Does Employee Happiness Drive Business Results?

Employee happiness used to be considered an important business goal. People thought that happy employees make organizations more successful.   Maybe they were wrong. The idea certainly has fallen out of favor in recent decades, and it has largely been replaced with a broader emphasis on “employee engagement.” Some people might even suggest that the pursuit of employee happiness isn’t worthwhile.   But before we give up on employee happiness, let’s see what the research evidence shows us.     Employee engagement The “employee engagement” movement considers a much wider range of factors than just happiness. This is a good […]

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Why Do Narcissists Get So Defensive?

Some people think very highly of themselves. They are “the best.” They always win. They’re Narcissists.   With all that confidence, a person can seem completely shameless. You would think that they could face any challenge or criticism.   So why do some Narcissists seem so overly sensitive, so fragile, so defensive? A new series of studies provides us with some useful insights.     Social comparison People compare themselves to other people all the time. It’s almost automatic. Whenever you think about another person, it’s difficult not to compare yourself to them in some way. If a person is […]

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Do Leaders Need Good Manners?

There are many factors that determine the effectiveness of a leader. One of the most important is assertiveness. Leaders who aren’t assertive enough are ineffective. Leaders who are too assertive are disliked. The most effective leaders are somewhere in between. That’s overall leadership style. But when it comes to making specific decisions, fairness is often what matters the most. What makes some leaders make more fair decisions?   It might have something to do with emotional intelligence. It might have something to do with greed. But a recent series of studies suggest that it might be something else entirely. The […]

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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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