Beat Generosity Burnout

Generosity has a dark side: If we don’t put boundaries around it, we run the risk of burning ourselves out-and hurting the people we’re trying to help . Though we want a workforce of givers, not takers, the givers need to rein themselves in for everyone’s sake. Find out how to do that by joining HBR for this weeklong series with Wharton’s Adam Grant and Reb Rebele. It includes a new feature article about how to help others more effectively, a video explaining the research, audio “postcards” from leaders who get how to give, a self-assessment, and more.Read More

The Bright Side of Being Prosocial at Work, and the Dark Side, Too

More than a quarter century ago, organizational scholars began to explore the implications of prosociality in organizations. Three interrelated streams have emerged from this work, which focus on prosocial motives (the desire to benefit others or expend effort out of concern for others), prosocial behaviors (acts that promote/protect the welfare of individuals, groups, or organizations), and prosocial impact (the experience of making a positive difference in the lives of others through one’s work). Prior studies have highlighted the importance of prosocial motives, behaviors, and impact, and have enhanced our understanding of each of them.Read More