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June 07 2013

The Eight Causes of Workplace Conflict (Part 2)

Causes of Workplace Conflict

Conflicts in the workplace are a common problem experienced by many employers and employees. Workplace conflicts can negatively influence the workplace in many different ways. They can lead to fighting, such as verbal gossip or even physical altercations in more extreme circumstances; workplace conflicts can also cause a lowered job satisfaction and lower productivity.



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June 05 2013

The Eight Causes of Workplace Conflict (Part 1)

Workplace conflict

Workplace conflicts are a common problem in many workplaces. Unfortunately, workplace conflicts can lead to a number of negative influences not only on individual employees, but the business itself. Conflict in the workplace can lead to negative behaviors, such as physical or verbal fighting, in addition to lower workplace productivity due to job-related stress and dissatisfaction.


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June 03 2013

Are You Experiencing Poor Job Satisfaction?

Are you happy with your job?

Are you happy with your job? You may have been asked this question before--by your friends, your family, and maybe even your employer--but have you ever really thought about the answer? If you are like many people, you are probably tempted to automatically reach for a cliché phrase as your answer, something like "Well, is anyone really happy with their job?" This very common answer reveals something about job satisfaction that many employers and employees are unwilling to admit: that people expect to be unsatisfied with their jobs. While some employers--and employees--may see job satisfaction as a pipe dream, an increasing number of studies and research on the topic of job satisfaction have shown that it can have a significant influence on your overall work performance... and even your life outside of work.


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June 01 2013

5 Common Types of Organizational Citizenship Behavior

What is Organizational Citizenship Behavior?

What is Organizational Citizenship Behavior?

Organizational citizenship behavior is the technical psychological term for what can be simply defined as the compilation of individual behaviors in a group setting. Organizational citizenship behavior was first defined by Dennis Organ in 1988 as "an individual behavior which is not rewarded by a formal reward system ... but that, when combined with the same behavior in a group, results in effectiveness." In the business world, organizational citizenship behavior has been linked to work productivity, employee effectiveness, and other factors which can impact a business in the short or long term. Common examples of business organizational citizenship behavior occur when employees are grouped together, which may occur on a regular basis or a part of a special or temporary assignment. For example, employees in the marketing department will display organizational citizenship behavior on a regular basis because of they are co-workers in the same department; employees who are put together for a temporary work assignment will also display organizational citizenship behavior, albeit on a temporary basis.



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May 27 2013

Three More Practical Psychological Business Lessons

Practical Psychological Business Lessons

Every aspect of business can in some way be traced back to psychology and psychological concepts. Topics ranging from the psychology of job interviews, the psychological effects of job satisfaction, and how psychology can be used in marketing are all examples of how business and psychology are intertwined.


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May 20 2013

The Effect of Stress on Memory

Does stress affect memory?

The effects of stress on memory are well-studied and well-recorded. At the most basic level, the main effect that stress has on memory impacts the brain's ability to both encode information and retrieve information. When a person experiences stress, their body releases stress hormones into the blood streams; it is these hormones which have an impact on the brain and can influence a person's ability to remember information through encoding and retrieval disruption. The most well-known stress hormone which negatively affects memory is Glucocorticoids--more commonly known as cortisol. Cortisol disrupts the ability of the hippocampus to encode new information and retrieve existing information by diverting the glucose levels in the hippocampus to surrounding muscles, which deprives the hippocampus of necessary energy it needs to perform regular memory functions. The areas of the brain which are usually the most affected by stress are the hippocampus, the prefrontal cortex, and the amygdala.


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May 16 2013

Retail Jobs and Job Satisfaction

Are certain jobs more prone to poor job satisfaction than others?

Are certain jobs more prone to poor job satisfaction than others? A recent study discussed during the 10th Annual ‘Great Place to Work’ conference in Los Angeles revealed that employees working in retail positions report significantly and consistently lower job satisfaction than their counterparts in non-retail positions.



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May 13 2013

Pregnancy and Memory Loss

Does pregnancy cause memory loss?

Does pregnancy cause memory loss? It is not unusual of expecting mothers to complain of forgetfulness; however, their complaint of forgetfulness is usually relegated to a result of the stress which is so natural to women who are expecting a child. Stress, of course, has been proven to affect memory and cause forgetfulness—or memory loss—especially when experienced for a longer period of time. And since pregnancy lasts for about nine months on average, naturally this ongoing stress could affect the memory of a woman who is pregnant. Other times, forgetfulness in pregnant woman is attributed to the fact that they are likely to be distracted because of their newfound focus on the health and welfare of their child. However, could these complaints of memory loss during pregnancy be more than just a result of pregnancy-related stress or worry about their child?


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May 09 2013

Learning in Infants

Do infants learn?

Do infants learn? The question may catch some people, even parents, by surprise. Although it is common to acknowledge that children are able to learn—and in fact, are sent to school to learn—it is lesson common to think about infants as capable of learning. However, infants are able to learn just as older children are able to learn. What they learn, how fast they learn it, and how they use that knowledge is vastly different than what older children learn, however. For example, while a seven year old child might be starting their first history lessons in school; an eight month old infant is hardly going to be able to recite the names of the kings of England. This does not mean that the eight month old infant is incapable of learning, just that what they learn—and how they use that learning—is different.


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May 06 2013

Distance Education

What is distance education?

Distanceeducation is defined as a broad system of education which delivers instruction and education to students who are not physically present as they would be in a traditional classroom setting. Distance education, sometimes referred as distance learning, is a way for students to be instructed through non-traditional means while they are not actually present in front of an instructor in a classroom. Distance education, then, is a way to provide access to learning for students when the source of the information--such as the teacher--and the students are not connected due to factors such as distance and time. Some types of distance education require the student's presence in a physical location for certain reasons, such as taking examinations or getting together with groups for projects--these types of distance education are usually referred to as "blended education," since they do require the student to bridge the disconnect between themselves and their instructor in what is usually atraditional classroom setting.


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