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Podcast: How to Avoid Five Common Career Pitfalls

Plus, a study shows an upside for companies that hire ex-offenders.

Organizations

Sitting Near a High-Performer Can Make You Better at Your Job

“Spillover” from certain coworkers can boost our productivity—or jeopardize our employment.

Social media echo chambers form surprisingly fast.
Organizations

The Surprising Speed with Which We Become Polarized Online

Users isolate themselves in social media echo chambers, even when they start out looking at a variety of posts.

Healthcare

What Happens to Patient Care When There Are Not Enough Nurses?

The impact can be significant, especially in nursing homes.

Leadership

Take 5: How Leaders Can Stamp Out Bad Behavior and Create a Culture of Integrity

Practical tips to reign in an unethical boss and encourage employees to do the right thing.

Organizations

The Psychology Behind Fake News

Cognitive biases help explain our polarized media climate.

Leadership

Are Your Employees Putting the Company’s Interests First?

A new tool measures a firm’s “stewardship climate.”

Organizations

Should You Hire Someone with a Criminal Record?

Companies that give ex-offenders a fresh start may be rewarded with employees who stick around.

Using the psychology of persuasion to sell a new idea.
Innovation

Four Tips to Persuade Others Your Idea Is a Winner

Want to shake up the status quo? Use psychology to your advantage.

Countering the effects of launching a startup in a recession.
Organizations

Businesses Born in a Recession Tend to Start Smaller and Stay Smaller

Yet there are ways business owners can counter these long-term effects.

Leadership

Three Ways Leaders Can Solve the “People Problems” That Hold Teams Back

Sometimes the conference room should be a boxing ring, other times a campfire.

An employee is motivated by a performance incentive.
Careers

Do Performance Incentives Make Us Greedy?

How we are rewarded shifts our values in surprising ways.

Organizations

Video: When Expectations Clash, Is the Problem Cultural?

You’ll do well to understand where others are coming from.

A boss decides which leadership style to use.
Leadership

How to Be a Good Boss: Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Research explores the pros and cons of two distinct leadership styles.

What Does It Take to Foster a “Culture of Responsibility” like the U.S. Army’s?

An inside look at why soldiers line up to take the blame.

Strategy

Video: Let Virtue Build Your Bottom Line

Trustworthiness pays off, especially in the midst of uncertainty.

Careers

4 Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

You have more power than you think—here’s how to harness it.

A businessman with unethical amnesia stomps through a city.

We Remember Our Coworkers’ Misdeeds, but What about Our Own?

“Unethical amnesia” helps preserve our positive self-image.

Organizations

Video: How We Signal Trust in the Workplace

From innovating Oreos to scaling Everest, communicating trust can build your business.

Why Do You See the World as More Fair Than I Do?

The amount of racism or classism you perceive likely depends on how much you favor social hierarchies.