Workplace diversity can help the bottom line

MIT economist scrutinizes firm data suggesting diverse offices function more effectively. Gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT researcher — but it may also reduce satisfaction among employees. “Having a more diverse set of employees means you have a more diverse set of […]

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Why plants in the office make us more productive

‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. In the first field study of its kind, published today, researchers found enriching a ‘lean’ office with plants could increase productivity by 15%. The team examined the impact of ‘lean’ and ‘green’ offices on staff’s perceptions […]

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Feeling bad at work can be a good thing (and vice versa)

Research by the University of Liverpool suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes. In a Special Issue published in Human Relations, Dr Dirk Lindebaum from the University’s Management School, together with his co-author Professor Peter […]

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Attention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefits

A new e-memo for the boss: Online breaks at work can refresh workers and boost productivity. Early findings from a University of Cincinnati study will be presented on Aug. 5, at the 74th annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Philadelphia. The study led by Sung Doo Kim, a doctoral candidate in the Carl […]

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