Posts tagged with 'research'
Is It the Drug Or Fitbit Making the Difference?Read the rest of this entry »
As if clinical researchers and managers didn’t already have enough to worry about, now add activity trackers to the list.
Smartwatches, Fitbits and similar trackers have the potential to influence behavior, which matters in studies where physical activity is a study endpoint. (An endpoint in a clinical study is an event used to objectively measure the effect of a drug or other intervention.)
If the level of activity is an …
Get Rid of Gray Hair by Going on VacationRead the rest of this entry »
Some might argue the point, but most of us know that stress will turn your hair gray. Just take a look at before and afters of US presidents.
But who would have guessed that eliminating the stress can turn those gray hairs back to their natural color?
That’s what a team of researchers at New York’s Columbia University found when they studied the graying process.
From volunteers of different ethnicities …
Liberal Arts Grads Are as Likely to Have Business Careers as AnyoneRead the rest of this entry »
The last time we wrote about the employment prospects of humanities majors, the news was discouraging. A study by the New York Federal Reserve found half of recent English major grads were underemployed.
Our post was tempered by reports that employers were awakening to the advantages an educationally diverse workforce offered.
Now comes "Degrees at Work," a broader, more extensive study than the Fed's, which tells us the …
A $65K Paycheck Will Buy HappinessRead the rest of this entry »
Cash is king, as the saying goes. But how just how much does it take to make you feel royal? And even if money can't buy happiness, how much do you need to avoid being miserable? At least miserable over your finances.
Would you believe $65,000 to $95,000? Higher for families.
Researchers at Purdue University came up with this figure by crunching an enormous amount of data from 1.7 million …
The Case Against A Happy WorkforceRead the rest of this entry »
"Happy workers are more productive workers."That's been said so often it has become an article of faith among human resource professionals and the occupational psychologists who study such things.And there's certainly no shortage of studies purporting to show the relationship between happiness and bottom line yields. One of the newest was published last month in IZA — Journal of European Labor. It confirmed a correlation between worker wellbeing …
They Are Watching You More (and Less) Than You ThinkRemember that time you wore mismatched earrings to a party? Or had a stain on that tie you grabbed from the closet in the dark?Read the rest of this entry »
Embarrassing, sure, but nowhere near what you might have thought. It turns out far fewer people notice such things. Social psychologists long ago showed that we overestimate the noticeability of our flaws and faux pas.
We go wrong, though, when we think no one is …
Fitch Gives High Grades to Largest Alternative Investment ManagersRead the rest of this entry »
In a special report -- U.S. Alternative Investment Managers: An Industry Update -- Fitch Ratings examined the financial condition and outlook of the 7 largest managers pronouncing them sound while cautioning about the "elevated levels of uncalled investment capital, or dry powder."
"With more capital chasing fewer deals, significant fund underperformance is possible if competition drives prices up further," said Meghan Neenan, Senior Director, Financial Institution at Fitch Ratings and …
Research Firm Says Employers Should Turn to Agencies FirstEmployers should turn to staffing agencies right from the start when they have hard to fill jobs, especially in healthcare and tech.Read the rest of this entry »
That advice comes from WANTED Technologies. The research firm specializes in recruitment and hiring data. The firm analyzed more than a year's worth of jobs posted online by staffing firms and the increase or decrease in market demand discovering that desperate employers are turning over hiring of nurses, …
Why Your Next CEO Should Come From HRRead the rest of this entry »
Next to chief operating officers, the C-suite executive who is most like the CEO is, surprise, the chief HR officer.
“This finding is very counterintuitive — nobody would have predicted it,” says Dave Ulrich, a University of Michigan professor and a leading consultant on organization and talent issues. He and Ellie Filler, a senior client partner with the global recruiting firm Korn Ferry, researched the traits and characteristics of top …
Economists Say Banking Culture Encourages DishonestyThere's something about banking culture that encourages dishonesty, report researchers from the University of Zurich.Read the rest of this entry »
Writing in the journal Nature , the authors say, "Employees of a large, international bank behave, on average, honestly in a control condition. However, when their professional identity as bank employees is rendered salient, a significant proportion of them become dishonest. This effect is specific to bank employees..."
Employing an ordinary coin-tossing experiment, the researchers, …