Aired: March 2, 2018

The Golden Age of Flattery

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  • Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy (13 min.)

    With: Mark Parker (James Madison University) and Deborah Parker (University of Virginia)

    These days, particularly in Washington, brownnosing seems to be the new norm. We talk with the authors of Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy.

  • Mindful Managers (7 min.)

    With: Christopher Reina (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    A new study supports the conventional wisdom that employees leave their managers rather than their companies. Christopher Reina says managers who practice mindfulness are better able to retain talent.

  • Evaluating Values and Personality (8 min.)

    With: Laura Leduc (James Madison University)

    How do personality and values influence work outcomes like motivation, decision-making, and performance?

  • Telework: Connect or Disconnect? (11 min.)

    With: Kevin Rockmann (George Mason University)

    Could the end of telework be near? Kevin Rockmann’s research indicates that having a number of people work off-site can have a negative impact on the folks who do come into the office everyday.

  • Workplace Saboteurs (6 min.)

    With: Rachel Frieder (Old Dominion University)

    Have you had a colleague who is disinterested, destructive, or even undermining? Rachel Frieder studies these workplace saboteurs.

  • The Dark Side of Creativity (7 min.)

    With: Gayle Dow (Christopher Newport University)

    Gayle Dow looks at malevolently creative people who are constantly thinking of new ways to create havoc and do us harm.

  • All Alone at the Office

    Working from home might sound like an ideal arrangement, but teleworking affects those still at the office, too. One Virginia scholar says there are steps we can take to avoid the pitfalls of telework. Lilia Fuquen reports.


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