Don’t compete — collaborate

Look for ways to collaborate with your coworkers rather than compete with them. When workplaces get competitive, people start to lose sight of what is ethical and unethical.

They become focused on helping their team win at all costs, which can blind them to the ethical consequences of their behavior. 

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Are You Too Loyal to Your Organization?

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The Benefits of Being Loyal

When employees are loyal, both they and their organizations benefit. Loyal employees tend to have stronger bonds with others because of loyalty’s “binding effect.” These strong bonds are important for cooperation and the pursuit of shared organizational goals.

In addition, being loyal to your employer can improve your own performance, reduce job-related stress, and open up new opportunities.

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Loyalty can also foster unethical behavior if not managed.

For instance, research has shown that employees that are too loyal to their organizations are less likely to blow the whistle on corruption. They feel that they are part of a community and want to protect that community, which can mean overlooking wrongdoing.

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When something looks or feels wrong, say something to your colleagues or managers. Although your loyalty to your organization may lead you to worry about “rocking the boat,” remember that silence is often what enables wrongdoing to continue.

If you have already established your loyalty at work, you are likely someone who the organization trusts and values.

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Using A/B testing for employee incentives

Marketers use A/B tests to set different call-to-action messages against another or find which of two messages will cause the most sales on an e-commerce site.

Managers can also use A/B tests for other things, such as designing the best way to motivate employees. A single A/B test can provide a significant amount of information about how employees will respond to several incentive strategies.

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Rejected Internal Candidates End Up Quitting

In most cases, internal job applicants who are rejected end up quitting: research indicates they are nearly two times as likely to leave their organizations compared to those who were either hired for an internal job or had not applied for a new job at all.

The lost productivity and talent, combined with the costs of finding replacements for these employees, is often substantial.

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Research: Why Rejected Internal Candidates End Up Quitting

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Remembering Faces

Forgetting the face of someone we have met once seems normal compared to being able to remember the face of someone after years.

  • A Super-Recognizer is a person with a gift of remembering a face for a long time, often infinitely. These kinds of people were discovered in 2009, and make up about 2 percent of the population.
  • On the other end of the spectrum are the prosopagnosics (people with face blindness) who cannot recognize even familiar faces like their own face.

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Are You Good at Recognizing Faces?

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