How to avoid a bad hire

New study shows how a minor change to a job ad can increase the size and quality of an applicant pool Bad hiring decisions cost employers millions of dollars, damage workplace morale, reduce productivity and account for more than half of employee turnover nationwide. It doesn’t have to be that way according to a new […]

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Hostile boss? Study finds advantages to giving it right back

Employees feel less like victims when they return hostility In a result that surprised researchers, a new study found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility. The study found that employees felt less like victims when they retaliated against their bad bosses and as a […]

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Unlike humans, monkeys aren’t fooled by expensive brands

A group of researchers tested whether monkeys show a common human bias: the tendency to confuse the price of a good with its quality. Previous studies have shown that humans think wine labeled with an expensive price tag tastes better than the same wine labeled with a cheaper price tag. In other studies, people thought […]

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Trouble with your boss? Own it

Don’t get along with your boss? Your job performance may actually improve if the two of you can come to grips with the poor relationship. A new study led by Michigan State University business scholars finds that workers are more motivated if they and their supervisors see eye-to-eye about a bad relationship than if they […]

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Good cause + moderate discount = more sales

Many businesses now offer customers the opportunity to make charitable donations to good causes along with their purchases, but does this really encourage the customer to buy more? According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing, the answer is a firm “Yes.” “The mere presence of a charitable donation opportunity can generate significantly […]

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