The people we work with are a great source of inspiration, or demotivate; some fill us with energy, others drain it. These are the results from a study by Gerbasi et. al. (2015) “Destructive de-energizing relationships: How thriving buffers their effect on performance.”

One interesting finding is that people who thrive at work, are less influenced by negative forces. For a summary of the article, look at this article in the NYT.

Finding Ways to Thwart the Jerk at Work

Most of us have days at work when we walk around with a spring in our step and perform our tasks with gusto – and other days when our feet drag and we just can’t seem to get motivated. A new study encourages employees to look more closely at the people around them as one reason for that disparity.


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