Best of 2017: Most Popular Articles of the Year

2017 was a really good year.

(When it comes to interesting new research, anyway.)

Let’s take a look back at the most popular articles.


January: Interview Better with This Trick

How can you make the best impression in an interview?

The most charismatic, funny, and witty people can think fast.

Eye contact tends to slow down your thought processes. Looking away at the right times can speed up your responses, and in turn make you seem more charismatic, funny, or witty.


February: Are You Hiring a Psychopath? 4 Warning Signs

Psychopathic traits can be hard to detect.

How can you tell if you’re about to hire a psychopath? This article describes 4 clues that research has linked to psychopathy.


March: 3 Types of Employee Recognition (with Very Different Results)

Employee recognition can contribute to motivation, productivity and engagement.

But did you know that different forms of employee recognition can lead to very different results?

This article describes the potential results of achievement-based recognition, care-based recognition, and respect-based recognition.


April: Do Leaders Need Good Manners?

What makes for good leadership? Fairness is often what matters the most.

What makes the difference? It’s not actually about empathy. Leaders who are polite, friendly, humble, and honest are the ones that tend to make the most “fair” decisions.


May: Why Do Narcissists Get So Defensive?

Some Narcissists are really interested in “winning.”

They want to insult, harm, or defeat their perceived enemies. They also tend to have very fragile self-esteem. Whenever things don’t go their way, their self-esteem drops.

This type of Narcissist wants to maintain high self-esteem. But their self-esteem is also easily threatened—that’s why they get so defensive.


June: The Surprising Female Advantage in Job Interviews

There’s a negative correlation between anxiety and job interview performance.

But this correlation is significantly stronger for men than it is for women. Women might feel more anxiety in interviews, but it doesn’t hurt their performance as much. In fact, interview anxiety sometimes makes women do better.


July: Why the “Candidate Experience” Really Matters

Are you ignoring the most important aspect of the candidate experience?

Think beyond positive or negative experiences. Candidates who feel that they’ve been treated fairly find the job significantly more desirable. They’re also more likely to say positive things and recommend the organization to friends and colleagues.


August: 3 Types of Employee Engagement

One way to think of employee engagement is that it’s the opposite of employee “burnout.”  

This article describes the 3 components of “anti-burnout.”

  • Energy: Employee feels energetic, lively
  • Involvement: Employee’s attitude is optimistic, engaged
  • Effectiveness: Employee feels capable, achieving, successful


September: 2 Mistakes that Make HR Initiatives Unpopular

Researchers are beginning to understand why some HR initiatives succeed, while others fail.

  1. Successful HR initiatives communicate the intended results (not just the details of the initiative itself) to employees and stakeholders.
  2. Successful HR initiatives allow more time before implementation, which leads employees and stakeholders to think about the larger and longer-term context.


October: Why Do Leaders Ignore Advice?

Some leaders take advice from the experts. They listen to their colleagues. They even listen to subordinates. Other leaders only seem to value their own opinions.

But why does this happen? And why does it only happen with some leaders?

  • Leaders who see their power as an opportunity are less likely to take advice, because they’re less likely to think that advice would actually be useful.
  • When leaders see their power as a responsibility, they’re more likely to see the value in listening to other people.


November: A Surprising Trait Predicts Who Tells Lies

There is a certain type of lie that psychologists call “overclaiming.” It’s when people claim to know something that they don’t actually know.

What type of person would do this? Somewhat surprisingly, it’s people who are high in Openness to Experience. And perhaps the weirdest part is that overclaiming is also correlated with years of formal education and IQ.

The people who claim to know things that they don’t actually know, actually do tend to know more things than the people who don’t claim to know things that they don’t actually know.

Try saying that three times fast.


December: Do You Believe in Destiny? Here’s How It Affects Your Career

Some people believe that the outcomes in their life were “meant to be.”

Some people believe in “free will.”

And quite a few people are somewhere in between—maybe some things are up to you, while other things were predetermined.

Did you know that these beliefs can actually predict what happens in a person’s career? This article explains why.


That’s it for 2017

See you next year!!!

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