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By Pam Fox Rollin | How we work today, in business, startups, nonprofits in US & around the world.
This originally appeared in The San Francisco Examiner.
I feel bad for the “techies.” I’m not talking about the ones like Jack Halprin, the Google …San Francisco Bay Area
Recently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on short-term solutions that tend to treat employees more like children than adults who add real value to …Happiness
Many companies feel they face a conundrum when it comes to determining remote work policies. Perhaps the most common misconception about adopting virtual work is that it is an all-or-nothing proposition, such that once we have networking tools in place, there is no need to come together — or …Sense of Community
While the U.S. ranks high in housing, income and wealth, it ranks abysmally low on work-life balance—29th among the 36 advanced nations surveyed. …Work-Life Balance
Effective communication takes a deft touch when you’re managing up. If your attempts to persuade are too obvious, they may not succeed. Yet you need to be deliberate in your approach.
As you engage with your boss in everyday activities, try to identify the messages behind her speech and behavior. …Harvard
It’s well known that employees’ attitudes toward the organization have a significant effect on how they approach their jobs and how they treat …Employee Engagement
“I have an existential map,” a comedian said. “It has ‘You are here’ written all over it.”
Joking aside, that’s exactly what every good change agent needs: a map that shows not only where you’ve been and where you’re going, but keeps you well grounded in the here and now.
This need is especially …
When I was in the midst of researching what caused cross-functional teams to succeed — and finding that many of them failed — I discovered a deeply dysfunctional development project in a huge multinational IT company. The company had invested $100 million in the project, which involved three …Governance
A new study from Great Place to Work reveals the quirks that drive the biggest generation in the American workforce.
Millennials are tired of getting a bad rap. They’re sick of being called lazy, entitled or high maintenance simply because they played on T-ball teams in which everyone got a trophy …Boston Consulting Group
More businesses are offering three-day weekends every week and seeing tons of benefits, but how do they pull it off?
Three-day weekends feel like a treat when holidays fall on a Friday, but employees at several companies regularly say "TGIT" because four-day workweeks are their norm.
According to a …Stress
Will Americans ever let out a deep breath, crack open a beer, and say, “Thank God it’s Thursday”?
Essays about the fantasy of a four-day, 32-hour workweek seem to follow a certain formula: Start with an eminent thinker’s starry-eyed prediction of how many hours we’ll be working at some point in the …University of Texas
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
1. Youngstown, U.S.A.
The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …Psychology
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
A revolution …Leadership
It’s San Francisco or wherever. Is Silicon Valley in San Francisco? Either way, you probably live there. With the other tech people.
And, …San Francisco Bay Area
According to a new poll, younger workers do in fact care less about money and more about fulfillment.
There have been many labels thrust upon the Millennial generation, especially when it comes to their work ethic. The group has been called lazy, entitled, and spoiled—but at the same time the …Things Have Changed
Companies are more focused than ever on employee well-being. It might increase productivity, but what does the commercialization of feelings do to people?
The end of capitalism has often been imagined as a crisis of epic proportions. Perhaps a financial crisis will occur that is so vast not even …Happiness
ACROSS cultures and industries, managers strongly prize “cultural fit” — the idea that the best employees are like-minded. One recent survey found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority.
When done carefully, selecting new workers this way can …Kellogg School
When we talk to managers about what their workers are lacking, we hear a common refrain: “We need employees who can think, not just follow orders.” The complaint is usually followed by an observation about how the world is changing too quickly to predict customers’ demands, or that competitors are …Decision-Making
What is your company’s purpose? What are its values? What is it’s vision? Can all employees articulate the organization’s values and practices? If …Cooking
In the big world of HR, we’re trained to believe that if employee engagement is low, all is wrong in the workplace. But that’s actually incorrect, …Human Resources
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. is one of those mythical companies that has managed to maintain a completely flat corporate hierarchy, even as it grew to …
Studies show the correlation between diversity and innovation. Yet Silicon Valley, the cradle of tech innovation, portrays the image of a …Palo Alto
Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says that promoting a culture of trust – rather than fear – encourages collaboration and builds a creative …
I used to work with a guy who refused to let his sartorial standards drop just because it was nearly the weekend. Instead of Casual Fridays, he tried …
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Elise Perazzini is about to enter the workforce.
A college senior studying political science at Bucknell University, …Stability
• "Please write clearly and legibly."
• "Have you ever been in jail or prison?"
• "List your previous occupations."
• "Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?"
• "Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?"
At a 2013 robotics conference the MIT researcher Kate Darling invited attendees to play with animatronic toy dinosaurs called Pleos, which are about the size of a Chihuahua. The participants were told to name their robots and interact with them. They quickly learned that their Pleos could …Robots
Last Monday I was able to listen to an inspiring presentation of Claudio Fernández-Aráoz of Egon Zehnder. This week I read his most recent book, …
What keeps you up at night as a manager? Are you worried about hitting your numbers? How to boost the results of lower performers? What about how to keep top performers motivated?
We often believe that the most effective way to respond to these concerns is to directly tell our employees what to do. …