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Executive in Residence Ron May teaching course at Oakland University

February 14, 2019


Ron May, an Executive in Residence at the Center for Positive Organizations, developed and currently teaches a course titled “Leadership Principles and Positive Engagement” at Oakland University. May describes his class as, “a course that is envisioned to take practical leadership issues and provide insight and understanding to the participant as to the underlying attributes […]

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Giving workers a ‘voice’ improves retention

February 12, 2019


New research from Professor Ach Adhvaryu demonstrates a win-win for companies and employees Giving low-wage workers a “voice” on the job — the ability to communicate concerns to management — is believed to improve employee satisfaction and retention. Now a new paper supports this theory using a field-based, randomized, controlled trial — the most rigorous […]

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Fostering social change at work takes more than money

February 7, 2019


Professor David Mayer and colleagues explore how employees can most effectively influence companies More workplaces are being asked to use their considerable economic impact to address social issues from health care to the environment, and how management is asked to help makes a difference, says a University of Michigan researcher. “Employees often care about social […]

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Mari Kira, Stacey Scimeca interviewed by Ross Human Capital Club

January 29, 2019


Mari Kira and Stacey Scimeca represented the Center for Positive Organizations in an interview, “The Heartbeat of Human Capital: Q&A with the Center for Positive Organizations,” for the Ross Human Capital Club. Throughout the Q&A session, Kira and Scimeca discussed the purpose and goals of the Center, best practices for Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and […]

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Rural-to-Urban Migration Project earns poverty solutions grant

January 25, 2019


In developing countries, there are significant wage gaps between men and women, and between rural and urban workers. A Michigan Ross professor has a plan to help rural women in India transition into better-paying urban jobs, and this effort is among nine new projects funded by the U-M Poverty Solutions initiative. Professor Ach Adhvaryu and […]

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Menlo Innovations featured in Forbes

January 25, 2019


Menlo Innovations was featured in a Forbes article titled, “Why Menlo Innovations Relies On Employees To Decide Who Gets Promoted.” The article highlights their unconventional, but provenly effective way of organizing, hiring, and promoting their employees. Menlo Innovations was one of five organizations named an Example of Excellence in the 2017 Positive Business Project. Menlo […]

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Michelle Segar discusses exercise research with NPR

January 23, 2019


In a recent NPR article titled, “From Couch Potato To Fitness Buff: How I Learned To Love Exercise,” Michelle Segar debunks preconceived notions of what actually defines “exercise.” “The research does now show that basically all movement counts, and anything is better than nothing,” Segar tells NPR. She offers suggestions as to how you can […]

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Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in WSJ about ‘corporate reorgs’

January 23, 2019


Gretchen Spreitzer offered her advice on how to persevere through a company’s organizational restructuring in a recent Wall Street Journal story, “How to Navigate Yet Another Office Shakeup.” Spreitzer tells the Wall Street Journal that, “keeping your résumé up-to-date and maintaining an active network of contacts outside work can lend confidence during a reorg,” especially if […]

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Barbara Fredrickson featured in NBC article

January 22, 2019


Barbara Fredrickson discusses the well-known, and often frustrating, negativity bias in an NBC article titled, “We’re wired for negativity. Here’s how to keep small setbacks from ruining your day.” Throughout the article, she offers suggestions as to how to curb the glooming effects of the negativity bias so you can avoid ruining your entire day […]

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O.C. Tanner pens Forbes op-ed about building successful workplace cultures

January 18, 2019


In the Forbes post, “Six Things To Build a Successful Workplace Culture and One To Tolerate,” O.C. Tanner shares the results of a study they conducted that defines the six “fundamental building blocks” of a great workplace culture: purpose, opportunity, success, appreciation, well-being, and leadership. O.C. Tanner is a member of the Center’s Positive Organizations […]

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Atomic Object named one of Forbes ‘Small Giant’

January 17, 2019


Grand Rapids-based consortium member Atomic Object was named one of Forbes’ top 25 Small Giants of 2018. According to the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Forbes’ Small Giants are “small companies focused on being of great caliber, rather than just great in size.” The GRBJ explains that, among other factors, Small Giants are chosen because of […]

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Root receives Great Place to Work certification

January 16, 2019


Congratulations to Root Inc. on earning a Great Place to Work certification from the Great Places to Work Institute. They were certified because of their “high-trust, high-performance workplace culture,” according to this press release. Root Inc. is member of the Center’s Positive Organizations Consortium, the preeminent peer-to-peer learning and networking cooperative designed to enhance the […]

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