A Little-Known Cause of Burnout

In 1957, McGill University psychology professor Donald Hebb paid college students to lie on a bed in a room the size of a cubicle day and night. They wore fogged glasses, cotton gloves, and a U-shaped pillow around their heads to muffle sounds. The subjects intended to study. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-gen-y-guide/201709/little-known-cause-burnout

An Ode to the Worker Bee

Labor Day honors workers. And with good reason. Ever more is expected of the worker bee. Often with the Damoclean sword above their heads, they’re asked to get technical and once there, to stay current. You know version 6.0? Well, 7.0 is coming out next month. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-do-life/201708/ode-the-worker-bee

Want to Be More Assertive at Work? Do These Four Things

It's not easy to be assertive: to stand up for your needs; to communicate to others what you really feel, especially when you know it might conflict with their point of view. But assertiveness is essential for effective communication and relationship building. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/adaptation/201708/want-be-more-assertive-work-do-these-four-things

Making Your Best Ideas Better

How much work by smart people is mediocre? Many products in the marketplace are cumbersome, difficult, or just not that interesting to use. Many high budget movies are boring re-hashes. Many students know the weaknesses of their teachers better than the teachers do. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-architecture-inspired-lives/201708/making-your-best-ideas-better

Behavior and Brain Sciences Help Optimize Labor Programs

Change in large organizations tends to come slowly. Despite a growing knowledge base of evidence-based practices that can help organizations save money, work more effectively, and keep employees engaged and satisfied, institutional inertia remains a huge roadblock. Read more: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/minds-business/behavior-and-brain-sciences-help-optimize-labor-programs.html

Sales newbies, don’t fret. Just go above and beyond

The scientific investigation into both customer and salesperson gratitude, led by Michigan State University business scholar Stephanie Mangus, is particularly relevant as Millennials enter the workforce and become major consumers. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170822103303.htm