3 Types of Employee Recognition (with Very Different Results)

People want to be recognized for their work. It’s fairly obvious that employee recognition can contribute to motivation, productivity and engagement. But did you know that different forms of recognition can lead to very different results?   In this article, we break down employee recognition into 3 basic types, and the different effects each tends to have.     1. Achievement-based recognition When most people think of employee recognition, this is what they think of. Employees receive certain rewards if, or when, they achieve certain goals.   Achievement-based incentive programs can be useful, but often don’t produce the intended results. […]

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Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment?

Job applicants might try to cheat a per-hire assessment. Personality assessments offer many advantages, but they also seem like they could be easy to cheat. These assessments allow you to freely select your responses—there is nothing to prevent you from selecting responses that might make you look good, even if they don’t accurately describe you. But how often does cheating actually happen, and how does it affect the reliability and validity of assessments?   Research on cheating What does it look like when someone fakes a personality assessment? If you want to find out, just ask people to do it. […]

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How People See Trends and Coincidences

Imagine an especially great week at work. Expectations are exceeded. Things get done. Everyone’s happy! Maybe this is a trend. It could be a sign of genuine improvement. Things are getting better. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Circumstances were just right. It was luck.   Most people would hesitate to call something like that a trend. It’s just one week after all. But what happens instead if we’re talking about an especially bad week at work? People are much more likely to think that it’s part of a negative trend that will continue. Little things can “add up” Sometimes very important […]

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Sleep Reveals Your Personality

Sleep is important. It determines the times of day you can be most productive. Not only does quality sleep help you to rest and recover so you can show up energized for work, it can actually determine job satisfaction. You can even use sleep to recover lost memories that had previously been forgotten.   But did you know that patterns of sleep and wakefulness can reveal important aspects of your personality? A group of researchers recently analyzed data from more than 16,000 people to uncover the hidden links between personality and sleep.     Patterns of sleep and wakefulness Are […]

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Unethical Behavior: 3 Studies You Should Know

You probably think about unethical behavior as isolated incidents: bad people doing bad things. Psychologists know it’s not that simple.   Unethical behavior is rarely a self-correcting problem for organizations. In fact, it tends to spread from one person to the next, and thus get worse rather than better. In this article, we talk about 3 studies that provide important insights.     1. Unethical behavior is contagious When a person sees someone do something unethical, it increases the chances that they will do it too. There have been many studies on this topic, but this simple experiment provides a […]

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