Posts Tagged "organizational psychology"

Increase the meaningfulness of your work by considering how it helps others

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

When we find our work meaningful and worthwhile, we are more likely to enjoy it, to be more productive, and feel committed to our employers and satisfied with our jobs. For obvious reasons, then, work psychologists have been trying to find out what factors contribute to people finding more meaning in their work.


Top of the list is what they call “task significance”, which in plain English means believing that the work you do is of benefit to others. However, to date, most of the evidence for the importance of task significance has been correlational – workers who see how their work is beneficial to others are more likely to find it meaningful, but that doesn’t mean that task significance is causing the feelings of meaningfulness.


Now Blake Allan at Purdue University has provided some of the first longitudinal evidence that seeing our work as benefiting others really does lead to an increase in our finding it meaningful. “These results are important both for the wellbeing of individual workers and as a potential avenue to increase productivity,” he concludes in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour.

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You will be happier and more productive in your work if you find it meaningful. 

Report: Only 7% Of Workers Feel Productive During Regular Work Hours

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

More of us are now awakening to the fact that workplaces are not quite the places of productivity that we hoped them to be. But that they are actually rife with distraction. Not to mention the painful hours of commuting tacked onto long days at the office.


All this can be avoided with a flexible work arrangement, and that’s an option that many are seeking nowadays.


According to a recent FlexJobs survey on remote work, 66% of professionals believed that they would be more productive if they worked remotely – instead of at a traditional office. The reasons cited in favor of remote work? 76% wanted “fewer interruptions from colleagues and fewer distractions,” 70% sought to “reduce stress from commuting,” and 69% preferred to avoid “office politics.”

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Some morning larks can churn out quality work in the early AMs, while others are the most energetic and creative during the unholy hours after midnight.

This Is The Link Between Employee Motivation And Their Manager’s Mental State

Posted on August 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

To effectively lead and motivate employees, you don’t need charisma and a grand vision. Research from Michigan State University (MSU) found that being a successful boss was more about mind over matter.


The study, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, found that a leader’s focus, or mind-set, affects his or her own behavior, which in turn affects employees’ motivation. And the good news is that your mind-set can be changed to produce certain outcomes from workers, from creativity to loss prevention.


“Effective leadership may be based in part on a leader’s ability to recognize when a particular mental state is needed in their employees and to adapt their own mental state and their behaviors to elicit that mind-set,” says Brent Scott, MSU professor of management and study coauthor. “Part of the story here is that you don’t have to be Steve Jobs to be an effective leader. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing.”


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Effective leaders don’t have to be charismatic, but a certain mind-set is required.