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Being a Jerk At Work Doesn’t Pay Off For Long

October 24, 2017 Bosses who are jerks to their employees may improve their well-being, but only for a little while, new research suggests. Bullying and belittling employees starts to take its toll on a supervisor’s mental state after about a week, according to the study in the Academy of Management Journal. “The moral...

Helping Needy Coworkers Can Be Exhausting

August 30, 2017 Helping your coworkers too often can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion and may even hurt your job performance, a new study suggests. These depletion effects are especially strong for employees with high “pro-social motivation”—those who care deeply about the welfare of others. While previous research on helping has focused...

A Bad Boss Can Make the Whole Team Mean

August 13, 2017 Bosses who are abusive to one employee can actually cause conflict among the whole team, which hurts productivity, according to new research. The study is one of the first attempts to examine the effect of bad bosses in employee teams. Teams are increasingly popular in the business world. Lead investigator...

How To Talk To Yourself To Control Emotions

August 5, 2017 During stressful times, talking to yourself in the third person—silently—could help you control your emotions. This method doesn’t take any more mental effort, say researchers, than talking to yourself in the first person, which is how people normally talk to themselves. The study in Scientific Reports indicates that such third-person...