Healthy work-life boundaries and control of communication

Changes in technology in recent years, combined with the rise in working from home, has led to an important challenge: the task of controlling work-related communication and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This article reviews research evidence for (a) the numerous ways 24/7 connectivity affects employees, and (b) the factors that influence their handling of this challenge. It ends with a set of key takeaways.

Speaking Anxiety at Work: Diversity and Situational Influences

Do you – or your employees – feel anxious or fearful about speaking at work? Are there some situations when it feels more difficult than others? Do factors like gender, age, managerial status, and/or race / ethnicity have an influence? Find out about the latest research on these issues.

‘Being yourself’ and workplace relations

Employees are increasingly encouraged to be themselves at work; i.e. to be authentic. Yet recent organisational psychology research, which examined the impact of being yourself on workplace relations and task performance, has sounded a note of caution, questioning whether it is wise in all contexts.

Context and Culture: How context affects the impact of culture, Part 3

Part 3 of a three part series on Context and Culture. In Part 1 and Part 2 we focused on the interactional context – the setting that a communication event takes place in. In fact, the interactional context is just one layer of context. Here I explain the other three levels of context and use a published case study to show how interconnected the levels are.

Context and Culture: How context affects the impact of culture, Part 2

In this Part 2 of the series, we present a framework for understanding the key features of the interactional context as a whole. Communication always takes place in a particular setting. Many features of these settings can be summarised into the notion of a communicative activity that is recognised by others as having a set of familiar features.