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

Everything you need to know about your Millennial co-workers

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

HP bans T-shirts at work, and employees are furious

The traditional Silicon Valley coder uniform.

For a lot of programmers, especially in Silicon Valley, the trusted T-shirt-and-hoodie combo makes up the only work uniform they need. It's considered by many to be a perk of the job: Nobody cares how you dress for work, so long as you deliver.

But this …

Silicon Valley

Airbnb Chief Human Resource Officer Becomes Chief Employee Experience Officer

Businesses have long recognized the importance of delivering a differentiated and engaging experience for their customers. But as Millennials have surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, companies are now applying the same philosophy of creating memorable …

Human Resources

A B-School Prof On Ethics, Power & Gender

Jennifer Kennedy is an organizational behavior professor at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management

Scandals make good headlines. Whether it’s …

Gender

Lessons From Companies Thriving With 100 Percent Remote Teams

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its much-anticipated American Time Use Survey, which found that more Americans are working from home, with 23 percent completing all or some of their work from home, up from 19 percent in 2003. Most employees who work remotely have a hybrid situation …

FaceTime

Here’s why Chinese workers are wearing ‘no-face’ masks

The government is worried about overwork-related deaths.

Like Casual Fridays? Try “No Face” day.

On Tuesday, a handful of service companies in Handan, a city in China’s Hebei province, encouraged workers to wear masks to work so that they could relax their faces instead of smiling all day. Customers …

Asia

I Feel Bad For SF “Techies”

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

If you want happy workers, stop treating them like children

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

Combining Virtual and Face-to-Face Work

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 …

Collaboration

U.S. has a lousy work-life balance

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

Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style

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

Measuring the Benefits of Employee Engagement

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

Pursuing a Merger Or Acquisition? Culture Can Trip You Up

“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 …

Leadership

75% of Cross-Functional Teams Are Dysfunctional

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

How These Companies Have Made Four-Day Workweeks Feasible

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

America's Fantasy of a Four-Day Workweek

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

A World Without Work

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 Portrait Of A Future Leader

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.
-Alvin Toffler

A revolution …

Leadership

What it’s really like to work for a tech giant

Morning

It’s San Francisco or wherever. Is Silicon Valley in San Francisco? Either way, you probably live there. With the other tech people.

And, …

Millennials in Search of a Different Kind of Career

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

All the Happy Workers

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

Guess Who Doesn’t Fit In at Work

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

Developing Employees Who Think for Themselves

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

Cooking Up A Better Company Culture

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

When Engagement Is Low But Performance Is High

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

The Power of Sponsorship at Gore

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 …

Delight in Diversity

Studies show the correlation between diversity and innovation. Yet Silicon Valley, the cradle of tech innovation, portrays the image of a …

Compassion is a wise and effective managerial strategy, Stanford expert says

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says that promoting a culture of trust – rather than fear – encourages collaboration and builds a creative …

The Psychological Case Against Casual Fridays

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 …