It Pays To Be Nice!
Helping out not only gets you lots of friends and thanks but might get you a higher salary too.
Cynics might say it pays to look after No 1 but this simple experiment carried out in Holland seems to suggest that because we are social animals having a reputation for being a good team player and willing to help out actually increases your chances of being recruited. Also it seems the starting salary offered could be higher too.
Doesn't really surprise me though!
Getting The Best Deal?
Get some training.
Whenever I went on a negotiation skills course of some sort I always wondered what was the point unless both me and the buyer were similarly trained.
Seems I'm not the only one; this study set out to test what happens if only one person is trained in negotiation.
The bottom line is that so long as the SELLER is trained you should end up with a better deal than if neither of you are.
Open Plan v Enclosed Space
For years the debate over the best use of space has favoured open plan, not because workers prefer it but because it looks as though it makes most efficient use of space. The clincher though was sold as being better for encouraging communication between workers.
This study (from the USA) concludes, "Our results categorically contradict the industry-accepted wisdom that open-plan layout enhances communication between colleagues and improves occupants' overall work environmental satisfaction,".