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The Danger of Assuming Shared Psychological Safety in Teams

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Psychological safety—the belief that it is safe to take interpersonal risks within a group—is recognized as a key attribute of high-performance teams. Research has shown that when team members are afraid to share their views, ask for feedback, or take risks, the team will be less effective. Psychological safety is conceptualized as a shared belief—that […]

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Bad Is Stronger than Good

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A wide-ranging overview of related psychological studies reveals that, without exception, bad has a greater impact than good, no matter the context. Here is some of the evidence presented by the researchers: Reacting to Events: Studies demonstrate that a major negative event has a lasting impact on an individual; a major positive event results in […]

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Why Employees Are Suspicious of Unsolicited Advice

The Conversation, Théodule-Augustin Ribot (1823-1891). (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

One often-overlooked element of an organization’s success is sharing of advice— information with guidance or recommendations. Advice is clearly beneficial to the individuals receiving the advice, who can use it and learn from it, and thus improve their performance; as such, advice is also clearly beneficial to the organization’s performance as whole. Yet many employees […]

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Are Working Class CEOs Less Worried about Employee Welfare?

Jeff Bezos at Amazon Spheres Grand Opening in Seattle (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

CEOs and corporate leaders come from diverse backgrounds, with a broad range of childhood experiences. While some CEOs were raised in affluent families, with all the privileges and opportunities that such an upbringing offers, other CEOs had difficult childhoods marked by poverty and challenging family situations. A team of researchers studying the impact of different […]

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Address Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social Resilience to Improve Performance and Engagement

Athletes at a gym. Attributed to Euphronios, 6th Century (Courtesy: Wellcome Collection)

Resilience is the ability to adaptively respond to challenges and avoid the burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed that can damage the well-being, health and performance of leaders and employees. Improving resilience in an organization leads to higher feelings of engagement, less burnout, less stress, less conflict, and overall higher performance. Based on decades of […]

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Work from Home and Job Satisfaction: It’s Complicated

Work-from-home (WFH) flexibility was once available only to a select group of employees and professions. The sudden emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic forced companies in many industries to make WFH arrangements for as many of their employees as possible. This forced natural experiment allowed both companies and their employees to experience the benefits and pitfalls […]

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Setting High Performance Expectations Can Lead to Failure

Past research has demonstrated that high external performance expectations (e.g., from supervisors, co-workers, clients, family, friends, and the media) can motivate individuals to increase their efforts and be more persistent, leading to higher levels of performance. The source of this motivation is the desire to make a good impression on those who are watching. One […]

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