Posts Tagged: Job satisfaction

Wage increases only have a temporary effect on job satisfaction

After a wage increase, people tend to be more satisfied with their jobs—and even more so when what they have gained exceeds the wage increases of their colleagues. Yet, this effect on job satisfaction is not persistent. Two economics professors reported these findings in a study recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.[read more]

Why some of your old work commitments never seem to go away

Years after I ceased to be a TV producer/director for the BBC I would replay old programs in my mind and devise ways to make them better, more entertaining, more engaging. I won three major awards in my relatively brief time on the job, but perhaps in my mind there’s never a perfect show.… [read more]

The key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundance (maybe)

Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts—an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.

What the researchers say: More than 1,100 Americans and 1,600 Europeans—including 775 Swiss and 871 German-speaking adults—participated in the study, which tested the validity of a widely used psychological assessment tool called the Implicit Theory of Willpower for Strenuous Mental Activities Scale.… [read more]

Being treated unfairly at work leads to illness

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]

Empowering workers can cause uncertainty and resentment

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]

For development a human needs a nurturing environment

We tend to think of ‘development needs’ as essentially to do with children. However our brains develop throughout our lives, and adults have developmental needs as well. An article in American Psychologist sets out clearly what kind of environment a brain—of any age—needs for its development.… [read more]

Artists really are happier

The starving artist in the garret may be a cliché but new research published today in the Journal of Cultural Economics also shows he or she is likely to be happier than the rest of us. The researchers found that visual or performance artists have a higher job satisfaction rating than people in any other profession.… [read more]

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]

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]