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Research Briefing - Being adaptable at work  – its all about job satisfaction, performance and this...
Research Briefing - Being adaptable at work – its all about job satisfaction, performance and this...
Adaptability is the ability of an individual, team or organisation to adjust or change itself to best meet the needs of the situation or environment...
Blind rage – how anger slows thinking in the brain
Blind rage – how anger slows thinking in the brain
Research just published in the Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience by a team of scientists from the University of Sussex, Maastricht University, Campus de la Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitari Quirón Dexeus, Barcelona, the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Leiden University and Ohio State University has shown that while people who are angry are often quick to respond to situations they actually slow down their thinking and their ability to respond physically also slows.
Can you really teach empathy?
Can you really teach empathy?
Is empathy just part of our personality or can it be taught / learned? Many organisations have empathy as part of their values or competencies with little consideration about whether it can be developed and if it can, how to develop it.
Reduction of coaching effectiveness
Reduction of coaching effectiveness
A new study just published by a team of Canadian scientists looked at the effectiveness of coaching in a series of different conditions.
Does a positive outlook really make a difference to our success?
Does a positive outlook really make a difference to our success?
Do you have a more positive orientation to life or do things get you down easily? And how quickly do you bounce back? Do you believe that being more positive means you are more likely to achieve your goals? Some fascinating new research has been looking at these questions and in particular if having a positive mind-set makes a difference to whether entrepreneurs are successful or not.
Does gratitude have a place to play in resilience?
Does gratitude have a place to play in resilience?
An interesting study just published in the journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, looked at recovery rates of people traumatised following campus shootings in the US and Norway and what helped the most.
Does your personality make you more likely to be satisfied with your job?
Does your personality make you more likely to be satisfied with your job?
An interesting study just published by researchers from three universities in the US looked at whether personality is a good predictor of job satisfaction. Additionally, previous research has found that low levels of job satisfaction leads to four main categories of issues for organisations.
Entrepreneurship training gives organisations a competitive edge
Entrepreneurship training gives organisations a competitive edge
In order to get marginal gains in a sector that isn’t enjoying the good times, organisations need to find that edge to get ahead.
How emotional intelligence and emotional resilience breed adaptability, better performance and greater job satisfaction
How emotional intelligence and emotional resilience breed adaptability, better performance and greater job satisfaction
Frontline employees have to bring a range of human facets to improve and foster customer relationships within any organisation. Research published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services shows that emotional intelligence is a key strength to be looked for in new employees, and where possible trained as part of their induction packages.
How to increase meaningfulness at work
How to increase meaningfulness at work
Kathryn Thory, a researcher at the Department of Strategy and Organisation of the University of Strathclyde, has just published a paper looking at whether developing a greater level of emotional intelligence can help people derive more meaning at and from their work.
Is there any difference between people’s perceptions of burnout and depression?
Is there any difference between people’s perceptions of burnout and depression?
Scholars in France have looked at the differences in perception of the medically recognised illness of depression and the publicly recognised concept of ‘burnout’. They surveyed just over 1000 people to understand what their perceptions and attitudes are to the two different concepts.
Links found between emotional intelligence and creativity, however....
Links found between emotional intelligence and creativity, however....
A new study just published in the journal Business Perspectives and Research looked at whether there is a link between employees’ creativity at work and their general level of emotional intelligence.
Making professional judgements - confidently
Making professional judgements - confidently
Research just published in the British Journal of Social Work has been looking into the development of confidence of people making professional judgements. Confidence has an important role in the making of judgements and decisions in our professional lives.
Are peoples’ responses to uncertainty (anxiety and avoidance) learnt or an inherent property of being a human being? Why it matters to organisations.
Are peoples’ responses to uncertainty (anxiety and avoidance) learnt or an inherent property of being a human being? Why it matters to organisations.
My main area of academic research and writing is around how people and organisations respond to uncertainty and ambiguity. The ‘is it nature (genetic) or nurture (do we learn our responses to uncertainty)?’ conundrum has always been one of those questions I pose to students.
Sex difference in perceived emotional responses
Sex difference in perceived emotional responses
A new study looking at views of perceived emotional responses to anger and sadness stimuli found that people from the West expect different emotional responses from men and women, but this does not impact their perceptions of the individual’s overall judgement.
Teaching resilience in high pressure courses
Teaching resilience in high pressure courses
A newly published pilot study has shown that among nursing students, teaching them resilience techniques reduces the dropout rate both professionally and on their courses and enables them to focus better on their studies.
The best staff have emotional intelligence
The best staff have emotional intelligence
A new piece of research has found that those employees with greater emotional intelligence tend to be better employees. Looking at 262 low level staff in the retail and wholesale sectors the study concluded that those who have greater emotional intelligence also have better organisationally directed citizenship behaviours.
The connection between emotional intelligence and organisational commitment
The connection between emotional intelligence and organisational commitment
An interesting study from the University of Jammu in India looked at the connections between emotional intelligence, psychological well-being, work-life balance and organisational commitment. What the research was particularly interested in was what factors promote high levels of organisational commitment, even in low paid employment situations.
The cost of supressing emotions at work
The cost of supressing emotions at work
An interesting paper just published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looks at the effects of suppressing your real emotions and displaying a different emotion.
The 2 factors which predict burnout and your personality isn’t one of them
The 2 factors which predict burnout and your personality isn’t one of them
A series of new research studies looking at what can predict burnout in staff have just been published and they all point to just two things that can predict whether you will experience burnout or not.
Using Critical thinking cards as part of training
Using Critical thinking cards as part of training
Many professions use a mixture of practical hands-on skills learning with more academically based theoretical learning and teaching approaches. The problem with this approach is that students frequently have difficulty joining the practice with the theoretical. Researchers from Wright State University in Ohio looked at using critical thinking cards in an attempt to bridge this gap.
What agile coaches do...
What agile coaches do...
In effect coaches that use a system for analysing their coachee’s position through four or more models of psychological enquiry show much greater agility and ability to meet the needs of their client than those that don’t.
What the emotions that arise from workplace incivility and disrespect actually do
What the emotions that arise from workplace incivility and disrespect actually do
A new study about to be published in the International Journal of Stress Management looked at how people’s emotional response to disrespect and incivility in the workplace interacts with the individual’s organisational commitment or sense of connection that an individual has with the organisation and the effect it has on their ability to work.
What is good evidence-based coaching?
What is good evidence-based coaching?
In the world we live in, it is easy to understand the concept that ‘truth is in the eye of the beholder’. In a ‘post truth’ political climate where ‘fake news’ wins elections, it sometimes helps to go back to basics to assess what counts as good evidence and what counts as poor evidence. However, coaching isn’t a hard science. So what is it that counts as good evidence for evidence-based coaching?
Why optimism is so important at work
Why optimism is so important at work
In a paper just published the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, researchers from Norway report on a 4-year longitudinal study looking at the impact of a series of factors including optimism on depression and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Why people collect and horde useless information – the basis for information overload
Why people collect and horde useless information – the basis for information overload
New research in the journal PLOS Computational Biology has shown that people will buy information even if they know that that information has no return on their investment. This runs contrary to the assumption that we only seek information that will genera te tangible returns.
Why professionals agree to things that go against their professional beliefs
Why professionals agree to things that go against their professional beliefs
A really interesting paper that is due to be published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management questions why professionals agree to things that go against their professional beliefs.
Why some people are negative about new situations
Why some people are negative about new situations
Some people seem to have a natural tendency to interpret new situations negatively. Known as negative interpretation bias or just an interpretation bias, scientists have found in the past that this is due to 2 reasons.
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