by San Diego State University based on longitudinal data collected by the University of Michigan shows that Gen M is focused principally on fame and money (70% more so than Boomers).… [read more]