Have an Upcoming Job Interview or Otherwise Stressful Event? The Key to Your Success May Be Found in a One Minute Exercise


If you are feeling particularly vulnerable at work due to a daunting presentation or otherwise difficult task, you may want to follow the advice of researcher Amy Cuddy and colleagues and embrace power posing. Power posing refers to maintaining a posture that connotes strength and power, with body language signifying openness and confidence. To emulate a high power posture, stand with wide open limbs, leaning into a desk, palms flat, making your body expansive. In a seated version of a power posture, try kicking your feet up on top of a desk [Read more...]

Could recrafting your job description detoxify your work relationships?


Have you ever worked with people who have an uncanny ability to quickly form deep and lasting bonds with the people they work with? To the rest of us it seems like some sort of magic. What’s their trick? Cookies? Compliments? Christmas Cards? Most people, at least sometimes, have to struggle with work relationships that are tainted with mistrust, undermining, and exclusionary behavior. Bad relationships not only hurt, they waste time and resources and while distracting us from doing our best work and advancing our careers. So what do we do [Read more...]

Power to the Powerful: Taking Action


So, you have spotted an instance of Power to the Powerful. What should you do about it? Can you do anything about it? Leadership Actions If you are responsible for the system that is generating the inequities, then the answer is “yes.” Recall the example from the last post , the staffing manager could develop ways that weaken the self-fulfilling forces of power and perception. You can, for example, avoid rushing to judge a new employee’s fit with the company. The Power to the Powerful dynamic underscores the importance of careful [Read more...]

How can I build trusting relationships with my employees?


Trust within organizations is more complex that trust between two persons in interpersonal relationships. Your employees’ trust in you has three dimensions (see Galford & Drapeau (2003) for a review): (1) strategic trust, (2) personal trust, and (3) organizational trust. The first one refers to your employees’ trust in your technical and strategic competencies. The second one is about the employees’ trust in your personal features related to shaping and handling your relationships, and the last one pertains to the employees trust in the [Read more...]

Burnout: Is it Inevitable?


It is of no surprise that when the demands we feel at work are not met with the necessary resources to accomplish our tasks, we feel anxious, stressed, and are more likely to reach burnout. The impact of job demands on levels of burnout are powerful, and in these cases it’s important that we know where to turn in an attempt to buffer these effects. Fortunately, according to the buffer hypothesis, the negative effects of high job demands on well-being can be moderated by a variety of resources, one of them being social support and high-quality [Read more...]

Millennial recruitment: What do potential hires want on social media and what should companies focus on?


As technology advances, it is no longer necessary to look through newspaper ads and job boards in coffee shops for job listings. Job seekers, instead, turn to various social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and Twitter, for opportunities. They may just be one-easy-click away from applying to possibly the best job on earth. So how does this actually work? Where do potential hires look? Since fresh college graduates encompass the majority of the population seeking job openings, let’s explore how potential hires, especially young and [Read more...]

Your Most Effective Mentor May Be the Least Like You (From the Outside)


Take a second to think about an effective mentoring relationship. This can be something you have seen in a movie, or one you have taken part in yourself. Perhaps it was a formal mentoring program through school or work, or even an informal relationship with a coworker. What pops into your head when you think of mentor and protégé similarity? For many, it is age, race, or gender. Surely, these characteristics are responsible for objective similarity, and influence perceived similarity, right? Actually, research has proven that these [Read more...]

How Do You Give Feedback To Those Who Don’t Think They Need It?


He just didn’t get it. Despite talking about his passion for his work, his incompetence and constant self-aggrandizement began to disrupt the workplace. Despite gradually being stripped of his responsibilities, after every performance review, he would exclaim, “doesn’t (our boss) get how essential I am to this place? If it weren’t for me, nothing would get done!” In fact, the opposite was true. His absence was marked by high productivity and enhanced morale. Most of us have had experience with this type of employee: they deliver poor [Read more...]

How to build your personal strength


  Have you ever wondered how some people manage to easily accomplish everything on their to-do list when you find yourself overwhelmed by your own? With all of the everyday stressors that come our way, it’s a wonder to think about how some people manage it all gracefully. Are they faking it? Are they tuned into something I’m not? Is there something fundamentally different about how we see the world? In fact, there are real differences between how people experience stress. A recent study by Jennifer Lerner, Gary Sherman, Amy Cuddy, [Read more...]

Managing the “Unmanageable” Millennial

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Employers and human resources professionals have recently turned their attention towards the pressing issue around attracting, engaging, and retaining the ever-growing Millennial workforce. It is apparent that these issues are not going away anytime soon because demographic data indicates that Millennials are currently on track to account for over half of the U.S. workforce in the upcoming years. And because of this, managers have expressed difficulties managing their young employees, with some considering Millennials to be “unmanageable.”[1] [Read more...]