According to a study conducted by Career Builder in 2008, 41% of employers reported saying that they were more likely to promote employees who wear professional attire. The then vice president of human resources, Rosemary Haefner stated that “how you dress plays an important role in how others perceive you at work and dressing professionally can help you project a motivated and dedicated image”. Given that today, plain t-shirts, beanies and jeans are common workplace attire, is it “fair” to develop perceptions of folks based on attire? Or do employees just need to adapt to these traditional norms?
According to a USA Today article, many large protests in D.C. history included the 500-600k protesters who demonstrated against the Vietnam War in 1969. In 1963, the Jobs and Freedom protest drew about 250,000 people to D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Most recently, the March for our Lives, which took place on March 24th, 2018, drew a crowd of about 800,000 protesters. On this episode, we reflect on some of the social differences of previous protesters in comparison to today’s, in order to answer the question - what is unique about today’s social movements and its participants?
According to PEW, over the last 50 years, women have improved their position in the labor force, in society and in their economic position. On today’s episode, we discuss some of the progress made by women, where they stand today, according to the latest research, contemporary hindrances to progress, and what the next few decades may look like. All this to answer the question - will there ever be parity between men and women in society?
Religious fundamentalism refers to the belief of an individual or a group of individuals in the absolute authority of a sacred religious text or teachings of a particular religious leader, prophet, and/or God. Over the past several years, we have witnessed stories about extremist groups, whose actions are generally blamed on their religious beliefs. On this episode, we seek to answer the question: what are the elements that cultivates extreme groups? Is religion really to blame? Or are these groups an extension of a failed state system?
Social constructs are defined as a social mechanism, phenomenon, or category created and developed by society; a perception of an individual, group, or idea that is 'constructed' through cultural or social practice. We know that things like race, gender, government and “beauty” are all social constructs. We then got curious… is marriage also a social construct? Or would it happen naturally, without social influences?
StrengthsQuest™ (SQ) is a program that helps people learn what they do best, and then how to build our studies, careers, and lives--capitalizing on those talents. The program focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses and can help individuals benefit personally and professionally.
On this episode, we had the pleasure of being joined by Gallup Strengths and Life Coach, Rosann Santos. We talked about the program, motivation, empowerment and how the program can also help you in your professional and academic endeavors.
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), our ocean provides our planet with countless benefits, including climate regulation, recreation, food, medicine and of course - the awesome marine life it contains! On today’s episode, we are joined by marine biologist, Allison Santos, to talk about her experiences, the field and to discuss the importance of conservation efforts.
This weekend, the team at Ology Research Group got together for its third annual retreat! On this episode, we reflect on our experiences starting up our non-profit, highlight memorable moments, and share some of our goals for 2018.
A year ago, the team at Ology Research Group recorded an episode about the gun debate, following an shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in south Florida. Today, we come back to the table, following another shooting in south Florida, this time, at a high school. On this episode, we revisit the topic of gun ownership, self-defense and the second amendment. What will it take for us to reduce these instances of innocent lives being lost?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. This law was encompassed in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. There are states, however, like the state of New York, added law (N.Y. Exec. Law § 296 (3-a)) to protect workers over the age of 18 from age discrimination. On this episode, we’ll discuss assumptions, biases and strategies employees can take to mitigate the effects of being the youngin’ in the office!
Over the last few years, we have seen several social movements arise, which all deal with relevant, contemporary social issues. On today’s episode, we reflect on some of these modern acts of solidarity, social movements of decades ago, and compare them - all to answer the question: are modern protests effective?
According to a Gallup poll from 2013, 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged! From experiencing issues with superiors or teammates, to lack of purpose-focused work, there are many reasons why people these days may be unhappy with their place of employment. On today’s episode, we present a simple and insightful way of determining, not which job will consider you to be a good fit, but rather, which workplace will be a good fit for you!
According to an article published by CBS news, prenatal screenings have increased significantly in the U.S. and in Europe. Most notably, in Iceland, nearly 100% of mothers whose fetuses tested positive for down syndrome terminated their pregnancies. Utilizing a test they call a Combination Test, mothers can now determine whether or not their babies will have down syndrome. Considering that science will only continue to advance over time, where do we draw the line when it comes to life and ethics? Are we, playing God?
In previous episodes of our show, we have touched on the themes such as happiness, stress, trauma and its broader social implications. On today’s episode, we are accompanied by Greg Prasker, a modern-day shaman, who is dedicated to working with clients who opt to pursue more, alternative, approaches to overcoming traumatic life events and toxic stress by employing a combination of hypnosis, sound healing, energy work, Buddhist mantras and other modalities to help his clients empower themselves to live life on their own terms.
According to the German market research company Statista, some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 included eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money, and focusing on self care and wellness. However, as we have learned from New Year’s resolution articles of previous years, most people don’t adhere to their commitments. On today’s episode, we share our resolutions for 2018, why in general, resolutions are so difficult to maintain and what you can do to stay committed!
As many of you who have been following Ology know, Ology Research Group provides organizations with research & evaluation support, survey instrument design, survey implementation, analytics for reports, assessment and grant writing, to allow organizations to continue to serve as effective agents of change, for the betterment of our communities. We also have this pretty cool Podcast, which we have committed to for the past year. On this special episode, we recap some of the highlights, triumphs and challenges of 2017, along with what Ology has in store for 2018!
According to the website Save the Internet, net neutrality is defined as “the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech”. On December 17th, 2017, the FCC approved an order which dismantles the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules, relinquishing authority over internet service providers and clearing the way for potential blocking and discrimination by the US’s largest phone and cable companies. On today’s episode, we come together to answer the question, what does this all mean, and why is net neutrality so important to free speech in the modern world.
Moral values are defined as basic standards of good and evil, which govern people’s behaviors and choices. Individual’s morals may derive from many sources, including society, our families, government, religion, or self. On today’s episode, we came to answer the question - how do our moral values influence decision making?
On this episode, we were joined by Dr. Sara Gorman, author of the book Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us and Co-Founder of Critica, a community committed to making rational decisions about health and security. The team at Ology sought to understand why, despite evidence and the progress the field of medicine has made over the last few centuries, many people still have distrust in medicine and science.
In May of 1796, an English doctor named Edward Jenner administered the world’s first vaccination, which was given as a way of preventing smallpox, a disease which according to the World Health Organization of the United Nations, took over 300 million lives in the 20th century. Following the introduction of vaccinations to the world, a movement arose against the practice - a movement which we still have today, nearly 220 years later. On today’s episode, we discuss the different perspectives towards vaccinations, and justifications for, and against the practice.