Work Essential Reads

Are Multi-Tasking Employees Present at Work?

By Nanette Fondas on March 05, 2015 in
Presence versus productivity may well be the defining challenge of the 21st century workplace.

20 Expert Tactics for Dealing with Difficult People

You can't reason with an unreasonable person, but verbal de-escalation techniques can help. Learn how professionals handle the most difficult of situations.

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

A major goal of parenting high school age adolescents is helping them develop basic skills of self-management that will support more independence soon to come.

How to Save Your Career From Social Media Meltdown

By Nancy Rothbard Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in The Science of Work
Sharing the wrong thing on social media can cost you your job.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Object Permanence In Adult Life

Eye contact, a pat on the back, a smile of appreciation, and a shared laugh-out-loud of sheer pleasure are the best and most direct signals of communication, after all.

Confessing Your Office Romance

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in Adventures in Dating
Workplace romances are common...but how do employees learn that two people are dating at work? My latest research study describes this process.

5 Ways Resilient People Use Failure to Their Advantage

While failure causes some people to give up, others use it as an opportunity to grow stronger and become better.

How to Stop Calling Yourself a Fraud or a Failure

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 14, 2015 in Wander Woman
Whether you are starting something new or you made some mistakes you regret, you might fall into the trap of calling yourself a failure. Or you worry others will judge you as incompetent. This post will help you recognize scenarios where you discount yourself and then it gives you 5 steps for helping you recover your confidence so you can move on.

Lean Back, Dad

By Nanette Fondas on February 11, 2015 in WorkLife Matters
When a dad spends more time with his children, virtually everyone benefits.

Recipes for Creative Genius

Here’s why the top 5 mental focus hacks might not be working for you.

How Not to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Give and Take
The worst ways to ask for a recommendation

You Can't Be Mad At Your Mind!

By Elizabeth R Thornton on February 03, 2015 in The Objective Leader
You can't be mad at your mind!

Why Insecure People Make Such Bad Bosses

A sense of security is beneficial for many reasons, but particularly so when other people depend on you. Horrible bosses can be horrible for many reasons, but being insecure is arguably one of the most important. Whether it’s your boss, or the boss of your lover or friend, understanding the effects of personal insecurity can give you important insights.

Slow Down to Speed Up

By Stewart Friedman Ph.D. on January 27, 2015 in Work and Life
Work and Life perspectives: On the importance of recess for grown ups, too.

17 Rules to Guide You Through Any Conflict

Whether in your relationships or your work life, it’s inevitable that you’ll be involved in a conflict with someone over something. These 17 principles will guide you in learning how best to put your emotions, motives, and communication skills to settle any of those conflicts in to produce successful results.

Power Corrupts…And Testosterone Corrupts Absolutely?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Caveman Politics
We’re all familiar with the cynical warning about leaders: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But research shows there's more to corruption than just power. And that "more" may be everyone's favorite sex hormone.

Good, Neutral, and Bad Selfishness

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in Cui Bono
Most of us have been taught from an early age that placing our own needs before the needs of others is wrong. Such behavior is discouraged with the disparaging label, "selfish." At the same time, self-help experts tell us that "self-care" is essential to our well-being. So, how do we tell the difference between "bad" selfishness and healthy self-care?

The 5 Warning Signs of a Toxic Work Environment

Each year, Fortune Magazine publishes a list of the best companies to work for, but what about the worst workplaces? We know what makes a workplace great—good pay, benefits, outstanding leadership, good colleagues—but what are the signs of a really bad company? Here are some of the key warning signs of toxic work environments.

Dads Can’t Have It Both Ways… Can They?

Times really have changed as men have become more involved at home but to what extent does this involvement really imply that traditional notions of what it means to be a good father are a thing of the past?

The Key to Getting Ahead? It's Not About You.

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 09, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Most of us have heard some version of the saying “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” This quote highlights that people get accolades for their success in the workplace, but most people who achieve greatness in the workplace need people who support their personal lives.

How to Win

Smart effort is a good thing. It might well win Urban Meyer another national championship. But he learned the hard way that bottomless, pull-your-hair-out effort produces more stress than success.

Absences at Work: More May Be at Stake Than You Think

Dealing with employees who are frequently “missing in action” can be a major challenge. Looking at it carefully can pay off for both you, your organization and your workers.

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Give and Take
The most exciting books coming out on psychology and work

Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb?

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in Glue
How the "mere presence" of a smartphone—even when it's not on—alters our behavior.

If You Trust Your Workplace, You Assume It Is Fair

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Periodically, dissatisfied employees will stage a job action in which they will do the minimum amount of work necessary to keep their job. For example, in early 2015, New York City police minimized the number of arrests they made, to protest comments made by the mayor.

7 Things We Just Learned About Human Nature

By Matthew Hutson on January 01, 2015 in Psyched!
Uri Gneezy and John List are known for their field experiments, testing hypotheses in the real world.

The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People’s Ideas

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Give and Take
Kleptomnesia: the idea theft you didn't see coming

The Plague of Modern, Mechanized, Multi-cultural Life

Plagues, like mechanization, modernization, and multi-culturalism, isolate individuals in ways comparable to autism.

The Four “Dark Personality” Traits

Psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists, oh my! Personality psychologist Del Paulhus has bucked the positive psychology trend, with a series of rigorous studies delving into the "Dark Side" of human personality. He has shown that four dark traits have distinct but often unexpected consequences in the workplace and in relationships.