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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor started writing the UnderCover Waitress blog in 2011 and joined the PayScale blogging team in 2013. Her main areas of focus are on employee and labor laws as well as the psychology behind behavior at work. She is currently a graduate student in Clinical Psychology looking forward to graduation in 2015.

Website: www.undercoverwaitress.com

Most Recent Posts by Beth Taylor
  • Beyond Good Luck: A Sense of Control Increases Motivation, Productivity, and Achievement

    As long as workers can attribute their wins to luck, they don't have to feel bad about their losses. Of course, the downside to that is that they also don't get to take credit for their success. If you want to motivate your team to take responsibility, learn from their mistakes, and excel in their work, you might consider applying attribution theory.
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  • Waitresses Are the Most Sexually Harassed Occupation

    The restaurant industry has a unique business model. Rather than business owners budgeting to pay employees, restaurant owners depend upon customers "voluntarily" giving waitresses and waiters tips in return for "good service." That pay structure can lead to a dangerously imbalanced power dynamic between customer and waiter. No wonder, then, that a recent report from Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that two-thirds of female employees in the food service industry have been sexually harassed. In fact, 37 percent of Employment Opportunity Commission harassment claims come from women in the restaurant business.
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  • Work Friendships Are Not Necessarily Real Friendships

    Work friendships are good to have, but they are different from and do not take the place of real friendships. Recognize the difference between the two and enjoy the benefits of each, but avoid making the mistake of relying on work friends for real, personal companionship and confidence.
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  • Managers: Increase Productivity By Giving Your Reports What They Want

    Looking for ways to motivate employees? Look no further; the tenets of Expectancy Theory will guide you to pay attention to what your workers want and reward them in ways they appreciate. Different workers may want different things, but all workers will become more productive when they know the reward will be something they value. It's not always a raise, either. Sometimes, it's just a pat on the back.
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  • The Power of Introverts and the Benefits and Pitfalls of Group Work

    You've likely heard these adages before: "Many hands make light work." "Two heads are better than one." "The more, the merrier." There is truth in all of these sayings, but there are other, paradoxical truths as well. Extroverts may look forward to group meetings and talking about their progress on the group's project. However, all of this togetherness may be holding the introverts in the workplace back. The most productive office allows people the flexibility and autonomy individuals need to get their work done, and done well.
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  • Use This Psych Experiment to Motivate Your Team

    Want to motivate your workers? Let them know they're being watched. This is less creepy than it sounds on the surface: social psychologists have observed that people work harder when they know that their colleagues are paying attention. It's less about being Big Brother, and more about being part of a community. In other words, if you're a manager, simply being engaged with your employees can make a big difference to their productivity.
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  • How to Motivate Your Team With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

    The science of psychology is full of theories about motivation and productivity that are relevant in the workforce today. You can use this knowledge to motivate your team, to increase their productivity, and to have a happy, energetic, and dedicated workforce. Incorporating Maslow's hierarchy of needs is one great way to increase employee motivation.
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  • At Work, It's Better to be a Father Than a Mother

    While working mothers struggle with decreased pay and lack of status in a workplace that sees them as unreliable, working fathers enjoy improved status, pay, and benefits that help a growing family survive.
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  • How to Deal When You Don't Like Your Co-Workers

    In a perfect world, we would want to be friends with all our co-workers. The world, however, is not perfect, and many employees are stuck negotiating relationships with colleagues they'd never choose to have in their lives, if it were up to them. Knowing how to assert your boundaries without alienating everybody can help you keep things professional.
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  • You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur

    If you watch Shark Tank, the reality show in which would-be moguls pitch their ideas to celebrity businesspeople, you've probably heard Mark Cuban say the following to at least one business owner: "You are not an entrepreneur, you're a wantrepreneur." That might sound bad --"wantrepreneur" sounds a lot like "wannabe" -- but it's not that cut and dried. There are creative people who would not make great entrepreneurs, but who have great ideas and much to contribute beyond being a cog in somebody else's machinery.
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