blog posts For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study says May 7, 2018 9:00 am1012 views Workplace violence is an endemic problem for front-line health care workers in Illinois, says new research from U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog. Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone polling Feb 15, 2018 10:00 am978 views Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percent Mar 9, 2017 8:45 am977 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois. Paper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’ Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am977 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois. Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security? May 17, 2017 9:30 am970 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights. Paper: Higher financial incentives for crowdsourced delivery workers can improve service Nov 21, 2019 8:45 am968 views Targeted financial incentives can increase the service capacity of crowdsourced delivery workers without incurring additional costs for retailers, according to new research co-written by Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Paper: Pandemic-fueled job losses exacerbating preexisting inequalities among workers Jun 4, 2020 8:15 am958 views Although workers of all demographics have experienced job losses due to COVID-19, workers who belong to more disadvantaged groups – women, racial and ethnic minorities, younger people and the less educated – have been disproportionately affected by unemployment, according to new research co-written by Eliza Forsythe, a professor of labor and employment relations and of economics at Illinois. Expert: Abolish partisan elections for Illinois judges Aug 22, 2016 9:30 am950 views With popularly elected judges, political influence pervades and taints Illinois courts, said U. of I. legal expert Michael LeRoy. Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar says Jun 28, 2004 9:00 am940 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Far from imposing an unreasonable burden on corporate America, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has not tackled the core accounting conflicts that led to investor losses at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, according to an expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Women, minority representation on Illinois corporate boards lags, study says Mar 25, 2021 8:30 am935 views A new report from labor and employment relations professors Richard A. Benton and Eunmi Mun shows women and nonwhite minorities remain largely underrepresented as corporate board members in the state of Illinois relative to the state’s demographics and their respective industries, but also highlights several promising policies and practices that firms can adopt to help reduce the disparity. For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievement Nov 12, 2018 9:15 am934 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois. Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgery Feb 18, 2020 8:30 am930 views Robot-assisted surgery is a major advancement in minimally invasive surgical care delivery, making it imperative for hospitals to codify policies that leverage the quality benefits while managing the cost, says Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care. Workplace discrimination claims fare poorly in arbitration, study says Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am929 views Employee discrimination claims largely received worse outcomes in arbitration than other work-related disputes such as wrongful termination or breach of contract, according to new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Study: Personalized promotion a potential 'win-win' for retailers, consumers Sep 26, 2019 10:00 am923 views “Personalized promotion” is a potentially lucrative opportunity for retailers to extract even more money from consumer wallets that also enhances customer satisfaction, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense right Aug 15, 2005 9:00 am922 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense. To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds Oct 4, 2017 10:15 am912 views The best way to reward creativity is not with social-recognition awards such as plaques or other plaudits. According to published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois, it’s all about the money. New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am902 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012. Paper: Work-refusal safety laws serve employees poorly during pandemic May 4, 2021 8:00 am899 views Current work-refusal laws are out-of-step with modern workplaces and provide meager benefits to employees who decline to work when faced with risks involving chemicals, radiation and other microscopic or invisible hazards such as COVID-19, says research from Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. What's next for pension reform in Illinois? May 21, 2015 12:15 pm891 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expert State workers in Illinois underpaid, new study finds Mar 11, 2013 9:00 am887 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A comparison of public sector workers in Illinois with their peers in the private sector shows a general wage and salary penalty for state and local government employees, according to research by a University of Illinois labor expert. Paper: 'Autonomous help-seeking' on the job pays dividends for workers Oct 6, 2021 8:00 am880 views Different types of help-seeking at work have disparate interpersonal costs and benefits for competency measures on the job, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts. Paper: Perception of COVID-19 vulnerability hurts job prospects Sep 15, 2021 8:00 am854 views Job seekers’ perceived risk of contracting and falling seriously ill from COVID-19 may take a significant mental health toll and ultimately affect their ability to secure employment, says new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. Paper: Workload affects operational risk at commercial banks May 21, 2018 8:45 am852 views Under a low-workload scenario, bank employees tend to take performance-enhancing risks. But in a high-workload scenario, employees make more errors due to multitasking, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomes Aug 15, 2019 8:30 am851 views In new product design, connecting with an end user’s heart, rather than their head, can lead to more original and creative outcomes, says published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois and an expert in product development and marketing. Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputes Nov 18, 2019 8:00 am850 views A worker who retains legal counsel to litigate a workplace dispute in arbitration doesn’t account for the potentially countervailing effect of employers hiring their own legal counsel, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Paper: Emotionally appealing ads may not always help consumer memory Jan 7, 2021 8:15 am848 views Emotional appeals in advertisements may not always help improve consumers’ immediate recall of a product, says a new paper co-written by Hayden Noel, a clinical associate professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Can Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage? Jul 20, 2020 8:00 am848 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert. New book explores lessons learned from the ‘bottom up’ in subsistence marketplaces Jul 28, 2016 9:15 am845 views A new book by Madhu Viswanathan, the Diane and Steven N. Miller Professor in Business at Illinois, explores the author’s personal journey as a scholar studying people living in poverty as well as how the impoverished function in the marketplace as consumers and entrepreneurs. Who wins and who loses in MLB labor dispute? Mar 2, 2022 10:00 am844 views The current MLB lockout is already shaping up to be the most pivotal labor dispute in the sport since the mid-1990s, which means fans should prepare for the likelihood of more canceled games, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Study: Domestic control of COVID-19 takes priority over international travel bans Aug 11, 2021 8:00 am842 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist Yilan Xu says taming domestic transmission of COVID-19 ought to be prioritized over international travel bans. Will pre-pandemic office life ever make a comeback? Aug 29, 2022 8:00 am841 views As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and remote work gradually turns into hybrid work, organizations will pay close attention to which workers and occupations function well in a hybrid-work arrangement, said Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who studies the relationship between work, family and health. Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplace Mar 14, 2018 9:00 am833 views The NFL has reflected the changing dynamics of the modern U.S. workplace due to the football-workplace connection that was forged during the sport’s early years, said Daniel A. Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and an expert who studies the cultural and labor history of sports. Research: Materialism makes bad events even worse Nov 25, 2013 9:00 am827 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to its already well-documented negative direct effects on a person's well-being, materialism also wields an indirect negative effect by making bad events even worse, according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values. Paper: Sharp decline in women's labor force participation in Illinois due to COVID-19 May 14, 2021 8:00 am825 views The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing child care crisis that disproportionately impacted and continues to affect working women, says Alison Dickson, a senior instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. U. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of Business Jun 30, 2015 9:15 am817 views Jeffrey R. Brown, the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance, has been named the 10th dean of the College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees. Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study says Jun 2, 2010 9:00 am804 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology. Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study says Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am780 views Four factors account for public health messages accruing retweets on Twitter, says research co-written by U. of. I. social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin and a team of U. of I. graduate students. How long could Illinois' budget impasse last? Dec 10, 2015 10:30 am776 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs Co-worker interventions can moderate customer sexual harassment in service industry Oct 19, 2021 8:00 am771 views Service-industry workers can be shielded from customer sexual harassment via bystander interventions from their fellow employees, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts who study occupational stress and employee well-being. Study: One-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for different markets Aug 13, 2013 9:00 am767 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When evaluating the performance of a brand in a certain territory, it might be more appropriate to evaluate it against its local competitors as opposed to its performance in other territories, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in business strategy. Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership Aug 25, 2014 9:00 am763 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology. Nudges for default decisions influenced by time constraints, study says May 19, 2021 8:00 am760 views The default option is an easy way to “nudge” people toward a decision, but new research co-written by University of Illinois Distinguished Fellow in psychology Benjamin X. White finds that time constraints can play an important role in influencing decisions. Will unionization push among retail workers continue in 2022? Dec 10, 2021 2:00 pm733 views The unionization of a Starbucks store is a potential watershed moment for organized labor and reflects changes to the underlying conditions impacting the balance of power between capital and labor, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno. Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries Feb 19, 2019 9:00 am726 views A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, says new research from Don Fullerton, a Gutgsell Professor of Finance at Illinois and a scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Paper: STEM skills gap modest among IT help desk workers Feb 18, 2021 8:00 am716 views The incidence of prolonged hiring difficulties for workers with science and technology backgrounds is consistent with persistent hiring frictions and not a “skills gap” in the labor market for information technology help desk workers, one of the largest computer occupations in the U.S., says new research by U. of I. labor professor Andrew Weaver. Paper: 'Paradox brands' hold strong appeal for bicultural consumers Dec 1, 2021 8:00 am715 views “Paradox brands” – that is, brands that can straddle contradictory meanings or possess opposing characteristics – are more appealing to bicultural consumers in the U.S. than traditional singular-meaning brands, says new research co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business professor and consumer marketing expert Maria A. Rodas. Multiple job duties yield multiple benefits for workers, U. of I. expert says Jun 2, 2008 9:00 am710 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Worn thin from wearing too many hats at work? New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century America Dec 4, 2017 9:00 am702 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog. Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online ads May 18, 2017 12:00 pm700 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study. Paper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cue Apr 4, 2017 8:00 am699 views A simple cue can trigger a marked increase in fraud detection among veteran auditors, says a new study co-written by business professors Jessen L. Hobson and Mark Peecher.