Work Essential Reads

How to Become the Best Company in the World

By Dan Pontefract on August 25, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Volkswagen chose to serve its shareholders. Johnsonville Sausage has always aimed to serve all of its stakeholders. Who wins in the long term?

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.

Burned Out on the Job? New Research Shows Why

27.8% of Americans "burn out" on the job. Here's why.

Why No One Likes a Humblebragger

Research shows that people find humblebragging more off-putting than pure bragging and pure complaining.

Walking Can Lift Your Mood, Even When You Don't Expect It To

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on August 18, 2016 in Minding the Body
Feeling bored and sluggish at work? A new study shows that walking may be good for your mood, even if you’re strolling down a drab hallway and facing a dreaded chore afterward.
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Want to Be Successful? Spend More Time Staring Into Space

Think about the last time you had a great idea or solved a problem that had been plaguing you—were you in the shower?

6 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression

First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.
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Why Aren't We Doing Less With More?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Cui Bono
New technologies allow to complete tasks much more quickly, potentially providing us with enormous amounts of free time. So why do we fill that time with more work instead of play?

How to Look for a Job When You’re Pregnant

Launching a job search while your pregnant can present challenges. But by having a proactive strategy in place, you can overcome many obstacles ...and stay empowered.

The Social Psychology of Brexit

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Naturally Selected
How can social psychology contribute to understanding the consequences of Brexit for the European Union? Exit-voice-loyalty theory offers some suggestions and solutions.

Thriving in a Gig Economy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
How to avoid it or do well in it.

Clear-Weather Friends

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Ambigamy
Fair-weather friends abandon you when you're down. Clear-weather friends abandon you when you want to get down into problems with the friendship.

The (Script) Doctor Will See You Now

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Talking Cure
The only way to get around writer's block is to grapple with the resonances and/or symbolic meanings of the characters and events on the page.

3 Data-Driven, Practical Tips for Writing Well

Among others: unnecessarily big words make us seem less competent, not more. I explain why, and offer other practical and effective tips.

9 Steps to a Career in Mental Health with a Bachelor's

Want to obtain a career in mental health with only a bachelor's degree? Follow these 9 steps!

Personality and Income

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many things determine your salary: education, the job sector, the state of the economy. But also your personality: your motivation, how hard you work and your work relationships.

The Surprising Psychology of the Email Hack

All too often we hear of a public figure whose email was hacked. What they thought was private becomes grist for the media mill. How would you feel if someone targeted you?

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search

The job search process is fraught with psychological landmines— fears of rejection, bouts of procrastination, self-esteem challenges, and attacks of perfectionism.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

5 Psychological Tricks to Get Ahead in Job Interviews

Think the job interview is only about your skills and education? You may be surprised to learn some tricks to positively influence your chances of employment.
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The Woman Who Changed Hormone Research

How did one scrappy, stubborn, determined woman change the landscape of hormone research?

What Stress Can Do for You

By Tim Leberecht on July 13, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Without stress interrupting our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would live without leaps and peaks.

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.

What to Do in Your 30s to Be Happy in Your 50s

What can you do in your 20s and 30s to increase your chances of happiness later in life? Here are three key lessons from the real experts.

Identifying Alcohol or Drug Abuse in the Work Place

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Substance abuse (alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs) at work is a serious issue with negative consequences for employers and co-workers alike.

Principled Leadership and the Metro Turn Around

What does SafeTrack say about Metro's new leadership? More than you may think.

Why Tuesdays Are More Inspiring Than Fridays

By Nick Tasler on July 05, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
We all want to be happy and inspired. But what if the pursuit of happiness blocks the arousal of inspiration?

Big Projects, Big Mood Swings

Learn why we bounce between optimism and pessimism while working on large projects. And discover 6 ways to deal with these mood swings.