Displays of ethical conduct linked to abusive behavior in bosses

first_imgThe study, online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, is called “When ethical leader behavior breaks bad: How ethical behavior can turn abusive via ego depletion and moral licensing.” Moral licensing is a phenomenon in which people, after doing something good, feel they have earned the right to act in a negative manner.“Ironically, when leaders felt mentally fatigued and morally licensed after displays of ethical behavior, they were more likely to be abusive toward their subordinates on the next day,” said Johnson, an expert on the psychology of the workplace.Johnson and MSU students Szu-Han Lin and Jingjing Ma surveyed 172 supervisors over a several-day period in various industries including retail, education, manufacturing and health care. The goal: examine the consequences of ethical behavior for the leaders who exhibited it.Johnson said it’s not easy to be ethical, as it turns out. “Being ethical means leaders often have to suppress their own self-interest (they must do ‘what’s right’ as opposed to ‘what’s profitable’), and they have to monitor not only the performance outcomes of subordinates but also the means (to ensure that ethical/appropriate practices were followed).”Ethical behavior led to mental fatigue and moral licensing, and this led to leaders being more abusive to their workers. The abuse included ridiculing, insulting and expressing anger toward employees, giving them the silent treatment and reminding them of past mistakes or failures.To combat mental fatigue, Johnson said managers should build in time for breaks during the workday; get sufficient sleep; eat healthy and exercise; and unplug from work outside of the office (which includes shutting off the smart phone at night).Dealing with moral licensing is trickier, as there is not much research on the subject. However, Johnson suggested companies could consider formally requiring ethical behavior. “If such behavior is required, then it’s more difficult for people to feel they’ve earned credit for performing something that is mandatory,” he said. “A sense of moral license is more likely when people feel they voluntarily or freely exhibited the behavior.”Ethical behavior could also be formally rewarded with social praise or money. But the praise or bonus should come relatively soon after the ethical behavior in order to counteract the moral licensing, Johnson said. LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what’s right, as opposed to what’s profitable?If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day.New research on leader behavior by Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, suggests ethical conduct leads to mental exhaustion and the “moral licensing” to lash out at employees.center_img Share on Facebook Email Pinterestlast_img read more

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Maersk Satisfied with Results

first_imgDanish shipping giant Maersk Line delivered a profit of USD 685m, improving by USD 131m compared to Q3 2013, according to the third quarter results of the Maersk Group.Maersk said that the improvement was driven by lower unit costs through the continuous focus on operational cost savings mainly from vessel network efficiencies supported by an increase in the average freight rate.Return on invested capital (ROIC) improved from 10.9% in Q3 2013 to 13.5% in Q3 2014. The underlying result excluding one-offs came at USD 660m (USD 539m).Revenue of USD 7.1bn was 4.3% higher than Q3 2013, positively impacted by a volume increase of 3.7% to 2,401k FFE as well as by the average freight rate increasing 0.9% to 2,679 USD/FFE.Recognised freight revenue was USD 6.5bn (USD 6.1bn) and other revenue USD 599m (USD 662m). According to the report, unit cost decreased by 0.9% to 2,597 USD/FFE mainly driven by vessel network efficiencies and decreased bunker consumption.Maersk Line’s nominal fleet capacity increased by 6.3% and the average vessel size increased by 5.6% compared to Q3 2013. Idle capacity at the end of Q3 2014 was 1k TEU (one vessel) versus 24k TEU (seven vessels) at the end of Q3 2013. Maersk Line’s idle capacity corresponds to less than 1% of total idle capacity in the marketEight Triple-E vessels totalling 144k TEU are on order for delivery during 2014-2015. One Triple-E container vessel suited for the Asia-Europe trade will be delivered during Q4 2014.The global market showed moderate growth of above 3% in Q3 2014 compared to Q3 2013, slightly lower than demand growth during the first half of 2014.Maersk added that the global demand is currently being led by advanced economies while imports to emerging countries are slowing down. At the end of Q3 2014, the global container vessel fleet were at 18m TEU, an increase of 5.4% compared to a year ago.While 367k TEU (53 vessels) were delivered during Q3 2014, only 44k TEU (30 vessels) were sent for demolition and idling was as low as 1.2% at the end of the quarter.New ordering amounted to around 300k TEU (36 vessels), keeping the order book close to 20% of the fleet.The underlying profit for the Maersk Group was USD 1.3bn when excluding discontinued operations, impairments and divestments, Maersk said in its interim report.“We are very satisfied with the result for the 3rd quarter of 2014 where we achieved an underlying profit of USD 1.3bn, driven by operational improvements in Maersk Line, Maersk Oil and APM Terminals. Looking at the first nine months, the Group’s underlying result has improved by USD 729m, equalling 25 percent, compared to same period last year. We are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities materialising in a volatile macroeconomic environment, and despite some caution in relation to the market outlook for the coming quarters, we maintain our outlook for the Group result to be around USD 4.5bn for the year,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Skanska signs NKr1·34bn Vestfold line contract

first_imgNORWAY: Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has awarded Skanska a NKr1·34bn contract to build a 9 km section of a new 23·5 km alignment between Farriseidet and Porsgrunn suitable for 250 km/h running.The double-track line will replace the existing 35 km line which is only suitable for low speeds. The project forms part of the Vestfold line upgrade intended to reduce journey times between Oslo and Skien. The contract was signed on April 22, and work is expected to commence in June for completion in August 2016. It is the third of four contracts for construction of new line, and Jernbaneverket expects to sign the final contract in August.last_img

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Cultural activities to headline Francophonie Month

first_img Tweet Director of the Alliance Francaise, Carol BogdanovsckyThe Alliance Francaise de la Dominique will stage two main cultural events as part of activities to commemorate Francophonie Month, celebrated annually in March.A contemporary dance show from Guadeloupe on Sunday March 9th and a theatrical play on March 24th at the Arawak House of Culture at a cost of EC$20.00 per ticket are the main events.The contemporary dance is a show, according to director of the Alliance Francaise Carol Bogdanovscky, questions the creole identity. The award-winning dance was born from an encounter between a choreographer and a stage designer, who created as a reflection of their life journey. It will commence at 8pm and tickets are available at the Arawak House of Culture as well as the Alliance Franciase.The theatrical play by deceased French writer, Aime Cesaire entitled “Notebook Of A Return To My Native Land” is the second cultural event which will commence from 7pm on Sunday, March 24th.Dr. Alwin BullyCesaire has been described as “one of the most important writers of the 21st Century” and a “true Caribbean person” by Dominican play writer Dr. Alwin Bully.“He was responsible for an entire movement basically which was called negritude in the years when he was studying in Paris…and sowed the seeds of the black power movement,” Dr. Bully noted.He also encouraged the youth and students to attend this play as it is a way for them to get exposure to theatrical plays.It will be performed by renowned French actor, Jacques Martial, and although spoken in French, there will be English subtitles displayed on a screen.Among other activities to mark Francophonie Month is an international food fair on Sunday March 17th at the Alliance Francaise. It being staged to “highlight food and cultural heritage between Dominica and France”, Ms. Bogdanovscky said.Among other activities to commemorate the month are French Day, an Exposition, Primary Schools French Festival and a Mademoiselle Francophonie pageant.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Cultural activities to headline Francophonie Month by: – March 1, 2013 Sharecenter_img Share Share 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Baffled at comments made by the US Ambassador

first_imgDear Editor,On October 6, 2017, the Guyana Chronicle in an article captioned “GECOM not in crisis” quoted US Ambassador Perry Holloway as saying with respect to the absence of a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) “that while a Chairman should be named soonest, in the interest of the people, there is no crisis situation…I don’t think we are at a crisis point yet.”Of the procedure for appointing a Chairman, Ambassador Holloway said “There is a process and it is dictated by law and regulation in Guyana. I think the process is largely being followed.” These are interesting comments from Ambassador Holloway. With respect to his comments on the process, I am baffled that this gentleman, who could not be heard to say that he is unaware of the ruling of Chief Justice Roxane George which shredded earlier legally unfounded positions of President Granger with respect to the appointment process of a Chairman for GECOM, could say the process is largely being followed.For example, Ambassador Holloway must be aware that President Granger had openly expressed his preference for the appointment of a Judge as the Chairman of GECOM. Justice George negated this contention as well as the President’s contention that a mixed list of “fit and proper persons” and persons who the President in the exercise of perhaps both legal and moral judgment, considered not to be “fit and proper” did not allow him ample breadth of consideration for the selection of a Chairman for GECOM. The decision of the Chief Justice demonstrates in no uncertain manner that the President was hopelessly wrong in the way he approached the selection process of a Chairman for GECOM and that his erroneous views on the relevant article of the Constitution resulted in considerable and unnecessary delay in that appointment. How in these circumstances can Ambassador Holloway say that the procedure is largely being followed?Then, in the circumstances which obtain at GECOM, Ambassador Holloway says there is no crisis at GECOM. My first observation in relation to his remarks was that Ambassador Holloway appear to be speaking on behalf of GECOM.The Stabroek News, in its October 16, 2017 edition reported Chief Election Officer Lowenfield as saying that the absence of a Chairman at GECOM “was undoubtedly affecting the operations of GECOM” and that “the absence of a constitutionally-required chairperson, no doubt will impede on the smooth processes of the agency.”Commissioner of GECOM Sase Gunraj supported the views expressed by Lowenfield. He said Commissioners of GECOM were frustrated in their roles because of the non-appointment of a Chairman for GECOM.These comments from these GECOM officials openly contradict the statements of Ambassador Holloway who is to be seen as having put his foot in his mouth on this issue. What excited my thoughts and provided justification for the view that Ambassador Holloway was speaking on matters that were not really his to make, was the Ambassador’s comment that “I don’t think WE are at a crisis point yet.” What entitles Ambassador Holloway to speak of “we” in relation to GECOM?The United States Government openly facilitated the People’s National Congress (PNC) into government and then turned a blind eye to the PNC’s electoral malpractices by which they continually imposed themselves into government for nearly three decades.The United States Government in the past did not understand or did not care about the nature of the PNC beast it was dealing with. The beast has returned as the Trojan Horse – the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), and the people of Guyana are once again facing Burnhamism which translates into corruption and racism. Ambassador Holloway, by his recent comments seems more than ready to prop and support this faltering, bungling, inept APNU/Alliance for Change coalition Government. I politely refer him to the Stabroek News editorial of October 16, 2017, which stated “As in many other areas: the Integrity Commission, the code of conduct, the Local Government Commission and constitutional reform, the Government has failed to deliver good governance.”Thousands of people in this country concur with those views. Please Mr Ambassador, the people of Guyana are now more discerning than in the sixties. Try to demonstrate the required neutrality expected from your office.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

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Clarke Carlisle discusses his Leeds exit and how he got revenge on Ken Bates

first_imgClarke Carlise has told talkSPORT of his relief after leaving Leeds United in 2005 and how he got one over on then-chairman Ken Bates.He joined the West Yorkshire club in 2004, months after their relegation from the Premier League, and went on to make 35 appearances, even contributing four goals.A financially-stricken United side finished 14th in the Championship and, in the following summer, new boss Kevin Blackwell allowed Carlisle to move to Watford, where he signed a three-year deal.“It was about rescuing my sanity, self-worth and my value,” the former defender told My Sporting Life of his move to Vicarage Road.“I went down to Watford, get there and get a bouquet of flowers from Ken Bates, who is the [Leeds] chairman. This bouquet of flowers says: ‘Good luck at Watford, you’ll need it.’“[I’m thinking] oh, alright that was a bit touché Ken but we’ll take that.“You’ve got to bear in mind Leeds put a clause in the contract – which I have never seen before or since on a permanent transfer – that I can’t play against them the following season. So in the two league fixtures – and when we come to meet them in the play-off final – I wasn’t allowed to play.”Rather typically, Blackwell’s Leeds finished in fifth place while Aidy Boothroyd’s Hornets were third and the two sides would meet again in Wales, battling for promotion to the top flight.Carlisle, who made 32 league appearances that season, continued: “As luck would have it, I was injured for the play-off final anyway, so I couldn’t play.“Play-off final, Millennium Stadium, Watford v Leeds, we battered them.“I was in my suit in the stand but we battered them. I’d never been so happy.“I sent a bouquet of flowers to Ken Bates that said: ‘Good luck without the parachute payments, you’ll need it.’ Karma.”Clarke Carlisle sat down with talkSPORT’s Danny Kelly to discuss the highs and lows of his career, his personal life and more. Listen to My Sporting Life on Sunday (July 16) from 10pm.last_img read more

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College welding program certified

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.More than 60 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing, with jobs focusing on fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery for agriculture and construction and mining. At the same time, qualified welders are in short supply across the country, and employers are having difficulties hiring people with these job skills, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, the field will see more positions open in the next 10 years as a large number of today’s welders retire. Baber said the testing allows students to become certified in different types of welding and opens more doors to employment. “Our students can now go anywhere in the world to get work and advance their careers,” he said. VALENCIA – The American Welding Society has recognized College of the Canyons with national accreditation. The designation allows the community college to serve as an accredited testing facility. “This is as good as it gets,” said Tim Baber, chairman of the college’s Welding Technology Program. “It really expands upon the certification choices students have.” Baber said students who pass the organization’s welding certification exams are more likely to find work and, in the end, can earn higher wages. Starting this month, the school is offering new courses in pipe welding. The classes join a host of other existing courses in welding technology, metal sculpturing and weld inspecting. To qualify for the certified program, the college’s Welding Technology Department passed an extensive audit and accreditation process, Baber said. Fall classes at College of the Canyons will begin Aug. 28. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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