work and career

COVID-19 Survey: How NYC Residents Are Holding Up

COVID-19 Survey: How NYC Residents Are Holding Up

Nearly 3 in 10 New York City residents (29%) report that either they or someone in their household has lost their job as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) over the...
Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

A new study suggests that showing appreciation (saying “thank you”) may be a more effective strategy than apologizing (saying “I’m sorry”) when it comes to restoring customer satisfaction. For the...
7 of the best phone interview tips, according to hiring professionals

7 of the best phone interview tips, according to hiring professionals

No matter how old we are or how long we’ve been in our positions, we have questions when it comes to careers. As working women, we want to know how to respond to a rejection letter, how to ask for a
Challenging Goals and Tasks May Help Preserve Cognition in Retirees

Challenging Goals and Tasks May Help Preserve Cognition in Retirees

Some middle-aged and older adults, particularly women, who disengage from difficult tasks and goals after they retire, may be more likely to experience cognitive decline as they age, according to...
Poor Physical Health Can Hamper Job Seekers With Severe Mental Illness

Poor Physical Health Can Hamper Job Seekers With Severe Mental Illness

Individuals with serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, believe their physical health problems rather than psychological health make it difficult for them to secure jobs,
Strong Social Skills Enable ‘Toxic’ People to Succeed at Work

Strong Social Skills Enable ‘Toxic’ People to Succeed at Work

How do people with toxic personalities get ahead in their careers? Wouldn’t their bad character traits hold them back? Not necessarily, says a new German study. The findings show that...
Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Losing a job can be detrimental to the individual, but a new study shows that the negative effects are not just felt by the displaced worker and his or her...
Role Models Admired for Work Ethic More Motivating Than Geniuses

Role Models Admired for Work Ethic More Motivating Than Geniuses

New research finds that scientists who are known for their hard work, such as Thomas Edison, are more motivating than scientists who are viewed as naturally brilliant. Penn State researchers...
Chronic Job Insecurity Can Change Personality For the Worse

Chronic Job Insecurity Can Change Personality For the Worse

People who experience job insecurity for more than four years may undergo negative personality changes, according to a new study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia....
Do Telecommuters Get Fewer Promotions?

Do Telecommuters Get Fewer Promotions?

Working from home, or telecommuting, can offer several benefits for employees, including greater flexibility for a better work-life balance, the potential for greater productivity and no stressful
How to answer the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question in a job interview

How to answer the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question in a job interview

Interviewing for a job is very exciting; after all, it means you got through the faceless application process. But it can also be oh-so-terrifying. You need to essentially sell yourself, which for
Mindfulness Training for Military, Firefighters Can Boost Resiliency, Attention

Mindfulness Training for Military, Firefighters Can Boost Resiliency, Attention

New research reveals that firefighters and military personnel who participated in mindfulness training programs tailored to their professions experienced improved attention and resilience. These
Helping Doctors Break Bad News More Effectively

Helping Doctors Break Bad News More Effectively

Despite established guidelines on how to break bad news to patients, many physicians report insufficient training on how to conduct these challenging conversations. Now a new study by Northwestern
Psychological Tests Used In Court Are Often ‘Junk Science’

Psychological Tests Used In Court Are Often ‘Junk Science’

New research suggests courts often admit psychological tests as evidence that are not scientifically valid. Yet they can play a role in determining parental fitness for child custody, assessing the...
“Winner-Takes-All” Pay Structure May Be Biggest Driver of Innovation

“Winner-Takes-All” Pay Structure May Be Biggest Driver of Innovation

A new study reveals that a competitive “winner-takes-all” pay structure is most effective in empowering workers to come up with novel ideas and solutions. Innovation is a major force behind...
With Insurance Hurdles and Limited Funds, Many Caregivers Are Themselves At Risk

With Insurance Hurdles and Limited Funds, Many Caregivers Are Themselves At Risk

A new study reveals that people who care for others with a health problem or disability are more likely to neglect their own health. In particular, researchers discovered caregivers often...
Positive & Authentic Attitude Can Improve Work Environment

Positive & Authentic Attitude Can Improve Work Environment

New research finds that being positive at work improves productivity and leads to other benefits. However, you must be real and match behavior with the way you feel — in...
Some People Lie to Appear Honest

Some People Lie to Appear Honest

Some people’s efforts to avoid appearing dishonest may actually lead to lying, according to a new study. This can often happen when events turn out in their favor that seem...
Move Into Adulthood Seen As Critical Time for Obesity

Move Into Adulthood Seen As Critical Time for Obesity

Two new studies reveal that weight again associated with leaving adolescence and moving into adulthood reflects a decrease in physical activity and changes in diet. Researchers at the University of...
Faking Emotions at Work May Do More Harm Than Good

Faking Emotions at Work May Do More Harm Than Good

A new analysis looks at two ways employees may try to regulate their emotions at work: surface acting and deep acting. “Surface acting is faking what you’re displaying to other...