Work Essential Reads

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

How to Trust Again After Job Loss or Career Setback

Trusting after job loss or career setback comes with challenges. But not learning how to trust again can hurt your career. These four tips can help.

Top 10 Unpopular Strategies to Boost Happiness

When it comes to boosting well-being, some exercises get all the attention (e.g.., mindfulness) and some get little attention. This post offers 10 powerful but rarely discussed interventions that emerge from well-being research.

10 Things Passive People Say

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
When passivity becomes our default way of responding and interacting and determines our general approach to life, it hurts us in ways we might not realize: Here's what to look for:

Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making

By Victor Lipman on November 12, 2015 Mind of the Manager
The Social Contract is dead. We're becoming a nation of freelancers. Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.

Why Is Denmark the Happiest Country in the World?

Denmark's social democratic public policies and its labor market policies illustrate what the scholarly literature suggests are the most important determinants of human well-being.

The Fallacy of Pavlov's Dog

Instead of training our employees (and spouses and children) to salivate on-command, we should be instilling them with the principles of total motivation.

Why CEOs Are Committed to Diversity Management

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on October 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Is there more to it than a business case?

The Rational Unconscious

By Richard E. Nisbett Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 Mindware
Your unconscious mind is fully as rational as your conscious mind. Some types of learning are among the things your unconscious mind does better than your conscious mind.

5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Courage in the Workplace

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 Curious?
Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.

A Workover: She Has a Smart but Unfocused Adult Son

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 20, 2015 How To Do Life
What, if anything, should a parent do when her young adult child is a dabbler?

Why Do Employees Most Often Quit?

By Victor Lipman on October 16, 2015 Mind of the Manager
A new survey offers insights and answers. Think autonomy, micromanagement, culture and relationships...

Three Signs It's Time to Leave Your Job

By Aaron Hurst on October 15, 2015 The Purpose Economy
We usually don't advocate for quitters...but sometimes enough is enough. These are the three factors (other than money) that mean you need to jump ship.

Authentic Kindness in Work and in Life

By John Sean Doyle on October 13, 2015 Luminous Things
As I watched my child struggle, I was pulling my hair out searching for a way to take this research into happiness and meaning and goodness and find ways to use it in the tough spots in life.

5 Myths About Burnout (and the Truth We Need to Understand)

It’s Sunday night and you’re dreading the thought of going to work in the morning. You used to be able to juggle all of the demands of the job as you leaned into success, but now something is missing. You don’t feel as “plugged into” the projects you’re working on, but you know it’s not the right time to change jobs. Is this burnout? Are you just stressed out?

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.

7 Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Irritability is the carbon monoxide of emotional pollutants, but here's what you can do about it.

7 Reasons Why Laziness Is a Myth

Debunking the Myth of Laziness. 7 reasons “slackers” don’t exert effort. Laura D. Miller, LCSW

How Gratitude Can Help Your Career

By Peter Bregman on October 01, 2015 How We Work
I was opening the mail (the real mail, the one delivered by an actual, live person) and between the bills and solicitations, was a single letter, addressed to me, in sloppy — but recognizable — handwriting. Recognizable because the handwriting was mine.

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Give and Take
Men see no bias, hear no bias, speak no bias

No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, But I’ll Talk to You Anyway

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Give and Take
Why you might want to take that meeting

Rewarding Executive Incompetence

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Hidden Motives
Researchers at Notre Dame’s business school “have found a correlation between generous option grants and the incidence of serious product recalls.” How could that be?

20 Signs That Your Boss May Be a Psychopath

When psychopathy hits the workplace, the effects can be devastating, especially if that psychopath is your boss. Take this 20-item quiz to find out if this recently-discovered form of the dark triad personality may be affecting you and those you love in ways you didn’t realize.

How to Cope with Waiting

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 How To Do Life
It's painful to have to wait for an answer. These suggestions may help.

3 Steps to Finding Your Flow

Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Distracted Living

Realize where your priorities lie and turn your undivided attention towards them to use all of your efforts and resources achieving things that make you feel proud and content. These seven tips can help you stop living distracted and add more value to the time you have!

7 New Books to Read This Fall

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 Give and Take
The best new reads on psychology

How Introverts and Extroverts Can Make Professional Magic

Introverts and extroverts can achieve extraordinary results when they learn how to work together, according to author Jennifer Kahnweiler.

Conservative Feminism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 Rabble Rouser
If you want to be accepted by mainstream, contemporary feminism, you must identify as pro-choice, reject the reality of innate or biologically based gender differences or the concept of human nature, condemn traditional relationships and family dynamics, and subscribe to specific avenues for achieving gender equality and justice.