Journal of Applied Psychology

When Rudeness Becomes A Matter of Life or Death

Have you ever been cut off in traffic by another driver, leaving you still seething miles later? Or been interrupted by a colleague in a meeting, and found yourself replaying the event in your head even after you’ve left work for the day? Minor rude events like this happen all the time, and you may be surprised by the magnitude of the effects they have on our decision-making and functioning.

With Great Power Comes Great Job Demands, Stress

Do you dream of climbing the corporate ladder to the top, envisioning how being the boss will give you the freedom to call the shots? The reality is, having power makes your job feel more demanding and can cause you more stress and physical ailments, finds new research from Maryland Smith’s Trevor A. Foulk. But it’s not all bad.

Power is a double-edged sword, says Foulk: it makes your job more demanding, which has both good implications and bad implications, simultaneously.

How to Feel Like You Belong No Matter Where You’re Working

When an organization’s employees are far flung – at outposts around the world in a multinational company, or, more recently, working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic – one of the best ways for individuals to feel connected and included is through efforts of their own, finds new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Feeling Normal in a Pandemic? Study Has Good News

The coronavirus pandemic brought with it unprecedented uncertainty and stress. But somehow, even amid the turmoil and the new pressures of work-from-home and home-schooling, millions of people were able to keep calm and carry on with the demands of the moment.

And maybe you did too.

New research from Maryland Smith shows that our human sense of normalcy is capable of bouncing back a lot faster than we might think.

Who's the Worst at Negotiating?

According to new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, financially vulnerable individuals – those without a savings safety net who are more susceptible to the financial shock of unexpected expenses – stifle their own economic advancement because they negotiate worse than others. The way they view negotiations as a zero-sum game rather than a situation where everyone can win is a psychological barrier inherent in financial vulnerability itself, finds the research.

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