In the world of work, there are not many constructs that are as widely acknowledged yet largely misunderstood as the notion of job performance. It is such a large and ambiguous concept that most of us, managers, employees, and specialists alike, have our own unique definitions of what it is and what it looks like. [...]
Teams are the backbone of most organizations – almost everyone who has been employed has been a member of a team at one time or another. This article seeks to explore the conditions that are necessary for effective team performance. Teams have a few things in common: they have clear boundaries on membership (you’re [...]
By: Nathan Iverson, Amy Blackshire, and Robert Bullock Virtual teams may be defined as teams composed of members who combine their efforts to achieve a common goal by working over time and distance using technology or electronic communication (Bell & Kozlowski, 2002). The following recommendations for constructing and maintaining effective virtual teams are based from empirical [...]
Learning is embedded, either formally or informally, in almost every aspect of our lives. Much of what we learn each day is acquired with little or no conscious effort. For example, we learn about current events by watching the news, or learn about other people by listening to their stories. Now shift into action learning [...]
What is Servant Leadership? Servant leadership is defined as a leadership style (many would call it a leadership philosophy) that emphasizes the leader’s responsibility to the success of the organization as well as his or her moral responsibility to subordinates, customers, and other stakeholders. Although it may seem like a new leadership style is being introduced [...]
What do executive coaching, employee development, and 360 feedback have in common? They all work to encourage change. And the techniques that support processes like the ones above are most effective when they are based on established theories of behavioral change. The purpose of this blog is to present Prochaska’s widely accepted model of change and to [...]
Adult learning is a science, and an important one at that. Almost every employee is provided training, and effective organizations regularly provide opportunities for formal training. Most organizations hire training and development professionals to design and provide such opportunities, and when we work with organizations in this capacity we are guided by principles based on [...]
With decades of research, the merits of job satisfaction are fairly clear, but what about happiness? Do happy employees perform better than their morose counterparts? If so how can you encourage and promote well-being in the workplace? This blog seeks to answer both questions.
In the previous blog, we reviewed consequences of on-the-job (OTJ) stress and defined the various categories of stress management interventions (SMIs) aimed at dealing with stress. In this blog, we will review research findings on the effectiveness of specific SMIs and describe best practices.
On-the-job (OTJ) stress has become an increasing concern for organizations worldwide. Largely due to the global recession, where reduced profits and spending have led to massive layoffs across many industries, companies are often having to scale back their workforces while adding duties and tasks to the remaining employees.