Category: PSYCHOLOGY

The quest for talent

The quest for talent: selecting the perfect candidate

By Leonardo Almonti

Everybody is looking for them, they are the perfect candidate.
Today, more than ever in the history of the corporate world, the search for talents is becoming a “gold rush”. Not only we are looking for the most experienced and effective, but we are also looking for the most talented candidates. Not by chance, back in 1998 at McKinsey, consultants were already talking about “war for talent” (Michaels, Handfield-Jones, & Alexlrod, 2001). This is the quest for talent.

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Big Five Personality

Understanding Personality: Big Five Personality Traits

By Elif Çalışkan

Psychologists have generally tried to categorize people more since the emergence of personality psychology term after WWI. They have also used those categorizations to predict employee’s behaviors according to various situations and their personalities in the workplace (Chan, 2004). Above all, personality refers to individual differences in terms of thinking, feeling, understanding, and behaving (APA, 2020).

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Cognitive Dissonance

How Human Mind Produces Cognitive Dissonance?

By Elif Çalışkan

We have already mentioned both cognitive dissonance and the 3 efficient strategies to reduce it in our previous article. However, it has shown up a question about how human mind produces cognitive dissonance. Researchers have also distinguished three ways that produce cognitive dissonance: effort justification, induced compliance, and free choice (Vaughan & Hogg, 2010).  Then, let us see how these paradigms differ from each other.

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Reducing Cognitive Dissonance Efficiently

By Elif Çalışkan

Cognition refers to all types of knowledge and awareness, such as perceiving, remembering, conceiving, reasoning, imagining, and problem-solving (APA, 2020). Meanwhile, cognitive dissonance is a theory that mentions people tend to reduce their dissonance caused by conflicting or inconsistent attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors often by seeking harmony (Zental, 2010). Also, it helps to deal with their stress and regrets, they can feel relaxed in a conflicting context. In this article, we will explain 3 initial dissonance-reduction strategies which social psychologist Leon Festinger (1957) showed.

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Halo effect

Halo Effect: A Constant Error in the Workplace

By Elif Çalışkan

Halo effect refers to the widespread human tendency that if a person possesses some positive or negative impression about the qualities of something or someone, his attributions will also be positive or negative (Cherney, 2019). The tendency is useful because it helps us to make quick decisions based on our past experiences or limited information but it can also lead to unfair treatments. Therefore, it’s important to realize halo effect and the impact it may have in the workplace (Miller, 2018). We will recommend some tips to eliminate the halo effect on underperformance, assigning tasks, acceptance of bad attitudes, and the recruitment process in the workplace.

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stereotypical threats in the workplace

Analysing Stereotypical Threats in the Workplace

By Elif Çalışkan

Stereotypes are oversimplified generalizations about groups of people. They may be positive or negative. Stereotypes include judgments about a specific gender, race, age, or sexual orientation. Sometimes maybe even in the unconscious mind. People can often encounter these stereotypical threats in the workplace.  It is important to train employees to eliminate some stereotypes and provide awareness toward them. There are several forms of stereotypical threats that should be eliminated in the workplace.

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illusion of control

Investing under the Illusion of Control

By Elif Çalışkan

The illusion of control is a cognitive bias which causes us to assume that we have exact control over the outcome of a situation when actually we do not. However, it is a very common strategy to cope with disappointments, difficulties, and other uncomfortable feelings (Aftab, 2013). The influence of the control bias can be insincere also during investing. We will explain 4 effects of investing under the illusion of control.

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5 Impacts of COVID-19 on the Global Business Market

By Elif Çalışkan

There is widespread agreement among economists that COVID-19 will have severe different impacts on the global business market. However, despite the danger that the global economy is in, there is a hope to avoid the worst-case scenarios. Because economy experts show us different impacts of COVID-19 and guides to eliminate the worst scenarios (Duffin, 2020). We will explain the 5 impacts of COVID-19 on the global business market.

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Mental Health problems in the Workplace

5 Keys to Prevent Mental Health Problems in the Workplace

By Elif Çalışkan

Everyone deserves a respected and productive workplace but achieving those are particularly hard for people with mental health problems (Gabriel & Liimatainen, 2000). However, people may encounter some difficult life events and mental health problems in the workplace. (anger, stress, anxiety, panic attack, etc.) Moreover, the problems sometimes affect people’s workplace life negatively. So, it is important to cope with and prevent some of them before developing. We will explain 5 keys to prevent mental health problems in the workplace.

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