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  • There has been much written in recent times about when diversity goes wrong. We have all seen high-profile cases of exploitation where people seeking to go about their work were treated with a lack of respect or even criminally. For a couple of years now, SACS has been providing users of our psychological assessment tools READ MORE The post Optimising Diversity Friendliness in Your Workforce. appe...

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  • One of the key things which determines how engaged your employees will be in their work is their psychological environment. When employees are surrounded by positivity they are far more likely to be productive and happy in their work (eg Albrecht and Marty, 2017). Employee recognition can make a major contribution to employees’ attitudes to READ MORE The post Want engaged employees? Recognise them...

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  • Did you know that you can measure a person’s values? Shalom Schwartz is one of the world’s leading researchers on the topic of values and has identified 10 basic human values which apply to all individuals across the world (Schwartz, 2012). One of these values is Power. A person who is high in power is READ MORE The post Why are some people power hungry? appeared first on SACS Consulting.

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  • In the last year or so we have seen a number of big employers – PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young being two of them – state that they will not require a degree from people who want to work for them.  This is an interesting position to take.  I would guess that their accountants, for READ MORE The post Does having a degree make you a better employee? appeared first on SACS Consulting.

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  • The graph above shows the engagement scores of more than 2600 employees across Australia.  The scale on the left is average scores on an internationally validated measure of engagement – the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale, (Schaufeli et al, 2006).  The higher the score the more passionate people are about their work.  The columns represent different READ MORE The post The surprising truth about the...

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  • Are smarter people more or less resilient than those who are not so smart? It turns out that this is not an entirely straightforward question. Here are a couple of key points: People with high levels of cognitive ability tend to be able to cope better with a wide range of challenges at work and READ MORE The post Are you too smart to be resilient? appeared first on SACS Consulting.

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  • One of the most common things that leaders say to me is that they want to create a more resilient workforce.  As a psychologist this raises some key questions: What exactly do we mean by “resilience”? You may know that psychologists are obsessive about “constructs”.  Constructs are clear, repeatable definitions of psychological phenomena. Resilience is READ MORE The post What is resilience and whe...

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  • It turns out that your personality does have a big impact on voting behaviour.  A number of studies have shown that you can predict a person’s voting behaviour with a significant degree of accuracy if you know their personality makeup (Gerber et al, 2011). One personality factor which seems to have an impact is that READ MORE The post Does your personality determine how you vote? appeared first on...

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  • People hate feedback, and it is an extremely ineffective method of causing people to change.  Think I’m joking?  Go up to someone and utter the words in the title above – “I have some feedback for you.” Watch their non-verbals.  Typically you will get a deep look of concern.  The person will be looking at READ MORE The post I have some feedback for you appeared first on SACS Consulting.

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  • We hear a lot how a person’s values predict their behaviours, right?  Good values, good behaviours, bad values, bad behaviours?  Whenever I hear this kind of thing I get very curious.  I know that it sounds plausible, but is it really true?  Fortunately, I can often design a research project to get a definitive answer READ MORE The post Do bad values lead to bad behaviours? appeared first on SACS ...

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  • Have you ever thought, “If only we had more people like Mary Smith life would be so much easier.”  Why don’t you find out what your best people have in common?  High Performance Modelling is a research project in which you identify your best people, people who:   Do a great job Are cultural exemplars READ MORE The post What do your very best people have in common? appeared first on SACS Consulting...

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  • Here we go with a bit of heresy.  Over the last couple of years we have turned down several invitations to pitch for Mission, Vision and Values projects.  Why?  I don’t like taking money under false pretences. Some time ago I sat down on a rainy Sunday and hunted through the websites of Australia’s top READ MORE The post Mission, vision, values. Not worth the effort. appeared first on SACS Consult...

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  • The press and the Internet is full of stories about the growth of remote work. It seems that for some workers there is a distinct possibility that they will live out their entire careers in their lounge room, their favourite coffee shop or the local library. Of course, not everybody is suited to working remotely. READ MORE The post Five key personality factors for Successful Remote Work. appeared ...

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  • One of my favourite authors is Steven Pinker. I read a fascinating article by him recently where he described a phenomenon he called “The Curse of Knowledge”. Sometimes knowing too much about a subject can get in the way of communicating with people who are not so well informed – you assume that they understand READ MORE The post Are you suffering from the curse of knowledge? appeared first on SAC...

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  • Another outstanding week for the SACS research program. Over the weekend we had the joyous news that an article lead authored by Dr Jeromy Anglim from Deakin University and referred below was accepted for publication by the European Journal of Personality. The European Journal of personality is arguably the most prestigious scientific journal in the READ MORE The post Do people fake psych tests? a...

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  • These are tough times for the poor old performance management system.  We have seen many companies dump them entirely, often due to the advice of Neuro theorists like David Rock who say that performance conversations turn on the amygdala and therefore make people defensive and resistant to learning. I agree with Rock that many performance READ MORE The post Don’t dump your performance management s...

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  • Simon Albrecht from Deakin University and myself recently had the good news that the International Journal of Human Resources will publish an article of ours (Albrecht and Marty, 2017) on characteristics which drive employee engagement. We discovered a range of very valuable findings, which I will write on in future posts, but one of my READ MORE The post Want an engaged workforce? Hire cheerful p...

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  • Employee engagement is an extremely useful organisational advantage. It has been found to be a powerful predictor of internal success factors such as employees’ intention to remain with the organisation, absenteeism, and productivity. In addition it predicts customer and stakeholder satisfaction and correlates highly with commercial outcomes such as profit and revenue growth (Albrecht et READ MORE...

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  • In our consulting activities we are noticing a significant upturn in enquiries for workforce planning related projects. The world is being disrupted and people are responding by deciding to take the future of their workforces into their own hands. Most organisations simply allow their workforces to evolve and workforce planning is a big improvement on READ MORE The post Five Reasons Many Workforce...

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  • I recently came across a very interesting study about mothers’ ideas of the ideal child. They were asked to identify the characteristics they most hoped to see in their children as they grew up. The results were very interesting: Over 50% of the mothers wanted their children to grow up to be extraverts – active, READ MORE The post Even mothers like extraverts more appeared first on SACS Consulting...

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  • A powerful recent trend in recruitment practice is that of “blind recruitment”. In blind recruitment people deidentify recruitment communication from candidates such as covering emails and resumes through removing information such as people’s names or any reference to gender or ethnicity. This has been trialled across the federal public service as well as commercial organisations READ MORE The pos...

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  • This is another tip from the world of resilience research. If ever you find yourself feeling sad, stressed or perhaps even oppressed a good way of tackling these feelings is to undertake “random acts of kindness”, even to total strangers. It is very natural when the weight of the world is on our shoulders to READ MORE The post Feeling sad or stressed? Do something generous. appeared first on SACS ...

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  • The secret of life is what you focus on.  It is amazing how many outcomes in a person’s life are affected by where they direct their attention.  In every event we encounter we can direct our attention to:   Emotions or outcomes Past or future Negativity or positivity Frustrations or blessings Just to mention a READ MORE The post Are you grateful or frustrated? appeared first on SACS Consulting.

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  • Much has been made in recent times of the Authentic Leadership trend.  The first time I heard the term it raised an interesting question. What if you are authentically a bad person? Calm down, lovers of authentic leadership, I know that some strands of the authentic leadership movement focus on appointing ethical, honest people to READ MORE The post Sometimes leaders need to be inauthentic appeare...

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  • If you are interested, our free 2 hour session on “Have you hired a Psychopath lately” is running shortly, click here to register. One of the ways in which people’s personalities differ from one another is the dimension of Emotionality, sometimes referred to as Neuroticism. Everyone on earth is somewhere on a continuum from highly READ MORE The post If you hire neurotics make sure that they are co...

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  • I saw a fascinating article recently in http://theconversation.com/au dealing with the benefits of negative emotions such as sadness.  If bad moods become too severe or persistent then they can represent clinical issues such as depression, but a little emotional discomfort now and then can help you. Forgas (eg. 2001) and others have researched the effect READ MORE The post Bad moods can be good fo...

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  • Have you ever noticed that some people seem to cope better with negative experiences – to bounce back?  Resilience, like most things in life, has a genetic component and an acquired component.  Personality is heavily genetically determined and is a good predictor of how likely a person is to be resilient and cope well with READ MORE The post Why are some people more resilient? appeared first on SA...

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  • Our Change Management Masterclass is running this Friday. It’s pretty full but there may be a spot or two left if you are interested – email here. One of the key messages I give in this program is the neurological impact of certain terminology during the change process. For instance, talking about “change” causes an READ MORE The post If You Want to Make Change Happen Don’t Call It “Change” appear...

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