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By Pam Fox Rollin | How we work today, in business, startups, nonprofits in US & around the world.

“Office Housework” Gets in Women’s Way

More often than not, women are the ones who help others when asked — they plan the meetings, take the notes, and take on other types of “office housework,” in Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s immortal phrase. These thankless-but-necessary tasks keep organizations humming. But as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg …

Sheryl Sandberg

How to Manage Inefficient Communication With Freelancers

One of the four major workforce trends headed our way is the rise in freelance workers. In fact, the freelance workforce is already 53 million strong, and growing.

To prepare for the workforce of the future, it's time managers take a close look at how managing freelance employees varies from …


My Paternity Leave Wasn’t a Vacation

In order to survive in Silicon Valley and to survive as a parent I developed a thick skin. You try to be great at your job and you try to be a great …


Actual words my coworkers have said to me, a woman in tech

“Most girls aren’t into this kind of stuff.” No way, do you have the list? The list of things most girls are into? I’ve been trying to find that thing forever, can you forward it to me? You have my email. Thanks, man, you’re the best.

“You got it! Clever girl!” Accolades I would prefer to “clever …

Soccer Mom

Designing A Happier Office On The Super Cheap

We're talking Ikea cheap: it’s small tweaks, rather than dramatic transformations, that have the biggest impact on company culture.

When Google set up shop in New York City, the Internet was flooded with pictures of its stunning new $1.9 billion space. The world marveled at lounges with deck chairs …

Office Spaces

The best (and cheapest) places in the world for coworking

They’re impeccably hip, located in buzzing, central locations a stone’s throw from a (fair trade) coffeeshop. And they attract interesting, often high-profile people: Etsy founder Chris Maguire, Brainpicker’s Maria Popova, and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes have been spotted at one in New …


Tech’s concept of 'culture fit’ and the Ellen Pao trial

From the first day in court, it was evident that venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was not the only party on trial in the gender discrimination suit against it.

Ellen Pao, the former junior partner suing the firm, was also on trial. Whether her personality “fit” with the Kleiner …

Kleiner Perkins

Work-Life Compatibility: Why and How Leaders Should Promote It

As employers, it’s your duty to equip your team with the resources to be successful, including ongoing training. While I think everyone would agree that investing money and time on leadership skills, new technologies, product knowledge, customer service and sales skills are all important, there’s …

Life Skills

What Young vs. UPS Means for Pregnant Workers and Their Bosses

The U.S. Supreme Court case decided this week makes it significantly more likely that pregnant women denied workplace accommodations will succeed in their legal claims against the employers who denied them.

The Court’s decision in Young v. UPS holds that there may be some situations in which employers …

United Parcel Service

6 Rules for Building and Scaling Company Culture

Great founders start businesses not to create a company but to solve a problem, to serve a calling, and to understand that they have a purpose that can actually make a meaningful difference. But of course, they also want their businesses to survive – and thrive – after they’ve moved on.

Great …


Collaboration, from the Wright Brothers to Robots

Watson and Crick. Braque and Picasso. The Wright Brothers. Wozniak and Jobs … and Jony Ive. Great collaborations all. Transformative. But what really made them work? How did collaborative relationships so ingeniously amplify individual talent and impact? Was there a secret to success?

When I wrote …


The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM

By now, we’ve all heard about the low numbers of American women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some argue it’s a pipeline issue – that if we can interest more young girls in STEM subjects, the issue will resolve itself over time. But that’s not convincing. After all, the …

Women in Science

Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at …


What can big data reveal about corporate culture? Get ready for 'people analytics'

Startups VoloMetrix and Culture Amp think there’s a more scientific way to manage employee productivity and performance.

Quantifying employee productivity is usually a rather qualitative, subjective exercise. But apparently, someone’s electronic calendar and email behavior can speak volumes about …

Corporate Culture

The Mother of All Off-Sites

What happens when teams become so successful that complacency sets in? How do skilled leaders inspire people who have become confident in their …


Three Scenarios For What The Future Of Work Will Look Like

There are a lot of theories and ideas for what the future of work is going to look like. I have explored several on this blog. However PwC recently released a report called, “The Future of Work a Journey to 2022,” where they created three specific scenarios for what the future of work may look …

The Future

5 Basic Needs of Virtual Workforces

According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, the number of remote employees in the United States has gone up by 79.7 percent since 2005. In the U.S., around 3.3 million people work from home.

But these are not just freelancers. More organizations are adopting a fully remote work culture. …

Thoughts on Gender Equality in Tech, Interrupted

In fact, Schmidt had so much to say that he often interrupted and spoke over his co-panelist, Megan Smith, the U.S.’s chief technology officer and a former Google executive. The two appeared on a panel at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Tex.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt had a …


The Corporate HQ Is an Anachronism

Headquarters is typically where the senior-most leaders of an organization are based. The top floor of the HQ building is often reserved for such leaders, including the CEO and his or her lieutenants, and this is where decisions are made and disseminated, funds are allocated, and promotions are …

Strategic Planning

Stop Noise from Ruining Your Open Office

A beautifully designed office can be a useful factor in recruiting and retaining talent. Today’s brand-new workplaces may contain officeless offices, cubeless cubelands, and collaborative spaces only surrounded by glass walls. These workspaces certainly look unique and make a strong statement about …


Tackle Bias in Your Company Without Making People Defensive

Unconscious bias is all the rage. Barely a blip on Google’s radar in 2010, a Google trends search shows how much the term has now gone mainstream. This is progress. Every manager can learn from the excellent The Invention of Difference by Jo and Binna Kandola, the 4-part series by Sheryl Sandberg …

Work-family conflict linked to verbal abuse

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Verbal Abuse

CEO bonuses could cost companies in the long term

The culture of CEO bonus payments creates a mentality where executives chase quick wins and short term strategies, which are often not in the best …


Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.

Tons of research has …


Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

We all can agree that we have too many meetings. From the one-off event to the weekly check-in with an employee, meetings are taking an increasing amount of time in our daily work. But removing meetings from your calendar isn’t always the best way to take back your time.

When faced with an onslaught …


Silicon Valley's Best and Worst Jobs for New Moms (and Dads)

A look at major differences in the tech industry’s approach to parental leave

The tech industry has a reputation for being both a wonderland of employee benefits and a place that is unfriendly to families, particularly mothers. Along with the weekly massages, travel stipends, unlimited organic …

Silicon Valley

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings

Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. …

When to Tell Your Employees to Stay Home

When I sat at my computer last week, trying to write out a policy explaining under what extreme circumstances we might need to close our office and how we would define our work schedule on days when people might not be able to get to the office, I thought back to a situation several years ago. One …

Millennials Want to Be Coached at Work

Imagine showing up to play an important college basketball game on a fabled rival’s home court, only to find you’ve forgotten your shoes. Now consider what to expect from your coach, after losing the game. A royal chewing out for not having your head in the game? The cold shoulder? Worse?

Neither, …