Posts Tagged: Performance management

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]

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]

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]

Teams work better if they pick their partners

We have said for a long time that the key to creating high performing teams was to select people who enjoy each other’s company. This notion has received powerful confirmation in a recent study. The key, the researchers say, to get people to work together effectively could be giving them the flexibility to choose their collaborators and the comfort of working with established contacts.… [read more]

Depression, burnout and low quality of life.

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]

Unstructured interviews lead to unstructured nonsense.

I don’t know how many times I hears executives tell me how valuable unstructured interviews are in screening applicants for jobs. I have always doubted their efficacy. It seems to me that there is great value in having a structure, even if you don’t stick to it very closely.… [read more]

Using praise gets you a lower price

It has been known for a long time that sellers—particularly private sellers—inflate the price of that which they are selling to  much more than they would be willing to pay for the same object. It’s called the ‘endowment effect’ and the idea is that sellers try to compensate themselves for the sense of loss they will feel when they part with the object.… [read more]

People perform badly under threat

We have long hypothesized that threat is not a good management tool, and recently many leaders have come to realize the wisdom of this maxim. However it has never, until now, been scientifically proven. A study by researchers in the US and Israel and published in the current edition of the journal Behavioral Sciences now confirms that people do not perform well under a real or perceived threat.… [read more]