Mental Health: So How Much Work is too Much?

The following is a snippet from a New Scientist article on the growing push towards reducing hours, from working a five day week to a four day week while still receiving the five day wage. I’m specifically looking at the mental health aspect, which I thought was interesting (see below for the full article). “Huong… Read More

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Exergames: Cyber Buddy vs Real Buddy

Research Paper Title Cyber Buddy Is Better than No Buddy: A Test of the Köhler Motivation Effect in Exergames. Background Although exergames are popular, few people take advantage of the potential of group dynamics to motivate play (and achieve associated health benefits). One motivation gain phenomenon has shown promise for motivating greater effort in partnered… Read More

Linking Knowledge, Novices, & Collaboration in Learning Outcomes for Teams

Research Paper Title Effects of Prior Knowledge on Collaborative and Individual Learning. Background Collaborative learning is an extensively used instructional technique by which individuals interact in small groups to learn to solve academic problems. This study aimed to determine the impact of task-specific prior knowledge on individual learners and collaborative groups that were instructed to… Read More

Testing the Kohler Effect through Intergroup Competition in Exercise Video Games

Research Paper Title Intergroup Competition in Exergames: Further Tests of the Köhler Effect. Background The researchers examined how competing with a software-generated partner (SGP) against another human/virtual partner team, in an exercise video game (exergame), affects individual motivation as measured by effort. Methods Participants (n = 90; 49 female; Mage = 19.93 ± 1.48) were randomly assigned to one of three… Read More

Does Disliking your Boss affect your Work Performance?

Research suggests that when people get along with their leader, they: Are more motivated; Perform better, and Are more likely to go the extra mile. When they do not, bad things can happen. However, viewing the boss-employee dynamic as purely positive or purely negative creates a false dichotomy; it is often mixed. In three studies… Read More

What is Initiative Fatigue?

Initiative fatigue occurs when leaders jump too quickly from one improvement fad to another. This is because embarking on a new project is often more exciting than staying the course. However, this does not necessarily deliver the best long-term results. It is, generally, easier to start something, whether it is weight loss, going to the… Read More

What is Collaborative Overload?

Research suggests that most managers now spend 85% or more of their work time on e-mail, in meetings, and on the phone, and the demand for such activities has jumped by 50% over the past decade. Companies benefit from greater collaboration through, for example, faster innovation and more-seamless client service. However, along with all this… Read More