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15 Interview Questions To Ask Your Next Boss

I would hate to think that you would take a new job at a place where they didn’t at some point stop the interview process to ask you “Do you have any questions for us?”<p>All good employers do that. If you don’t get the chance to ask your questions, don’t even think about taking the job! Remember what …

Most HR Data Is Bad Data

How good a rater do you think you are? If you were my manager and you watched my performance for an entire year, how accurate do you think your ratings of me would be on attributes such as my “promotability” or “potential?”<p>How about more specific attributes such as my customer focus or my learning …

Human Resources

Employee Engagement Depends on What Happens Outside of the Office

Companies spend over $720 million each year on employee engagement, and that’s projected to rise to over $1.5 billion. And yet, employee engagement is at record lows — 13% according to perennial engagement survey leader Gallup. What’s wrong here? Perhaps human resources leaders are spending their …

Employee Engagement

Reinventing Human Resources For The Human Workplace

Unless you occasionally examine your beliefs, they control you. Every so often you have to look closely at what you believe to be true, and question it. You have to ask “Why do I believe this?”<p>Maybe it was taught to you. Maybe there’s no validity to your belief at all. I feel that way about the …

The Workplace

The secret to motivation? It lies within

<b>Why Motivating People Doesn't Work … and What Does</b><p><i>By Susan Fowler</i><p><i>(Berrett-Koehler,</i> <i>218 pages, $29.95)</i><p>Are you a pecking pigeon?<p>Of course not. Nor are your colleagues.<p>Yet the motivational theories that dominate our workplace trace back to noted psychologist B.F. Skinner and his studies on how to …

5 Ways People Kill Their Career Potential...And May Not Realize It

As researchers who study appreciation and value creation in the workplace, it would be easy for us to write an article about killing career potential (both yours and your coworkers) by being a jerk at work. But, that’s not the only thing that kills potential.<p>We were curious about the opposite of …