Is your pro-active behaviour annoying your boss?

Pro-active behaviour may not always be welcomed, research shows, depending on whether an employee is seen to be serving their own interests, or those of the organisation.

Empowering people may be a catch-cry of chief executives and managers. However, while employees who take initiative and assist their workmates can make a big difference, their pro-active behaviour is not always recognised or rewarded by their supervisors.

Not all employees "get credit” for pro-active behaviour, new research shows. Typically, what prompts an individual to take gung-ho initiative is the anticipation of improving oneself or the environment. But the outcome – whether or not pro-active efforts are welcomed – may depend on whether individuals are perceived to be acting in their own interests. Read more