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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Your Workplace Psychologically Healthy? These 5 Questions Help Clarify
    Psychologically healthy workplaces don't need to be perfect -- just functional. You may enjoy a great supervisor but put up with toxic co-workers, or you may have a great place to work but a boring job. The following questions will help you clarify what works and what needs improvement in your work life.
  • When to Quit a Job You Love

    Last week, we talked about how to tell when your body is telling you you need to quit your job. Sometimes, however, you might feel great about your job -- or at least, like it just fine -- but still need to quit for various reasons. It's not always obvious; learn to spot subtle signs and the writing on the wall.

  • When Your Gut Says, 'It's Time to Quit'

    Quitting a job isn't something we do on a lark. Financial considerations, career concerns, and a dearth of available alternatives keep many people at their current place of work even when they might prefer to be elsewhere. However, paying attention to sometimes subtle signs that you are done here may help you plan for a better future and save your sanity. Listen to your gut.

  • A Brief History of Women's Fight for Equal Pay
    As long ago as 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband to "remember the ladies" while drafting the Constitution. John Adams was not easily swayed, asserting that men "know better than to repeal our masculine systems." Women have been fighting for the right to be treated as equals ever since, including the right to be paid the same as men for similar work. The following is a brief history of attempts to ensure equal pay for women in modern times.
  • How to be a Happy and Successful Entrepreneur

    Starting your own company can be one of the most terrifying things you will ever do. The buck will always stop with you, and with that freedom comes incredible stress. The strain may cause havoc with your health. A vital part of being a successful entrepreneur is to have the right mindset.

  • How to Develop a Good Leadership Mindset

    A huge part of being an effective leader is having the right mindset. Good leaders don't think they are better than everybody else; rather, they recognize that each and every one of us has our own skills and weaknesses. A good leader wants to encourage workers to use their skills and to improve on their weaknesses. But it's more complicated than just that.

  • Protect Yourself From Bullies at Work
    Bullies aren't just a grade-school phenomenon; you'll find bullies and bullying behavior in offices and workplaces, long after you've reached adulthood. If you are stuck working with a bully, there are ways to mitigate the damage and protect yourself.
  • What to Look for in an Internship (and 3 Red Flags)
    One argument in the growing debate about whether interns should be paid is that too many companies benefit from the free labor of interns. This goes against the grain of what an internship experience was originally designed to be: an important part of the intern's education. One way to address this is to examine the quality of the internship. Here is what to look for and what to avoid.
  • 3 Signs That You're Getting Fired
    Sometimes, you can just feel the tension in the air. Something is wrong, you don't know what, but it is making everybody uncomfortable. Then you get fired, and feel blindsided. Often, the signs that you were about to be let go were there all along.
  • 5 Things That Make a Psychologically Healthy Workplace
    If you have ever torn your hair out wondering if you are going crazy at work, it is just possible that you're OK, and the workplace is to blame. The American Psychological Association recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are most likely to increase your motivation, your confidence, and your job performance. There are five general areas in which employers may pass or fail the psychologically healthy workplace "test."
  • How to Bring Positivity to the Workplace
    Positive psychology is the study of types of behavior that seem to create a positive atmosphere. When you create a positive atmosphere at work, you feel better and are more productive. Here is how and why.
  • How to Survive an Overly Critical Boss
    Lots of criticism and no compliments can knock the wind out of your sails. When criticism feels unfair, it is even more demoralizing. Knowing how to discuss your boss's criticisms may be the difference between an angry blow-out and an improved working relationship.
  • Kindness Gets You Far in the Workplace
    Ellen DeGeneres appeals to a simple truth when she says, "Always be kind to one another." She doesn't say "at home," she doesn't say, "just when you are at school," and she doesn't say "except when you are at work." It turns out that science is in agreement with Ms. DeGeneres.