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Professor Discusses Link Between Support and Employee Performance Nationally

Posted on March 28, 2014.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 28, 2014 – Dr. Sarah Nielsen, assistant professor of human relations at HPU, recently presented her research on workplace relationships at two national conferences for the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science.

Nielsen’s research focuses on the intricacies of workplace relationships and their importance for task performance and organizational citizenship behaviors. She found the more supported employees feel by their organization the more likely they are to put effort toward the organization’s mission. She also found that if an employee believes their supervisor supports them, they will interpret it as broader organizational support, and that feeling of support often improves a company’s bottom line.

Nielsen says she integrates her research findings into her classes at HPU.

“Effectively navigating the dynamics of workplace relationships is a fundamental learning objective of the Human Relations major and a necessary skill for all employees, particularly those seeking entrance into the marketplace,” says Nielsen.

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