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Flourishing via Workplace Relationships: Moving Beyond Instrumental Support

Flourishing via Workplace Relationships: Moving Beyond Instrumental Support

Definitions: Taxonomy of relationship functions: These are identified functions that give an understanding of how relationships gives rise to outcomes like meaningfulness, positive emotions, and life satisfaction, which are indicative of employee flourishing. The functions are important in today’s workplace. The taxonomy of relationship functions includes: task assistance, career advancement, emotional support, as well as growth, friendship, and the opportunity to give to others. Who conducted the study? Amy E. Colbert (University of Iowa), Joyce E. Bono (University of Florida),…

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Impacts of Different Employee Relationships on Employee Well-Being

Impacts of Different Employee Relationships on Employee Well-Being

This study looked to see if employee relationship quality (ERQ) influences employee well-being (EWB) and how it does if so. Who conducted the study?  Hong Chen, Jia Wei, Ke Wang, and Yi Peng
 of the School of Management, CUMT, Xuzhou, China What did they find?  The quality of employee-superior, -subordinate, -coworker, -family, and –friend relationships can be evaluated by the stability, support, and trust in the relationship. The quality of employee-organization relationships can be evaluated by organizational support, supportive behavior…

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The Slippery Slope

The Slippery Slope

Who conducted the study? David T. Welsh (University of Washington) Lisa D. Ordóñez (University of Arizona)   What did they find? Individuals who continuously make small unethical decisions over time leads them to making larger unethical decisions that they would have then thought was impermissible. In study 1, results showed a positive correlation in the gradual-change condition and over-reporting. Those who cheated in the one round were likely to cheat in the later rounds. There also was a negative correlation…

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Moral Disengagement in Ethical Decision Making

Moral Disengagement in Ethical Decision Making

Why do people make unethical decisions? Moral disengagement affects individuals internally, others, and events. There isn’t much research that examines how individual differences promotes and prevents moral disengagement. The researchers in this study wanted to investigate individual differences and psychological mechanisms that underlie ethical decision-making. They looked mainly at moral disengagement and at how individual differences and unethical decision-making influences it. Terms used: Moral disengagement (Bandura, 1986): A set of cognitive workings that prevent moral self-regulatory processes from working, leading…

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Workplace duties or opportunities? Challenge stressors, regulatory focus, and creativity

Workplace duties or opportunities? Challenge stressors, regulatory focus, and creativity

Motivation to achieve gains in the workplace is  beneficial for creativity when faced with challenge stressors. The “Workplace duties or opportunities? Challenge stressors, regulatory focus, and creativity” article examined when workplace demands and their appraisal either impair or lead to creativity.   Terms used… Creativity: generation of of new and useful ideas (Amabile, 1988, 1996). Regulatory focus theory (Higgins, 1997): Looks at the relationship between motivation and the nature one takes to achieve a goal. There are two types: promotion…

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Work-Life Balance and Well-Being: The Importance of Individualism and Gender Egalitarianism

Work-Life Balance and Well-Being: The Importance of Individualism and Gender Egalitarianism

Is work-life balance important for well-being, regardless of culture. Recent research suggests that the positive impact of having balanced work and life demands may depend on cultural values. Who conducted the study? An article looking at work-life balance (WLB), a person’s assessment of how well they balance his or her different life roles, was studied by the researchers Jarrod M. Haar, Marcello Russo, Albert Suñe , and Ariane Ollier-Malaterre. They wanted to see how WLB affected individual outcomes including job…

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The Buffering Effect of Coping Humor on Traumatic Stressors in Firefighters

The Buffering Effect of Coping Humor on Traumatic Stressors in Firefighters

The purpose of this study was to see how traumatic workplace stressors of firefighters impact their cognitive, affective and behavioral outcomes. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), burnout, and absenteeism were the specific outcomes investigated. The researchers sought to determine if humor is an effective coping mechanism. PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event and includes cognitive and behavioral outcomes such as the re-experiencing of the trauma, avoidance, and anxiety. Burnout involves a state of…

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