Research

When the Managers Dash for the Exits

Some new research on how manager departures impact the performance of young firms. Long story short: manager turnover leads to a “…substantial decline in the assets of founder-managed firms and a significant increase in bankruptcy risks of non-founder-managed firms.” …manager…


When Training Backfires

When we face a major problem like sexual harassment, there’s often pressure within the organization to “do something”–anything, really–and to do it quickly. Often, this “something” takes the form of a hastily-prepared training program. …a number of studies have documented…


Workplace Violence

Who is most at risk for being injured in an act of workplace violence? Police officers? EMTs? Firefighters? Nope. It’s nurses. …healthcare accounts for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined.OSHA Read Preventing Workplace Violence in…


Are Psychopathic Leaders Effective or Harmful?

Jacqueline Marhefka over at I/O at Work published a plain-English summary of Shall We Serve the Dark Lords? A Meta-Analytic Review of Psychopathy and Leadership from the Journal of Applied Psychology. The implicative segment of this paper’s title–Shall We Serve…


Bullying Bosses Compromise Worker Bonds & Create Safety Risks

Bullying bosses are not only bad for employee morale, but they may also compromise employee judgment when it comes to workplace safety, according to research from Portland State University (PSU).Valerie Bolden-Barrett, HR Dive Read Study: Bullying Bosses Compromise Worker Bonds,…


Research Roundup: Active Commuting

People who engaged in active commuting had a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease incidence and diabetes.Dinu, Pagliai, Macchi & Sofi …results suggest that the happy commuters are more productive, and the short-distance and active travel commuters are…


Workplace Incivility & Turnover

When we think about civility or manners, we might imagine fussy rules about napkins and forks. In reality, civility is an expression of respect for other people. When that respect is lacking, it hurts. Employees who are treated uncivilly become…


Workplace Incivility

We tend to attribute turnover to the big stuff. As this research demonstrates, however, the little stuff has a way of piling up on workers. We should sweat it. Over the past eight years, as we have learned about this…


Combat Exposure & Mental Health

There are few workplaces more intense than the battlefield, so we shouldn’t be surprised that combat veterans experience higher levels of depression and anxiety than civilians. What is surprising, however, is the shape of the trajectory: Among combat-exposed male veterans,…


A Call to Retraction

When a paper has been retracted, we should probably stop citing it approvingly. Just a thought. Using data from over 3,000 retracted articles and over 74,000 citations to these articles, we find that at least 31.2% of the citations to…