Profiling Employee Time Bandits: Weasels, Mercenaries, Sandbaggers, and Parasites

Nothing is more counterproductive for organizations than when employees use work time to engage in non-task-related activities. That said, time banditry is widespread and sometimes difficult for organizations prevent. A recent article published in Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, entitled "Time Banditry and Impression Management Behavior: Prediction and Profiling of Time Bandit Types," authors Meagan … Continue reading Profiling Employee Time Bandits: Weasels, Mercenaries, Sandbaggers, and Parasites

The Impact of Employee Experience on Productivity and Firm Innovation: A Study of Italy’s Slowdown

[We're pleased to welcome Francesco Daveri and Maria Laura Parisi. Francesco and Maria recently published an article in ILR Review entitled "Experience, Innovation, and Productivity: Empirical Evidence from Italy's Slowdown."] Italy has been on a declining growth path well before the current crisis. We see this as the unfortunate combination of policy and managerial habits. On the policy side, a string … Continue reading The Impact of Employee Experience on Productivity and Firm Innovation: A Study of Italy’s Slowdown

Management Practices: Complementarity is the Key

[We're pleased to welcome Arthur Grimes of Motu Economic and Policy Research and University of Auckland. Arthur recently published an article in ILR Review entitled "The 'Suite' Smell of Success: Personnel Practices and Firm Performance" with co-author Richard Fabling of Motu Economic and Policy Research.] Throughout the world, we see firms in the same industry in … Continue reading Management Practices: Complementarity is the Key

Meetings and Team Management: Are traditional meetings still relevant in today’s tech-driven world?

Not for nothing are so many “Dilbert” comic strips set in meetings. Notorious for wasting  time, dulling motivation and draining creativity, meetings are widely seen as a necessary evil—one poll found that 46 percent of Americans prefer almost any “unpleasant activity” over a meeting. Not surprisingly, managers are trying to reinvent meetings to make them more … Continue reading Meetings and Team Management: Are traditional meetings still relevant in today’s tech-driven world?

Short-Term Incentives, Long-Term Success?

Do short-term incentives really work to motivate employees? Jennifer E. Wynter-Palmer of the University of Technology/Jamaica Institute of Management examined the debate and its implications in her article "Is the Use of Short-Term Incentives Good Organization Strategy?," published in the Compensation & Benefits Review September/October 2012 issue: This article is based on research conducted on … Continue reading Short-Term Incentives, Long-Term Success?

Does Privacy Make Us Productive?

Modern-day organizations increasingly are seeking to create an "open" work environment—one that makes workers more observable—theorizing that transparency boosts performance. But a new study in Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) finds this trend may be counterproductive. Ethan S. Bernstein of Harvard University published "The Transparency Paradox: A Role for Privacy in Organizational Learning and Operational Control" … Continue reading Does Privacy Make Us Productive?