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

Delight in Diversity

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

Palo Alto

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 …

Stanford University

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 …


Stand by Me: Next-Generation Workers Seek Stability

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Elise Perazzini is about to enter the workforce.

A college senior studying political science at Bucknell University, …


The job application for Al-Qaeda

• "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?"


When Your Boss Wears Metal Pants

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 …


From War for Talent to Abundance of Talent?

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, …

International Relations

How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work

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. …


Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years

Bain & Company recently launched a study that asked more than 1,000 men and women in a mix of U.S. companies two questions: “Do you aspire to top management within a large company?” and “Do you have the confidence you can reach top management?”

Women with two years or less of work experience …

Women's News

Work-Life Balance on Seesaw as Hours at The Office Stretch

Charlise Hyatt loves her work, but the 33-year-old mother of two wishes she didn't have to wake up at 5 a.m. to exercise.

"My trade offs are mostly personal," she said, like pre-dawn workouts or burning the midnight oil. "Instead of me being able to do things like watch a TV show, I'm working for an …

Work-Life Balance

Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than …


Data Can Make for Cutthroat Coworkers

And that's not always productive.

The introduction of data to the workplace has been hailed as a revolution as often as it has been assailed as a digital Big Brother. Just last month, The Wall Street Journal deemed data "the new middle manager"—a way for start-ups to transparently take cost-cutting …

New York University

Study: Top tech firms bypassing Asian workers for exec jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.

The analysis uncovered a glaring imbalance between the number of Asian …


Richard Branson: Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Work Policy Is on the Wrong Side of History

Unless you have a technical job like flying an airplane, you can probably do it from home, Richard Branson says. Companies that forbid the practice, …


Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

Today’s workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. With more professionals delaying retirement—either by choice or …

Northwestern University

Map Out Cultural Conflicts on Your Team

When you’re on a global team, cultural differences can be complex and can often seem contradictory. The biggest challenge comes when differences are complex in surprising ways.

Here’s a letter I received from an executive at automotive supplier Valeo, a French company with big client bases in …


Why People Cry at Work

The stress of the workplace can bring out plenty of feelings in all of us. As an executive coach, I see joy, sadness, frustration, and disappointment on a daily basis. But while we may experience an array of emotions at work, there’s a general consensus that we shouldn’t see anyone reduced to …

Human Resources

Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80-Hour Weeks

In many professional jobs, expectations that one be an “ideal worker”—fully devoted to and available for the job, with no personal responsibilities or interests that interfere with this commitment to work—are widespread. We often think of problems with these expectations as women’s problems. But …

Cub Scouts

Advice for job-switchers and newbies from Google’s hiring chief

Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and …


A grisly death at a Bumble Bee tuna plant puts a larger trend in sharp relief

When the Los Angeles district attorney’s office filed charges yesterday (April 28) against Bumble Bee Foods and two company employees for their role in the 2012 death of Jose Melena, it was hard not to fixate on the grisly way Melena had died, trapped in an industrial oven that was cooking 12,000 …


Is Working Remotely Sapping Your Creativity?

Proponents of virtual work certainly make a great pitch: no traffic, no hassles, no shoes. And the trend is certainly taking hold. The number of people telecommuting rose 79% between 2005 and 2012. But while life without a commute or dress code sounds appealing, are we forfeiting our ability to be …


How One Hardware Startup Solved Silicon Valley’s “Woman Problem”

Other Machine has made gender equity a breeze

At Other Machine, a hardware startup at the base of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, 11 out of 21 …

What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

The global population is getting older. What can countries do?

In just 15 years more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65. That's more than double what it was in 1970, according to Census data. And as my colleague Bourree Lam wrote recently, an aging population means …


The Dos and Don’ts of Work Email, from Emojis to Typos

Imagine sending a detailed question to your boss and getting a one-word response: “No.”

Is she angry? Offended by your email? Or just very busy? When I conduct research with organizations on the topic of communication, one of the most common themes raised by both employees and managers is the …

New Hires Create More Anxiety at a Midsized Company

My company keeps growing. We add clients, revenue, profit, and of course, we need to add people when some of us are too busy to handle the added workload. But I’ve noticed a pattern over the past few hires: the very people who would benefit most from additional help at first resist the idea of a …

We think better on our feet, literally

A new study finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. Preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task …


“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 …

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 …