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The Study results: Employees devote a great deal of attention to their leaders’ ethical behavior and respond with intense positive emotions to the display of fairness and moral integrity. An employee will demonstrate high levels of organisational commitment, and are more likely to act in a helpful and friendly way.
(details of study here: http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/articles/vianello.galliani.2010.elevation-at-work.pub081.pdf)
Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.