Workplace Culture

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

The 3 Things That Keep Companies Growing

Growth creates complexity, and complexity is the silent killer of growth. This paradox explains why only about one company in nine has sustained more than a minimum level of profitable growth during the past decade, and why 85 percent of executives blame internal factors for their shortfall, not …

Want to Avoid Crises? Look at the Little Picture

Organizations that focus on blame rather than detecting vulnerabilities are more likely encounter catastrophes.<p>In October 2015, an American AC-130 …

MIT

When mergers fail because of clashing work culture

May 23, 2016 | 4:13 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/23/health-care/cultural-fit-key-successful-corporate-mergers/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>The Wall Street Journal got a hold of correspondence Monday that suggests there may be …

Bain & Company

Twitch CEO describes values driving the company

Twitch chief executive Emmett Shear has issued a set of values about being inclusive at the livestreaming company.<p>The timing of the document, which is not being shared publicly in a release, comes at a time after Twitch faced a lot of bad publicity around racist slurs hurled at a star player of …

Love who you work with? A Silicon Valley startup is offering to hire entire teams

People work best in teams. Companies mostly hire individuals. That mismatch drove the payments startup Stripe, which is struggling to fill almost 100 open positions, to start hiring the same way it works: in teams.<p>The company announced its Bring Your Own Team initiative on Monday (April 26). …

Startups

How Boots went rogue

Tony was talking about how he wound up getting paid to care less – less about his sick patients, less about the specialism that demanded years of study, less about the career he had spent decades practising. But all the talking proved something else: he still cares – a bit too much for his own good.<p>…

Medicine

Why 'Modern' Work Culture Makes People So Miserable

Today’s new deal at work reprises work schemes of the late 1800’s, plus a few meaningless perks.<p>Dan Lyons’ account of his time at the software company HubSpot describes a workplace in which employees are disposable, “treated as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded.” And HubSpot is …

Human Resources

Death by overwork on rise among Japan's vulnerable workers

Japan is witnessing a record number of compensation claims related to death from overwork, or "karoshi", a phenomenon previously associated with the long-suffering "salary man" that is increasingly afflicting young and female employees.<p>Labor demand, with 1.28 jobs per applicant, is the highest …

Japan

The Longer You Work, the Greater Your Risk for Heart Disease

The more hours you work, the greater your risk for heart disease.<p>Several observational studies have found an association of long work hours with an increased risk for cardiovascular illness. Now a new retrospective analysis has found there is a dose-response relationship: more hours, more …

Here's what happened to Zappos' HR boss when the company got rid of managers and her job became obsolete

In March 2013, a pilot group of 100 Zappos employees primarily comprising the human resources team began working under Holacracy, an experimental management system that eliminates traditional job titles and manager roles.<p>Around six weeks in, HR director Hollie Delaney found herself without her job …

A Site Where Women Can Review Their Employers' Female-Friendliness

Fairygodboss's anonymous reports point to a recipe for job satisfaction.<p>Corporate websites can do a good job indicating the way companies want themselves to be seen, but it can be tough to get trustworthy firsthand information about their workplace culture. Glassdoor has patched up a good portion …

Women's News

CEO Advice from a New CEO

Usually advice for new CEOs comes from those who have made a career for themselves out of those three letters. I’m new to this particular C-Job …

Star Trek

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires — Quartz

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Job Interviews

9 ways the workplace will be different in 2050

Over the years we've seen the workplace go through a number of dramatic changes: The dress code has shifted away from the suit and tie. There are entire jobs devoted only to the strategic use of social media. People are "job hopping" every year or two, rather than committing their careers to one …

Why Culture Is More Important Than You Think!

Your company culture is the unique collection of values that defines for your organization, what is and is not tolerated, accepted, and lauded. If corporate transformation sounds difficult, that's because it is. According to research done by The Boston Consulting Group, PwC, and my own research, …

Leadership

The No-Office Workplace

Citigroup’s floor-plan at its new Tribeca headquarters is completely open.<p>Anti-cubical backlash might be close to peaking, as yet another American company is embracing the idea of an office-less office: Citigroup announced that its downtown Manhattan office will, in addition to having better coffee …

Human Resources

Championing Indian Women Who Want To Work

More women than men in India hold graduate degrees, yet the country’s workforce does not reflect that – and not because they want to be left out, but because this is a nation that is anchored by it’s women who are then not spared to join the job market, according to Sheroes Founder Sairee …

India

Jet.com’s Strategy: Low Prices, Fast Delivery, Happy Workers

You can’t accuse Jet.com of timidity.<p>The start-up is making an audacious bet to establish itself as a major force in the $350 billion United States e-commerce market. To succeed, Jet must offer good selection, low prices and fast delivery — all the things online buyers demand yet few retailers can …

Business Planning

Slack Experiments With a Technological Solution to Work-Life Balance

A new "do not disturb" mode gives users an option to silence the pings.<p>One of the great features of Slack, the instant-messaging service many workplaces use, is how easy it can be to reach any colleague. For those on the receiving end of such “pings,” the notifications they receive can be at times …

Work-life Balance

Work-life balance: how to organise a flexible team

Effectively managing a flexible workforce in a small business can be key to its growth and success. For some the best way is through hiring part-time staff, others benefit from introducing homeworking, or perhaps it’s just changing an employee’s status from full-time to something a bit more ... …

The future of work intensifies - can a platform be ethical?

With 2015 winding down, the debate over the gig economy has moved from W-2 versus 1099 into a potent look at whether talent platforms will lead us to …

The Future

Study Finds People Who Show Their True Selves At Work Are Happier And More Productive

A recent study has shown that the more people show their true selves at work, the happier and more productive they’ll be.“To thine own self be true, …

Psychology

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.<p>But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that …

What these photos of Facebook’s new headquarters say about the future of work

MENLO PARK, CALIF. – Deep inside Facebook’s massive new headquarters, the largest open-office workspace in the world, a rough-hewn building that feels like the idea economy’s take on the industrial factory floor, sits the desk of Lindsay Russell.<p>The desk is a white slab, 5-feet long, no drawers. …

Facebook

7 Lessons From Facebook, Pinterest, And Google On Building Diverse Teams

Diversity numbers at most tech companies are pretty dismal, but some of the biggest players are using these strategies to change the ratio.<p>Working on making Buffer an inclusive place where all kinds of people feel they belong and thrive is one of my favorite things.<p>It’s a unique time to be working …

Google

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

<b>Kim Scott</b> (@kimballscott) has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and working together. …

Sitting further away from your boss makes you a better worker, study suggests

Physical distance determines how the bad behaviour of managers spreads to employees, research shows<p>Sitting next to your boss may have a negative impact on the quality of your work, a study suggests.<p>Researchers in the Netherlands have found that physical distance is a key factor in determining the …

Employment

What If Companies Shared Exactly How They Determine Salaries?

The startup Buffer not only posts its compensation figures publicly, but also shares the equation for how it arrived at those numbers.<p>Comparing salary numbers with a coworker seems like it could only do damage: If there’s a pay differential, which there almost always is, the conversation (and …

Salaries & Wages

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know how to control. So …