According to a recent University of Houston study, too much experience can be a bad thing for some employees as they tend to be unproductive workers.
Christiane Spitzmueller, UH assistant professor of psychology, notes that a survey of 215 pairs of employees and supervisors in a number of industries discovered that overqualified professionals often engage in counterproductive work behaviors. Spitzmueller said such discoveries could ultimately benefit human resources professionals and recruiters.
Employees responded to questions regarding how their previous work experiences and educational backgrounds complemented their day-to-day tasks. Supervisors provided details on counterproductive work behaviors observed in the workplace.
“They (overqualified employees) might be absent frequently or not focused on their work,” commented Spitzmueller, who conducted the study with UH graduate student Alexandra Luksyte. “They also might take things from the office that they’re not supposed to, play video games at their desks and generally, do things other than their assigned tasks,” she added.
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