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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Are You Hiring a Psychopath? 4 Warning Signs

Psychopaths are people that essentially don’t care about other people. They typically only look out for their own interests, and may have no sense of empathy or remorse. Some won’t even try to hide it. But others have learned how to act like “normal” people—and even how to make a great first impression in an interview.   How can you tell if you’re about to hire a psychopath? Keep reading for 4 hidden clues that research has linked to psychopathy.     1. Pay attention to emotional expressions Emotions can provide important clues. You need to understand the distinction between […]

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Groundhog Day 2017: Long Winter Ahead?

February 2, 2017. Sunrise in Punxsutawney, PA. The big prediction is in. Punxsutawney Phil—the star of the most popular annual Groundhog Day event—saw his own shadow. According to tradition, this means that there will be 6 more weeks of Winter.   But what do we really know? How likely is this prediction? As a much newer annual tradition, the Cangrade Blog brings you a statistical analysis of Groundhog Day predictions (compared against weather data collected by the National Climactic Data Center).   Groundhog Day predictions This year is the biggest analysis ever. Our dataset has 189 predictions over the last […]

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When Bad Stress is Good

Sometimes stress at work can be “good.” It can help you to get excited, and show real passion for your work. A stressful experience might even help you to identify and fix serious problems in the workplace.   But stress at work is often “bad.” It grinds people down over time. It can lead to loss of motivation and burnout, and contribute to a variety of health problems. How can this type of stress possibly ever be a good thing?     The difference between “good” stress and “bad” stress We can see the difference happen, physically in the body. […]

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Does Workplace Culture Drive Business Performance?

Can having the right culture cause your organization to succeed and improve? Maybe. We know that aspects of workplace culture are correlated with indicators of business success. But then again, it could be the other way around. It’s possible that organizations first experience success, and then see changes in culture as a result. Or it could be something even more complicated.   Which one is it? How can we tell the difference? A recent study—one of the first of its kind—followed 95 sales franchises across 6 years. Their results provide us with some very useful insights.     How do […]

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