Innovation

I feel your pain… now pay me!

Ardent followers of Daniel Goleman’s work on Emotional Intelligence will be delighted to learn that new research suggests emotional intelligence, in the from empathy, may yield more than productivity gains. The Study: Psychologists at the University of Bonn conducted an international study exploring people’s ability to recognize emotions, Participants tasked with recognizing the emotions exhibited …

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I Know Who You Are, Saw What You Did and Know What You’re Planning…

Researchers examined 500 million tweets (that’s right a whole day’s worth for Justin Bieber) to develop algorithms with the power to predict behavior–hours in advance. A standard social media post includes when you posted, who you’re with, where you are, etc. Algorithms applied to social media data may allow researchers to predict what you are …

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Meditation and Mental Processing

Meditation isn’t just about easing stress New research shows we actually process more thoughts and feelings during mediation than when we are just relaxing Although many people attempt to suppress random thoughts during mediation, research suggests that allowing the mind to wander actually increases processing Source: Jian Xu. Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and …

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Work and Creativity

A new study suggests that creativity outside of work can enhance job performance Creative activities outside of work seem to directly enhance the ability of employees to problem solve and help others on the job Researchers suggest organizations can encourage employees to pursue creative hobbies outside of work by sponsoring contests and offering discounts for …

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Performance and Work Environment

Attempts to change the social or physical workplace environment do have positive effects on work-related outcomes Changes to the social environment seem to lead to better work performance Changes in the physical environment seem to help workers concentrate Source: Effectiveness of a Combined Social and Physical Environmental Intervention on Presenteeism, Absenteeism, Work Performance, and Work …

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