Trevor Foulk

Trevor Foulk

Dr. Trevor Foulk is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, and his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Does It Seem Like Everyone Hates Hot-Desking? (Yes)

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  Mention the concept of “hot-desking” to the modern office worker and you’re likely to be met with an eye roll and an exasperated sigh.

The concept – a kind of office design in which workers are not assigned to a regular cubicle or desk to sit at day after day, but rather are encouraged to sit in different locations each day at work – isn’t super popular.

Seven Ways To Be More Productive at Work

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – December can be overwhelming. There are the family and social obligations, heaps of additional errands and pressures. Plus, there’s work. And for many of us, the final weeks of the year involve a long list of work projects that must be wrapped up before we can relax for the holidays.

Here’s a guide that will help you make the most of those work hours, and help you be more productive at the office, now and throughout the year:

Exploring A Shortcut To Leadership

Being a leader is hard. It’s exhausting, emotionally taxing and time-consuming to juggle individual to-do lists and countless meetings, all while managing people and coordinating with other leaders. This is why many leaders report feeling unmotivated at work. New research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a way to keep leaders energized and engaged. It’s so simple that leaders can start right now (and, no, it’s not more caffeine).

The Best (and Worst) Ways To Sign an Email

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – You’ve taken the time to craft a professional email that, you hope, firmly positions you and your employer in a favorable light. It’s concise and articulate, maybe even a bit persuasive. Don’t blow it in those final, parting words, ending with a signoff that’s also a turnoff.

Why does it matter? Sound email practices are sound business practices. Consider this: The average office worker sends about 40 work emails a day and receives a whopping 121. 

The Value of Opposing Viewpoints

Team members aren’t always going to agree with leaders’ goals and strategies — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In certain circumstances, having disagreement among teams, and the discourse that this disagreement elicits, can translate into better success for certain types of teams who are tackling complex problems, according to new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.


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