Why do employees act badly?

Why do employees act badly?

There has been much press in recent times about employees acting badly. From the Royal Commission into banking, where people have been shown to prioritise commercial results over the welfare of their clients to a range of bullying and harassment behaviours, this has...

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Why we need “positive deviants” at work

Why we need “positive deviants” at work

Whenever we hear the term “deviance” we immediately think of people doing the wrong thing – counterproductive work behaviours, as they are known in psychology research. This is understandable, because bad behaviours have a massive effect on...

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Why it’s a good idea to “unboss”

Why it’s a good idea to “unboss”

The graphic above shows some of the results of a major piece of research SACS undertook in partnership with Deakin University into leadership behaviours. More than 2600 people answered questions we asked them about the behaviours of the leaders they report to. We also...

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The easy way to get organisation structure right

The easy way to get organisation structure right

I have helped many organisations to restructure. I used to do it using a typical consulting method. I would talk to a bunch of stakeholders in the organisation, consider the strategic purpose of the organisation, look at the structures of similar organisation, do some...

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Lying is a crucial social skill

Lying is a crucial social skill

One of the most crucial social skills children learn as they grow up is when and how to lie appropriately. The whole business of lying can be a little confusing. When Grandma asks you if you like your Christmas present lying might not just be a good idea, your parents...

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Should You “Whistle Blow” on a Colleague?

Should You “Whistle Blow” on a Colleague?

The tradition of whistleblowing has been established for decades. Typically, it involves an employee identifying bad behaviour of senior people and confidentially reporting them. There are many famous cases where this has brought wrongdoing to light and lead to...

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Psychopaths Post More Selfies

Psychopaths Post More Selfies

Has it ever struck you that some people who post a lot of selfies might have a somewhat inflated self-image? Perhaps it may even touch on arrogance in some cases. Maybe you've thought on occasions that people who are obsessed with posting selfies may even be a little...

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Good Stress, Bad Stress and Engagement

Good Stress, Bad Stress and Engagement

Stress is bad, right? Well, it turns out the truth is not quite so simple. People at work have a range of “stressors” which affect them, some of which improve their well-being and some of which damage it. In effect stressors come in two flavours (eg...

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