Category: PSYCHOLOGY

Workplace Behaviour and Attitude: A study of Organisational Ethics and ...

By Aliu A. Onifade

Ethics can be defined as best practices that provide insightful knowledge about what is right or wrong in the workplace (Prabhakar, 2011). For example, products, services, and inter-personal relationships in a company are brought about by ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In most cases, ethical business practices yield success.

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Talent Development: Building Commitment in Virtual Teams

By Elif Çalışkan

Commitment has been defined as the degree of devoting the individuals to a set of behaviors that motivates them to act. Employee commitment has a positive impact on performance, productivity, job satisfaction, increased competitiveness, accountability, and organizational citizenship behaviors (Fornes, Rocco, & Wollard, 2008).

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Talent Development: Boosting Employee Productivity

By Elif Çalışkan

One of the challenges in management has been applying effective talent development strategies to boost organizational performance and employee productivity. So, researchers in human resources management have stressed effective human resources strategies to boost productivity such as high-performance management, high-commitment management, high-involvement management, and strategic planning (Bhatti & Qureshi, 2007). Then, all those reveal a question. How can we implement those strategies to boost employee productivity?

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“What is Beautiful is Good” – Beauty Bias in Selection

By Leonardo Almonti

Beauty bias in selection plays a significant role in the workplace and we cannot ignore it anymore!

If we are looking for the perfect candidate, we cannot afford any sort of distraction. However, as we know, the human mind is always up for distractions (e.g. Cognitive Dissonance, Halo Effect, Illusion of Control). This is due to the fact that our brain has to deal with several bits of information every second, and creates unconscious shortcuts in order to be able to process them. Among the many different shortcuts that can affect our judgment, there is one that is particularly interesting: the beauty bias in selection.

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Understanding Personality: A, B, C, and D Types

By Elif Çalışkan

Several years ago some medical practitioners had a hard time predicting which types of people would experience cardiovascular disease. In fact, they knew that high blood pressure, overweight, and inactivity would increase cardiovascular risks. However, even the combination of these factors was not enough for them to make an accurate prediction. So, they had to do pretty deep researches. Then, they’ve found a relationship between chronic medical morbidity and personality characteristics (Burger, 2006).

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Understanding Personality: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

By Elif Çalışkan

We had already referred to the importance of understanding the structure of the organization, workplace situation, and personality traits to predict the actions of individuals in our previous article. This time we will explain the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It is one of the widest personality preference instruments. Firstly, it described by psychiatrist Carl Jung. Then, Jung’s theory on personality developed and extended by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cooks Briggs. In fact, the MBTI is a personality typology using four pairs of contrasting traits to combine 16 different personality patterns (Fretwell, Lewis, & Hannay, 2013). Let’s examine the indicator closer!

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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). On the other hand, personality trait is classifying a person according to the degree off a stable and consistent pattern of behaviors, attitudes, and feelings of the individual (Burger, 2006). 

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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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