Psychology

Random acts of Rewarding

The positive power of spontaneity
October 2, 2013
Every week, a new study in behavioral science is published that demonstrates the importance of context.


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“Achievers” are sometimes afraid to fail

Pitfalls of positive social labeling
October 2, 2013
It’s certainly common to attach positive labels to people and organizations following their notable success. Such labels can be quite beneficial, activating a sense of competence and enhancing self-motivation.


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Dangers of driving on autopilot

Snap out of it — develop your situational awareness
October 2, 2013
Autopilot is a nice little nuance of cognitive processing that allows us animals, especially humans, to plan, solve problems, or otherwise daydream while performing routine tasks.


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Supervisors must make the time to wield their influence

October 2, 2013
Supervisors and mid-level managers do not feel they have much influence over what makes employees emotionally invested and committed, such as company policies, pay, benefits changes, staffing levels, business decisions, or communications from above.


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“Naïve science” plagues mining and oil & gas cultures

October 2, 2013
In commoditized industries where competition is based largely on who can offer the lowest price, there is an intense pressure to squeeze every penny out of the cost of operations.


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A most unusual safety session

October 1, 2013

Here at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo, an Egyptian surgeon, Alaa Zidan, who now works as a health and safety consultant in Bahrain, gave a presentation, “Positive Safety Culture and Emotional Intelligence,” that was probably unlike any safety presentation most in the audience had ever heard.


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A new language emerges for safety

News from 2013 NSC Congress & Expo
October 1, 2013

Spend a day talking to safety pros and safety product trainers, consultants and PPE vendors and one thing strikes you: a new vocabulary is emerging in safety circles. You hear little talk about OSHA or compliance.


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Lifestyle intervention improves high schoolers’ health

Research shows promise for teens at risk of becoming obese
September 20, 2013

A teacher-delivered intervention program promoting healthy lifestyles improved health behaviors, social skills, severe depression, and academic performance in high school adolescents, a study has found.


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'Negative Working Conditions Score' linked to depression

September 18, 2013

Adverse working conditions are associated with the risk of depression in working-age adults, suggests a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


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Americans stay digitally connected to work on weekends and vacations-

-and most say they like it
September 13, 2013

More than half of the employed adults surveyed recently by the American Psychological Association (APA) said they regularly check work messages during non-work hours, and four in 10 said they did it while on vacation.


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