Network Research Highlights

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Network Research Highlights

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    Network Research Highlight: Measuring Hospitality

    Work Science Center Network Member, Kostadin Kushlev, and a team of co-researchers noticed something strange in psychological literature: where were the studies on hospitality? As they combed through indices of flourishing, instruments for well-being, they found staggeringly little attention paid to this universal and cross-cutting phenomenon. Despite the fact that all people across time, every culture, and every demographic has practiced hospitality, only scraps of research emerged. Even more, they found few tools to investigate hospitality. 

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    Network Research Highlight: Batch Your Smartphone Notifications

    Ever been working only to hear an enticing little “ping!” accompanied by a bright light? If so, you’re likely one of the 90% of people ages 18-49 who own a phone. Psychologists and organizations alike have wondered how these ever-present interruptions affect workers. 

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    Eldercare and Workers

    Research Hole: Workers Caring for Elders

    Work Science Center Network Member Boris Baltes teamed up with four other researches to put out a plea: help fill the knowledge gap about workers caring for elders. These five scientists dedicated a year to soliciting original research about employees providing eldercare. As a result, they received thirteen papers, six of which they featured in a special issue of the Journal of Business and Psychology. 

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    Network Research Highlight: Outcomes of Negative Age Stereotypes

    WSC Network Member, Lisa Finkelstein, led a team of researchers, including fellow WSC Network Member, Hannes Zacher, in a study of how age meta-stereotypes might lead to outcomes like conflict, avoidance, or work engagement.Taken together these results offer an interesting narrative about individuals’ perceptions of others’ stereotypes. Specifically, individuals who feel as though others hold a negative view of their age group that is similar to stereotypical older workers, they view that as a challenge and are more likely to engage in conflict, avoid interacting with others, but also to feel more engaged at work. Workers who feel as if others view their age group in a way that is similar to the negative stereotypes of younger workers, are more likely to view this as a threat and are thus also more likely to engage in conflict and avoid interactions with others, but do not see the positive boost in work engagement.

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    Supervisors Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Jobs

    Transitioning from active military duty to civilian jobs can be particularly challenging, but relatively little empirical work has been done to explore this period. A recent paper examines how supportive behaviors from a supervisor can help in this transition, particularly with regard to the work-life challenges that arise.

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    WSC Network Research Highlight: Encouraging Whistleblowing

    Darell Burell, and a team of researchers recently published a paper investigating factors impacting whistleblowing in police departments. Results from a series of focus groups consisting of a combination of current and former African-American police officers focused on ethical experiences on the force and provide nine main propositions for encouraging ethical climates in police departments.

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    WSC Network Research Highlight: The Social Price of Smartphones

    Smartphones have become pervasive. Work Science Center Network Member, Kostadin Kushlev, recently published a review on the social costs of smartphone usage. Smartphones are designed to capture our attention, and increased use has been shown to increase perceived distraction and negative mood while decreasing feelings of social connectedness, meaning, and enjoyment. Beyond the negative effects of being distracted by a smartphone during social situations, smartphones have begun to eliminate the need for many common social interactions, altogether.

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    WSC Network Research Highlight: Heavy Drinking with Clients

    Heavy drinking with clients is a common occurrence, but can be problematic, both for employees as well as their employer. A study recently published in Human Relations by a team of researchers including Work Science Center Network Member, Mo Wang, and led by Songqi Liu, examined what leads to new employees engaging in heavy drinking with clients (HDC) and what the potential work-related outcomes might be.

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    WSC Network Research Highlight: Job Insecurity and Satisfaction

    In the modern workforce, many workers worry about the security of their employment, and this may have negative outcomes for them and their organizations. A team of researchers led by Work Science Center Network Member, Mindy Shoss found that even for, and perhaps especially for, people who like their jobs, the threat of losing one’s job has negative consequences ranging from an intention to quit to increased stress.

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    WSC Network Research Highlight: Disclosing Disability Status

    Disabilities that are concealable can be particularly strenuous when deciding whether to disclose given the concern that others may question the truthfulness of the disclosure. Typically, if people can conceal their identities, they often do. Results of 28 in-depth interviews with individuals with disabilities suggest four factors that may lead to whether individuals disclosed their disability status.

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    Network Research Highlight: Respect Leads to Voice

    WSC Network Member Sharon K. Parker recently published a study that investigates some factors that influence why an employee may speak up or not. Parker and her collaborators looked at two factors that could influence voice, or change-oriented communication intended to advance an organization's interests. In particular, they studied the impact of received respect as a social factor that could encourage employees to heighten their voice at work

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    Network Research Highlight: Motivation, Exhaustion, and Behavior

    In a recent paper, WSC Network Member, Mo Wang, along with a team of researchers led by Jaclyn Koopmann studied the relationship between what typically motivates us and our behavior at work. Specifically, using a sample of Chinese nurses, the research team explored the effects of promotion/prevention focuses, emotional exhaustion, and reappraisal on helping behaviors and voice. 

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    Network Research Highlight: General or Specific Mental Abilities

    WSC Advisory Council Member, Margaret Beier, recently published a commentary on the nature of mental ability. Research has supported a hierarchical structure of intelligence such that there is one general mental ability, that is related to more specific cognitive abilities. Historically, the prevailing wisdom has been that general mental ability is good enough, and capturing specific cognitive abilities does not add much information in predicting work outcomes we care about. However, for as long as this has been the dominant opinion, there has been dissent, arguing that specific abilities are valuable and should be considered. Beier and colleagues review and comment upon the findings of a set of articles that tackle this debate from both an empirical and a theoretical perspective.

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    Network Research Highlight: The Future of the Psychology of Working

    Work Science Center advisory council member David Blustein recently published a paper detailing the Psychology of Working Framework (PWF) and its corresponding theory, Psychology of Working Theory (PWT). These intertwined concepts identify the fundamental needs that work fulfills for humans, such as economic survival, social connections, and self-determination (Blustein, Kenny, Di Fabio, & Guichard 2019). The authors suggest that with the rise of contract employees, the lingering effects of the worldwide great recession, and the exacerbation of inequality worldwide as contributors to the diminishing of decent work.

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    Network Research Highlight: Selecting Fairly

    A paper recently published by a team including WSC Advisory Council Member, Deborah Rupp, focuses on an increasingly popular tool that organizations are using to select individuals for hiring or promotion, assessment centers. Using data from 189 police officers who were participating in an assessment center for a promotion, Thornton and colleagues (2019) explored how the leniency and similar-to-me effects might appear in the real world.

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    Network Research Highlight: Work-Family Conflict is a Barrier for Women

    Work Science Center network member Mary F. Fox has focused much of her research on women in research and academia, particularly noting barriers to their advancement. Most recently, she published a reflection on Georgia Tech’s website detailing the insights present research has provided on the way work-family conflict (when work interferes with family) and family-work conflict (when family interferes with work) operate differently among men and women in various stages of their academic careers.

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    Network Research Highlight: Work is More Than a Paycheck

    WSC Advisory Council Member, David Blustein, is part of a team that recently published a paper in the Journal of Counseling Psychology that tackles what it means to have your needs satisfied by your work. If your job meets your survival needs you also tend to be more satisfied in your life, but not necessarily the job yourself. If the job meets your social connection needs, that you also tend to be more satisfied in both your life and your job. If the job meets your self-determination needs, you similarly are more satisfied in your job and our life, but the relationship between self-determination needs and job satisfaction is the strongest relationship found in the study.

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    Network Research Highlight: Cyber-Vetting May Be Limiting Talent Pools

    Work published by Jeske, Lippke, and WSC Network Member Kenneth Shultz, suggests that employers who require applicants to share their social media account information for cyber-vetting may be limiting their applicant pool on traits that are not necessarily relevant to job performance (e.g., preference for privacy). These results, in addition to the range of potential legal issues associated with cyber-vetting, suggest that organizations should proceed with caution and care when venturing into these murky waters.

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    Network Research Highlight: Creating Enriched Jobs

    WSC Network member Sharon Parker examines strategies people use when designing work roles, and how to make it more likely for people to create more enriched jobs.

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    Network Research Highlight: Vocational Interests and Fit

    Members of the Work Science Center Advisory Council, Tara Behrend and David Blustein, recently published a groundbreaking study, led by Alexander Glosenberg , in the Journal of Vocational Behavior exploring the fit between individuals’ vocational interests and their current careers across the globe.

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    Network Research Highlight: Understanding Empathy with Malissa Clark

    In a recent review, Dr. Malissa Clark and colleagues provide a clearer understanding of the nature and role of empathy in the workplace. 

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    Network Research Highlight: Leveraging the Benefits of an Aging Workforce

    Successful balancing of declining physical abilities with increasing knowledge and experience leads to higher reports of job satisfaction among older workers, in addition to increasing areas in which older workers can benefit the workforce (Zacher, Kooij, & Beier, 2018). Acknowledgment of this balance is crucial to the fostering of an inclusive and cohesive workforce.

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    Network Research Highlight: Are You Successfully Aging at Work?

    A recent book chapter by Cort Rudolph and Hannes Zacher highlights the complex and dynamic process of aging in the workplace. Unlike many previous conceptualizations of aging at work, Rudolph and Zacher bring attention to the fact that development occurs across the lifespan, not just durin

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    Network Research Highlight: The Benefits of Decent Work

    Although most people groan and take a bit longer getting ready for work Monday mornings, lamenting the short weekend, David Blustein, Jonas Masdonati, and Jérôme Rossier, suggest maybe we should count our blessings instead since work is a key component of the human condition.

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    Network Research Highlight: Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Justice

    Our very own advisory council member, Dr. Deborah E. Rupp recently published two papers on related topics: corporate social responsibility and organizational justice.