The Collateral Damage of a Competitive Workplace

One of the very first Social Psychology studies, conducted over a hundred years ago, pitted children against each another in a contest, and found they outperformed their own solo efforts. Why? It’s in our brain chemistry. Competition causes a stress response that activates energizing hormones (such as adrenalin). Success brings the activation of our brain’s reward system: feel-good hormones (such […]

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5 Great Ways to Diversify Your Hiring Pipeline

A diverse hiring pool leads to better teams and stronger bottom lines. Diversifying the workplace has been shown to increase creativity, productivity, and workplace satisfaction. However, even when executives try to hire diverse employees, they may fail simply because the candidates applying for their open positions are more of the same. This is what’s known as a hiring-pipeline problem, and […]

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Artificial Intelligence will Revolutionize Talent Management — Are you ready?

Where did Artificial Intelligence come from? As modern as it may seem, the term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) was coined by a group of researchers back in 1956. Its early iterations had nothing to do with killer robots or surrogate romantic partners. Instead, they used the term “Artificial Intelligence” as a catch-all phrase for recent advancements in computing theory that had […]

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Science Helps you Hire Better: 3 Top Tips for Effective Job Interviews

What works best to spot your next star performer? Here are three scientist-tested tactics that will get you results. Prepare Structured Questions Asking all candidates the same specific questions keeps answers relevant, draws a complete picture of each candidate, and allows for direct comparison later amongst candidates. This increases the validity of the interviews by mitigating any potential biases (whether […]

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Insincerity: What is it Good For?

The customer is always right. Greet every customer with a smile. Always greet your employees enthusiastically. Always go to the office holiday party. The American work experience is riddled with these tiny moments of insincerity that are often scripted or actively encouraged by employers. But is exhibiting insincerity with customers or co-workers helping or hurting an employee’s chances of success […]

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