Work Essential Reads

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.

The Surprising Psychology of Makeup

A new study finds that men perceive women who wear makeup to be more prestigious while women perceive other women who wear makeup to be more dominant—and more promiscuous.

10 Ways to Write Perfect Emails

Figuring out how to say what you mean in your email conversations doesn’t have to be a daunting task with this helpful, all-purpose guide.

Why 1 in 3 People Adapt to Change More Successfully

By Nick Tasler on June 22, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Research explains why, when bad things happen, one out of three people find inspiration where others find only imprisonment.

What to Do When Your Life Is a Mess

When you feel like everything in your life is going wrong, follow these steps to gain control of your problems.

Why Do Individuals Oppose Affirmative Action?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Diverse and Competitive
Are they racist, denying their own privilege, or simply preferring meritocracy?

My Best Ideas

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
I'd want these ideas scrolling in the video played at my memorial

Work-Life Balance: Luxury or Ethical Necessity?

Are long hours and difficulties unplugging making you a worse person?

What Kind of a Leader Are You?

Dominant leaders use force to keep subordinates in line. Prestige-oriented leaders base their status on skills and information, using very different tactics. Which is better?

Two Steps Toward Intercultural Competence

Interacting successfully with people who are culturally different is rarely easy. Insights from cross-cultural psychology can help.

Meeting Malpractice

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on June 06, 2016 in Superbosses
Avoiding meeting malpractice will not solve all of our problems in an era of tremendous globalization and technological disruption. But I bet it’s a great way to start.
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3 Highly Effective Ways to Give Critical Feedback

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Feeling It
We have this idea that giving critical feedback is necessary but difficult. But research and Eileen Fisher show us it doesn't have to be.

Are You Working for a Company that Doesn't Trust You?

Does your company trust you? What's the culture like where you work -- trust enhancing or trust depleting? Here are 10 ways to tell if your company doesn't trust you.

Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

Eight Major Problems for Women on the Job

Are you female, and frustrated by your slow advancement at work? Here are roadblocks you don't see.
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3 Foolproof Ways to Prevent Work Burnout, Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Feeling It
Why your productivity may be making you less productive and what you should do instead—backed by science.

Lessons for Millennials

The best advice you ever heard ... for millennials!