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Don’t Offer Co-workers Help Unless Asked

Monday, October 22, 2018
Helping Coworkers

If you thought that proactively offering help to your co-workers was a good thing, think again. New workplace research from Michigan State University found that when it comes…

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Email Distractions Reduce Leadership Effectiveness

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Russell Johnson

Research from Michigan State University shows that keeping up with email traffic places high demands on managers, which prevents them from achieving their goals and from being good…

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Abusive Bosses Experience Short-Lived Benefits

Monday, October 2, 2017
Russell Johnson

Being a jerk to your employees may actually improve your well-being, but only for a short while, suggests new research on abusive bosses co-authored by a Michigan State…

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Rude Customers Linked to Workers’ Shopping Binges

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Russell Johnson

Service workers who face verbal abuse from customers during the workday are more likely to go on unnecessary shopping sprees in the evening, indicates new research co-authored by…

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Helping Coworkers in the Morning Can Lead to Afternoon Selfishness

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Russell Johnson

If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to…

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Charisma-Challenged? You Can Still Be a Good Boss

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Brent Scott and Russell Johnson

You don’t need the charisma of Steve Jobs to be an effective boss, indicates new research led by Michigan State University business scholars. In a series of five…

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How Incivility Spreads in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Russell Johnson

Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar shows how this…

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Helping Co-Workers Can Wear You Out

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Russell Johnson

Helping your co-workers too often can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion and hurt your job performance, a new study suggests. Reporting in the Journal of Applied Psychology,…

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Managers’ Ethical Conduct May Backlash on Workers

Friday, February 12, 2016
Russell Johnson

Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what’s right, as opposed to what’s profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research…

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Workplace Negativity Can Hurt Productivity

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. Such negative-minded workers are more likely to…

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