Thursday, September 14, 2023

How businesses recognize employee achievement impacts engagement, motivation and performance

Employees shaking hands.

New research shows that team-based recognition can be effective in settings where performance is highly interdependent, and teamwork is essential to the company’s success.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Is algorithm control a double-edged sword? Uber drivers’ positive and negative techno-stressors

by Jessie Ge, PhD Candidate

Gig economy platforms continue to struggle with high worker attrition. A plausible reason is that workers’ well-being suffers because of an inability to cope with technology demands. Nonetheless, automation is trending, especially for online gig-economy platforms. For example, Uber drive implements algorithm control to screen qualifying drivers (gatekeeping algorithm control) and to monitor and advise on driver behavior (guiding algorithm control). It is important to understand whether and how algorithm control may be a double-edged sword for employees’ well-being in terms of technostress, affecting their intention to continue working on the platform and/or to pursue system workarounds.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

New SFM degree woos next generation of green financial experts

Blake Philips

When Blake Phillips began his doctorate in finance in 2009, he was asked to declare a focus. With previous degrees in biology and forestry and an interest in conservation, he zeroed in on sustainable finance.   

His supervisor balked, steering Phillips away from what was then considered a niche segment. Warned that there would be no jobs in that sector, Phillips was advised to commit to one or the other: sustainability or finance. Today, Phillips is the director of a new program at the University of Waterloo that aims to cultivate precisely the kind of finance professional that Phillips always wanted to be: comfortable in the languages of both finance and sustainability.  

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Leveraging your passions and your skills to be a well-rounded professional and community member

Picture of Andres Perez-Vilarino

The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) caught up with Andres Perez-Vilarino (MAcc ’19) to discuss his career post-graduation, and to learn how he has leveraged his education and passions to help inform his role.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Waterloo professor recognized for best paper by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association

Wenqian Hu’s paper Trust Versus Rewards: Revisiting Managerial Discretion in Incomplete Contracts was awarded the Lazaridis Institute Prize for the best paper on accounting issues relevant to technology firms. The paper finds that an algorithm-generated bonus allocation scheme improves employee productivity, compared with human managers’ bonus allocation. It also finds that compared with human managers’ bonus allocation, the algorithm-based one removes managers’ responsibility and improves employees’ trust in the reward system.

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