The surprising side effect of kissing up at work

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Email LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Kissing up to your boss doesn’t just impact your relationship with your supervisor, it can influence your co-workers, as well.In a new study in The Journal of Applied Psychology, University of Florida researcher Trevor Foulk and David Long from The College of William & Mary looked at how “kissing up” — also known as ingratiation — affected people who witnessed it. They found that newcomers who saw a co-worker kissing up to the boss were more likely to have a positive perception about the supervisor, while other workers’ perceptions were unaffected.“That kind of information is so much more valuable to a newcomer,” Foulk said. “You’re scanning the environment looking for any cue you can get that can help you understand the workplace.” Foulk suspects that new employees are so eager for positive information about their supervisors that they’ll accept information that other employees discount, causing them to interpret attempts at ingratiation as a sign that the boss must be someone worth getting in good with. We typically don’t like ingratiators: When established workers observe this behavior, they tend to discount it. But newcomers really want to know about their supervisors, so they take the exchange as positive information and ignore its unsavory aspects, Foulk said.“If you could sit down with your supervisor for an hour and talk, that would be the best way to form an impression, but we don’t always have that opportunity,” he said. “If we can’t get good information, we’ll settle for what we can get.”In the study, participants watched a video of an employee using different types of ingratiation — compliments, interest in personal life, praise and favors — on a supervisor. After the researchers controlled for age, work experience and social skill, they found that participants who watched interactions that included ingratiation from a subordinate rated the supervisor’s warmth higher than those who watched interactions without it.The positive perception even held when participants were told that the supervisor was unpleasant and ineffective. However, it only applied when the participants imagined that they were new to the job. When participants were told that they were contractors whose term with the company was ending, the positive bump disappeared. The study also found that when employees directly observed the supervisor behaving in a positive manner, the effect of ingratiation became less important.“This study shows that this behavior can affect our impressions of others. If you’re a newcomer and I want you to like the supervisor, I can manage your impression by ingratiating the supervisor in front of you,” he said. “It’s almost like throwing your voice.”last_img read more

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Home Country: Dinkahuahua

first_imgWe knew without being told what a Labradoodle was, of course. It meant that a good retriever got too close to one of those tippy-toe prancing fluffs and now there are puppies that need good homes. We’d been broken in to this world by cockapoos and peekapoos, so a genuine Labradoodle wasn’t that much of a stretch. “You’d get a dinkahuahua, of course.” “Hope it isn’t catching,” Dud said. “A Scottish terrier and a great Dane would produce some Great Scotts,” Dud said. “If one of them Australian dingos got crossed with those little Mexican dogs,” Dud said. We shrugged. The groaning continued for minutes while we got refills. “Well?” “But what would it unlock?” “A litter with an identity crisis? “You take one of them Japanese Akitas,” said a guy from the truckers’ table, “and cross him with a Boston terrier, you’d get Akitaboston.” “OK,” said our waitress, finally succumbing to the downward spiral of waning intellect, “if you had a part saluki, part terrier and crossed it with a part bull mastiffand part Llasa apso, what would you get?” “At least that would sound fairly good in a classified ad,” Doc added, nodding.center_img We looked at him and waited. “No. You’d get a bunch of ap-saluki-terri-bulls.” “This is getting bad … but now that you mention it, what if a half Yorki-half old English sheepdog got interested in a lonely papillon. You’d find yourself with yoroldpappis.” “You send that same corgi on a blind date with a shar-pei,” Dud said, “and you could end up with a bunch of card sharps.” “Labradoodles? Some lady in the city has Labradoodles,” Doc said, putting down the paper. I think that’s when Doc hit him with the napkin. “You know,” Doc said, “if you were to cross Lassie with a Cardigan Welsh corgi, you could get a colling card.” At least it gave us something to talk about over coffee. At least when it was over, no one had suggested a tryst between a shih-tsu and a bulldog. Home CountryBy SLIM RANDLES The waitress was giving us looks like she needed our seats at the counter to be empty. Especially since the dog-combo disease was spreading.last_img read more

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Local Women Gather At IWF Event In Albuquerque

first_imgMembers of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and their guests gathered this afternoon for their annual Christmas party at the Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque. Attending the event from left, Los Alamos Enterprise Bank & Trust President Liddie Martinez, CHRISTUS St. Vincent President/CEO Lillian Montoya, incoming IWF President Yolanda King and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck. Los Alamos members not pictured include Los Alamos Historian Nancy Bartlit and Los Alamos Daily Post Owner/Publisher Carol A. Clark. The IWF was founded in 1989 in Santa Fe. The vision of the founders was to provide opportunities for women leaders in a variety of professions throughout the state to network with peers and counterparts and meet and collaborate with other active female professionals on business, social, cultural and personal issues. Its primary goal is building leadership skills and fostering opportunities to lead and for friendship among members and for future generations of women in the state. Members represent an exciting and wide range of professional  pursuits — directing Fortune 500 companies, composing symphonies, conducting medical research, founding new businesses, managing ranches, leading cities, hosting radio shows, running TV stations and more. Members serve on the highest  judicial courts, preside over universities, promote peace, direct  non-profits, author books and record or make history. The IWF has 64 chapters in 23 nations, on five continents. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Riverhead Officer Saves Two Lives In One Day

first_imgRiverhead police officer Michael Lombardo with the choking victim May 18. Independent/Riverhead Police DepartmentA 25-year veteran of the Riverhead Police Department is being celebrated for saving two lives in separate incidents Sunday.At 3:15 PM May 17, Lombardo was first on the scene on Industrial Boulevard, responding to a call where a man reportedly had his hand trapped underneath his vehicle. Lombardo found the victim in distress with his hand crushed underneath the brake rotor. Police said it appeared the man had taken off his tire when the jack tipped over, causing the vehicle to drop and the brake rotor, which landed directly onto his hand.The Riverhead Fire Department was going to be contacted to assist in removing the vehicle, police said, but Lombardo acted quickly and utilized the same jack to lift the car high enough so the victim could free his hand. The victim was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for his injury. Police said the man was released from the hospital with a broken finger and lacerations to his hand.But that wasn’t all. During the same shift, at 7:21 PM, Riverhead police were called to a report of a man choking inside a home on Hamilton Avenue.Again, police said Lombardo was first on the scene and found the man “actively choking and in distress” on the front porch. The officer ran to the porch and began performing the Heimlich maneuver, and police said the victim started to “become limp from the lack of oxygen.” Police said it took numerous attempts to dislodge what ended up being a piece of chicken.The man was able to eventually breath on his own, and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for further evaluation. The man was released later that evening from the hospital and is doing fine.The Riverhead Police Department said it “would like to acknowledge the excellent work done” by officer Lombardo during the two incidents.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Microbubbles appear set to provide a new boost to the rapidly growing biofuels production sector

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DP World Interested in Russia’s Far East

first_imgDubai-based port operator DP World is interested in investing in Russia’s Far East region, the company’s Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said after a meeting with  Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostok from September 3 to 5.Following the meeting, Putin mandated Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, and Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, to provide DP World with investment facilities and remove any hurdles to its potential business operations in the Far East, as well as to seek to expand collaboration with the company to include other regions of the federation in the future.Bin Sulayem described the meeting with the Russian President as “a precious opportunity” which enabled exploring the existing and future potential of joint cooperation in the port operation and free zone sectors both within this vital region in the far east of the country and across the Russian federation in general.“DP World has got the expertise and resources which position us to be a key player in the execution of Russia’s development plans, particularly for its eastern region’s port and free zone industry,” Bin Sulayem said.Russia’s inaugural Eastern Economic Forum was held to encourage investors to come to and invest in the Far East region of the country – with the Territory of Priority Development and the Free Port of Vladivostok presented as main investment opportunities.The Free Port of Vladivostok is expected to stimulate the economic development of the Russian Far East and the successful integration of Russia into the international economic relations system of the Asia-Pacific region. In December 2014, Putin offered to grant the capital of Primorsky, Vladivostok, the status of a free port with easy customs regime.last_img read more

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Noble lands more semi-sub work but dayrate falls

first_imgOffshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has received a contract extension for a semi-sub rig. However, the rig’s dayrate has been more than halved. According to the driller’s latest fleet status report on Thursday, the 1981-built semi-submersible rig Noble Paul Romano has received a one-well contract extension from Hess from mid-September until mid-December 2016.The rig’s rate was slashed from $304,000 to $128,500. The Noble Paul Romano is operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The report further showed that options for the company’s 2011-built drillship Noble Bully I have lapsed. The rig is under a contract with the oil major Royal Dutch Shell in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.According to Noble, the rig experienced 16 days of operational downtime at zero dayrate for thruster repair in 3Q 2016, previously disclosed as +/‐20 days. The drillship’s contract expiration date is set for mid-March 2017.Noble’s other 2011-built drillship also working for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico, the Noble Globetrotter I, experienced 21 days planned out‐of‐service period at zero dayrate for BSEE required BOP certification and five‐year special periodic survey. This work was planned for early 2017 but was accelerated to accommodate client schedule, the offshore driller explained.The 2013-built jack-up rig Noble Regina Allen has been awarded an accommodation services contract from an undisclosed client for an undisclosed dayrate. The contract is in the UK and will last from mid-October 2016 until mid-April 2017. The contract also includes 3 x 30‐day priced options.The 1980-built jack-up drilling rig Noble Alan Hay, working in the UAE for an undisclosed client, experienced 55 days of operational downtime at zero dayrate for regulatory inspection/maintenance in 3Q 2016, previously disclosed as +/‐60 days. The rig is under a contract until late December 2017.Furthermore, Noble said that its newbuild jack-up rig Noble Lloyd Noble arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday, September 15. The rig was built by Sembcorp Marine and delivered in July this year. It will be deployed at Statoil’s Mariner field development in the UK sector of the North Sea under a four-year charter arrangement.In addition, the 1986-built semi-submersible rig Noble Dave Beard was cold stacked in Singapore.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Hong Kong seeks to allay fears over China relationship

first_imgHong Kong government officials, including a former justice secretary, have said the special administrative region remains ‘fiercely independent’, despite concerns about   growing influence from Beijing.Dennis Kwok, a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council representing the legal constituency, said the ‘one country two’ systems’ model on which Hong Kong has run since 1997 remains ‘perfectly intact’.‘The legal profession is fiercely independent as is our judiciary,’ Kwok said. His views were echoed by former justice secretary Rimsky Yuen who said there is ‘no force’ to the argument that Hong Kong’s jurisdiction is ‘part of China’.Kwok and Yuen were speaking at an event hosted by international law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in which the proposed Belt and Road initiative – and the resulting disputes that may follow – was discussed. Yuen said the fact that those entering arbitration can choose their arbiter, and the fact that Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal has a number of sitting foreign judges should put to bed any speculation from disputing parties that the region is too closely aligned with the mainland.The comments come against a backdrop of uncertainty. Earlier this year, some Hong Kong judges anonymously expressed concern over influence from the mainland.It was also revealed last week that the Hong Kong law society is consulting with foreign firms over changes that would require them to prioritise hiring local lawyers over foreign qualified solicitors. The Gazette understands however that mainland lawyers would be classified as ‘foreign’ under the proposals.Skadden partner Rory McAlpine, part of the firm’s international litigation and arbitration team, asked whether Hong Kong was seen as a ‘next best thing’ for litigating parties in a situation where one side is from the mainland and another from outside. The implication being that the opposing party would be uncomfortable about a dispute being held on the mainland so Hong Kong is settled on as a compromise.At the moment the majority of disputing parties are Chinese nationals.Sarah Grimmer, secretary general at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKAIC), said Hong Kong has always been a connecting jurisdiction but that the HKAIC was hearing more and more international disputes.last_img read more

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GULL NEST REMOVAL SERVICE OFFERED FOR DUMFRIES

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council is now offering to remove gull eggs and nests from residential and commercial premises in Dumfries and Heathhall.Gulls can lay eggs up to 3 times after their eggs have been removed so premises may need to be visited 4 times during the breeding season. The first nests will be removed in mid-May. The Council must have permission from the property owner before it can remove eggs and nests from a property.You can report a gull nest to the Council online at www.dumgal.gov.uk by clicking on the ‘report it’ button .You can report a gull nest by email to environmentalstandards@dumgal.gov.uk or by phone 030 33 33 3000.Please note that it is illegal to capture, injure, poison, shoot or kill gulls or to interfere with their eggs or nests without a licence from the government.last_img read more

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COVID-19 pushes 37 million people into extreme poverty: report

first_imgReport: Chad detects first COVID-19 case Over 70 million people expected to fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19 Tanzania, Seychelles report new COVID-19 casescenter_img TRIPOLI, LIBYA – MARCH 25: Officials carry out disinfection works within coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions at Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli, Libya on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed some 37 million people into extreme poverty, a majority of them in developing countries, a report released on Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows.The Goalkeepers 2020 report shows that after 20 straight years of poverty numbers coming down, the disease has reversed the trend.“The pandemic has pushed almost 37 million people below the 2,000 shillings (1.9 U.S. dollars) a day extreme poverty line. The poverty line for lower-middle-income countries is 3.20 dollars a day, and 68 million people have fallen below that one since last year,” says the report.Apart from fanning poverty, the disease has disrupted food access and exacerbated child and maternal mortality.“Due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, local food markets are less busy and consumers have less money to buy food, which means small-scale farmers are selling and earning less. This is on top of climate stresses that have been getting worse in recent years as well as this year’s locust infestation in East Africa, both of which threaten their livelihoods,” says the report.It adds that COVID-19 is causing more women than men to suffer and die, in large part because the pandemic has disrupted healthcare before, during, and immediately after childbirth.“Preventable, treatable complications such as severe bleeding, infection, and high blood pressure cause the vast majority of maternal deaths. Many healthcare workers who used to manage these emergencies, including experienced nurse-midwives, are being diverted to COVID wards,” says the report.According to the report, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis patients are the other groups that are worst affected by the pandemic, according to the report.“Current evidence shows that people living with HIV are at increased risk of death due to COVID-19. Before COVID-19, there were already three million ‘missing cases’ of TB: people with active TB who didn’t know it and were passing the disease to others while going untreated themselves. Now, that number will grow even larger as people either cannot go to health facilities for diagnosis or choose not to go to avoid the possibility of exposure to COVID-19,” notes the report dubbed COVID-19, A Global Perspective.But many countries have responded to the crisis well, notes the report, investing 18 trillion dollars in economic stimulus proving that the world understands how massive the COVID-19 crisis is.“Many developing countries are doing impressive work on digital cash transfers that put money directly in people’s hands. According to the World Bank, 131 countries have either implemented new programs or expanded existing ones since February, reaching 1.1 billion people,” says the report.In Africa, the eight members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, allowed people to open accounts by text message or telephone and follow up later to verify their identity in person.“More than 8 million West Africans signed up for accounts while their countries were in lockdown,” says the report.Despite the bleak projections, Bill and Melinda Gates describe a path to ending the pandemic and resuming progress toward the Global Goals. In the report, which they co-author every year, they call on the world to collaborate on the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment; manufacture tests and doses as quickly as possible; and deliver these tools equitably based on need rather than the ability to pay.“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us some of the best of humanity: pathbreaking innovation, heroic acts by frontline workers, and ordinary people doing the best they can for their families, neighbors, and communities,” Bill and Melinda Gates write. “This is a shared global crisis that demands a shared global response.”The report makes clear that no single country will be able to meet this challenge alone. Any attempts by one country to protect itself while neglecting others will only prolong the hardships caused by the pandemic. Developing and manufacturing vaccines will not end the pandemic quickly unless they are delivered equitably.Relatedlast_img read more

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