Behavior

Herzberg Theory of Motivation in the Workplace

Herzberg Theory of Motivation in the Workplace

Finding out what people want from their jobs, what motivates them to keep working, was the basis for a study by Fredrick Herzberg during the 1950’s and 60’s. He wanted to find out how attitude affected employees motivation. He did this by asking people to describe work situations that made them feel really good about their jobs and situations in which they felt bad about them. His findings showed ... »

Meaning of Insubordination in the Workplace

Meaning of Insubordination in the Workplace

Part of a manager’s job is to deal with the attitudes of the people who they supervise. Most employees go to work with a good attitude and concentrate on the business at hand. However, there are employees who seem to have a chip on their shoulder and display bad behaviors at work. It is important for a good manager to determine if he or she is dealing with insubordination from an employee or if th... »

Workplace Example of Utilitarianism Ethics

Workplace Example of Utilitarianism Ethics

The core idea of utilitarianism is that an action is right if it results in the happiness of the greatest number of people in a society or a group. In the workplace, the idea of this concept is if you conduct yourself properly at work, then you will be able to achieve professional happiness. By making morally correct decisions, your happiness will increase. However, if you choose to do something m... »

Examples of Virtue Ethics in the Workplace

Examples of Virtue Ethics in the Workplace

How you conduct yourself at work says a lot about your sense of ethics. Ethics and behavior at work can help make or break a company because values and ethics helps to maintain order in the office, helps the company’s operations run smoothly and they help maintain the company’s profitability. Virtues often work hand in hand with ethics when it comes to an employee’s behavior at the workplace. Ther... »

Defamation of Character in the Workplace

Defamation of Character in the Workplace

Every workplace will experience conflicts between employees from time to time. While most conflicts are easy to resolve, some of them may escalate into more serious problems. An employee may resort to defaming another one’s character to try and make themselves seem more superior than the other employee or to get back at them for a real or perceived wrong. What is Defamation of Character? It is imp... »

Workplace Bullying Fact Sheet

Workplace Bullying Fact Sheet

Identifying bullying the in the workplace is important for management in order to help keep up morale and make the office a safe, productive place for every employee in a company. Bullying can take make forms and it can be either subtle or aggressive. Being able to recognize it can help managers deal with the bullies and put an end to unproductive, unnecessary behavior in the workplace. Types of W... »

Types of Workplace Bullying Behaviours

Types of Workplace Bullying Behaviours

Workplace bullying can be done either by a co-worker or by a manager against an individual by singling them out for harassment. Bullying is often done to embarrass someone, flaunt superiority over someone, whether the superiority is real or perceived. While bullying someone is often done by just one person, a group of people can gang up to bully the victim in the workplace as well. Consequences of... »

Workplace Ethical Dilemma Scenarios

Workplace Ethical Dilemma Scenarios

Ethical dilemmas at work can make you feel as if you are being put on the spot, especially if it involves a workplace friend. The dilemma can leave you wondering if you should keep your mouth shut about the behavior, which would make you an accomplice, or tell a superior about what you have witnessed. While you don’t want to lose a friend, you also don’t want to be mired in a scandal and lose your... »

Lateral Workplace Violence

Lateral Workplace Violence

Have you ever gossiped about someone at work with other colleagues or blamed one of your colleagues for new workplace rules that many see as oppressive? If you have, then you may have committed an act of lateral violence. What is Lateral Violence? The term “lateral violence” may be new to many people, but the concept isn’t. Lateral violence is defined as taking out feelings of anger or frustration... »

Workplace April Fools Pranks

Workplace April Fools Pranks

Pulling April Fool’s jokes in the workplace should be done with care as you don’t want to upset someone and create a hostile atmosphere in the office. However, harmless pranks can be fun for everyone involved, including the one being pranked. Here are some ideas for pranks suitable for the workplace. Take a Hostage This harmless prank can work for any type of workplace. Take an item fr... »

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