The Modern Workplace

By JD Dillon | Taking a look at how work gets done today ...

Enough Already About The Job-Hopping Millennials

As more and more millennials enter the workforce, companies are scrambling to figure out how to retain their younger employees. Or at least so says …

Demographics

Why Practical Skills Will Matter More Than Your Degree In The New Economy

But the transition away from traditional credentials faces strong headwinds for now.<p>When Giancarlo Martinez applied a few years ago to be a web developer at Genome, a digital marketing firm in New York, he was confident that he had the ability. But he couldn’t help but wonder whether company …

Employment

The Rise of the Social Enterprise: A New Paradigm for Business

After a year of research and another enormous survey of business and HR leaders around the world, we just released the Deloitte Human Capital Trends …

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

6 Meeting Hacks (and 1 Weird Tip) That Instantly Boost Your Credibility

Sales demo? VC pitch? Don't let your big opportunity turn into a massive waste of time.<p>This is it: the Big Meeting. You've brought a conference room's worth of people together to make an important decision, close that huge sale, or kick off a new strategic initiative. Trouble is, most of these …

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The Problem with Most Meetings Is That There’s Not Enough Debate

The modern workplace is awash in meetings, many of which are terrible. As a result, people mostly hate going to meetings. The problem is this: The whole point of meetings is to have discussions that you can’t have any other way. And yet most meetings are devoid of real debate.<p>To improve the …

Critical Thinking

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

How to Be More Productive Without Burning Out

Like many of my classmates, shortly after college, I joined the ranks of a top strategy and management consulting firm. I knew I was signing up for long hours, but the reality of that didn’t really sink until a few months in, when I asked for a vacation day to go to a friend’s wedding. My request …

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Retrain Or Retreat: The Next Battlefield For U.S. Manufacturing

The concept of “lifelong learning” has gained widespread popularity in recent decades as a way to keep senior citizens intellectually engaged.<p>But how about lifelong learning as a way to keep people employed, especially those in manufacturing? Think of it as learning for the sake of economic …

Why sexual harassment training doesn’t stop harassment

Shannon Rawski first got the idea for her dissertation after listening to her former colleagues — business school professors who study human resources and recognize sexual harassment as a problem — complain about having to attend, well, sexual harassment training.<p>“My university announced they …

Sexual Harassment

Why Does New Enterprise Technology Adoption Take So Long?

The adoption of a new enterprise technology can feel like a Sisyphean task. You see a brighter future powered by your innovation. People in your target market see value in your offering and want your vision to become a reality. You’re considered a visionary in your space, maybe even a hero to some, …

The Future of Work Might Not Be So Bleak

Technology won't eliminate good jobs, but it could exacerbate inequality.<p>What's the future of work? Will gigs replace salaried employment, and will robots eventually leave humans with nothing to do? I see reason for skepticism, but also for concern.<p>Technology, of course, is already making …

Why we can no longer separate work from life (and shouldn’t)

“Work creep” is often portrayed as hazardous to our health.<p>The average workweek for a full-time employee in the US is 47 hours, according to a Gallup poll, and, according to another study, 40% of US employees work on weekends at least once a month. This has led to concerns that professionals are …

The Workplace

Our Company Began Tracking Employee Tenure, Here’s What We Found

The results gave Buffer insights that help them serve their employees’ career goals better.<p>Imagine working at a company where on your first day, the CEO says: “We are really excited to have you here. Now, how can I use my personal network to help you get your next job?” That’s exactly how Jon …

Employee Engagement

For True Innovation, Don’t Rely On Your Own Ideas

Anheuser-Busch innovation executives say that in order to excel at coming up with new ideas, you have to discard your own and listen to what real people want.<p>When most people think of Anheuser-Busch, what comes to mind are its most famous American beers—Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, and the like. …

Innovation

Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up

What we know about sexual harassment in America.<p>Shame, fear, and cultural norms all allow sexual harassment to go underreported.<p>There is so much we don’t know, but there <i>is</i> research that tells us some specifics about the state of the problem and the factors that make it better or worse in different …

Sexual Harassment

5 Ways to Help Employees Keep Up with Digital Transformation

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape is in the midst of a significant shake-up. Coca-Cola recently reshuffled its leadership team to focus on growth, innovation, and digital. Unilever has acquired Dollar Shave Club, a young startup, for $1 billion in a move to introduce a new model of …

Innovation

5 simple ways to create transparency at work

It’s no secret that transparency, more commonly expressed as “Open company, no BS,” is one of Atlassian’s most important values. Far from a boardroom …

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

FLORENCE, N.J. — Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over …

Robotics

Why PepsiCo CEO asks his team to ‘leave loudly’

EVERY day, Robbert Rietbroek asks his executive team to “leave loudly”.

Surprise! Millennials Are in Fact Highly Engaged in the Workplace, According to Korn Ferry Study

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New research by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows that members of the generation often maligned as …

The five most important things for encouraging diversity in your company

The topic of gender diversity is having a moment, with no more telling an example than the now-famous quote of our Prime Minister when asked about …

Workplace Diversity

The New Definition of “Meaningful Work”

I’m going to stop fighting. For years I’ve been fighting morons who claim that Millennials would rather do ‘meaningful work’ than making money. That …

Are we really undergoing a revolution in the workplace? Is work changing at all? And if it is, what do we need to do to adapt?

Are we really undergoing a revolution in the workplace? Is work changing at all? And if it is, what do we need to do to adapt?<p>This week on the …

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.<p>When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that …

Goal Setting

The latest RAND survey paints a disturbing portrait of the American workplace

American jobs are grueling, according to a newly published RAND survey.<p>For the first time in 2015, the nonprofit think tank asked its nationally representative survey panel about their attitudes toward the workplace. “The portrait that emerges is of a workplace that is taxing on a lot of …

The Workplace

Building a Better Employee Experience

×<p><i>An engaging employee experience can provide a competitive advantage and even drive a stronger customer experience. Leading organizations are prioritizing employees and taking a holistic approach to the workplace.</i><p>In today’s digital world, employees expect a new kind of experience on the job: …

Employee Engagement