Research

There is a lot of thinking going on, check out some of these ideas and research publications

We have all heard of secondhand smoke, is there a chance we could have the same dynamic when it comes to stress?
Are the people around you giving you their stress? “We’re hardwired to empathize with others – it’s key to survival since we have to cooperate and care for each other to live”, says Alicia Clark, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington DC. When those around us feel the heat, scientists believe that special brain cells called mirror neurons pick up their cues. Their stress now impacts on you. That is bad for our professional performance and general health
via @APA and ALICIA H. CLARK, PSYD cited in Shape.com

We spend lots of time and sometimes money on ‘team building’ exercises. The idea is if that team members get on well together, get to know and like each other, that is good for the team. There may be another side to this however. Brian Uzzi, a sociologist at Northwestern University, studied teamwork in the creation of Broadway musicals. He looked at the teams that created over 2000 musicals between 1877 and 1990. Uzzi created a metric, the Q factor, to measure the closeness of connection of each team. While teams of strangers failed (low Q), teams of good friends (high Q) also under performed. The most successful teams had a mid-range Q score, some old friends and some new people. If we work with the same friends all the time, we probably don’t challenge each other enough and creativity suffers.
via Kellogg School of Management

With many putting off retirement, older men in the workforce who have stressful jobs but little decision making power could be an at risk group for Heart Disease. This was not found to be case for younger people. This is based on a study from University College Cork published in the journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine.
via Occupational Medicine

Are you more attracted by €29 than €29.00 when buying something? Researchers Keith Coulter, Pilsik Choi and Kent Moore have investigated how we feel when prices are articulated in different ways. The upshot is that: Commas and cents make prices look more expensive
via Kerry Cunningham, on Psychology Today

Higher exhaustion is related to both lower organisational commitment and higher frequency of CWBs (Counter Productive Work Behaviours).Research, led by George Banks at Virginia Commonwealth University, suggests that emotional exhaustion matters because it makes it harder to form and maintain deep relationships within the organisation, such relationships being the foundation for a sense of organisational commitment : Stretching emotional limits leads to bad behaviour at work
via BPS Occupational Digest

For the next 19 years, in the United States, 10,000 people per day will turn 65 years old, and (presumably) retire shortly thereafter. While this graying of the Boomer generation certainly has implications for health care and social policy, it may have even more significance for the nature of the workforce and the job of the manager : Get Ready for the New Workforce
via Ron Ashkenas and the HBR Blog Network

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