The impact email has had on productivity is arguably positive. It has sped up communication and disrupted limitations on when and where we can do business. But consider these two unintended consequences. First, email inboxes have become to-do lists and communication of record for some. But often, different subjects are discussed in a string, while […]

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 If you’re someone who doesn’t use all of their vacation time, or you feel you’re too busy to get away, listen up. According to Lonely Planet, you’re more likely to die younger than someone who prioritizes vacation travel. In a recent article, Annemarie McCarthy reveals the results of a 40-year study conducted at the […]

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As more and more companies allow employees to work remotely, chances are you may have the opportunity to do so. FlexJobs.com recommends asking yourself three questions before you say, “Yes.” Why do you want to work from home? Do you want to work in your pajamas and conduct business from bed? If so, you’re not […]

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In a recent New York Times interview, Mary Abbajay, the author of “Managing Up, How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed With Any Type of Boss,” gave these examples of three types of bad bosses. There’s the “ghost boss” who rarely communicates with you and never seems to be around. The “seagull boss” […]

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 If you’re a manager, the probability is high that some members of your team have or will experience burnout. According to Gallup, two thirds of people they studied reported burnout to some degree. Here are 5 things Gallup says managers can do about it. Listen to work related problems. Active listening is an effective […]

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Recent articles on Gallup.com looked at employee burnout. Its effects costs companies big dollars and cents. On the surface, it might appear that demand for high productivity is to blame, but according to Gallup, the problem is more about how people are managed. What are five top things that lead to employee burnout? Unfair treatment: […]

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 We all know that employee burnout is real. And it comes with significant costs to organizations. According to a recent Gallup study of 7,500 full time employees, two thirds have experienced burnout to some degree. Burned out employees take more sick days, are more likely to be looking for a new job, have low […]

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 How do you approach the end of your workday – when your energy is low there’s not enough time to start a new project? Do you surf social media, aimlessly finger through things on your desk, or scroll through emails to which you don’t intend to reply. Well, Fast Company has suggestions for making […]

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 If your company values collaboration over independence, Fast Company recommends that hiring managers ask the following questions to find the people who are the best fit for your collaborative culture. Tell me about a time you worked with a team. What was your approach to collaborating with your teammates? What role did you play […]

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Is your company’s culture shifting and evolving? If the answer is yes, and you’re in the process of hiring new people, here are the questions Fast Company recommends asking during interviews. Tell me about a time you encountered a difficult problem you didn’t know how to solve. Give me an example of a time when […]

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 If your company boasts an entrepreneurial culture, Fast Company offers these tips to help you find people who will best fit in. To assess a candidate’s ability to work in an independent environment, ask questions like: Tell me about a project you planned and executed with little or no supervision. What approach did you […]

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As companies step up their sexual harassment training, it’s important to make sure it’s effective and relevant. The Society of HR Management reported that when Portland State University’s VP of HR noticed his all-male audience wasn’t paying attention during a training, he gave them an assignment. Each man was to ask one woman in his […]

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Recently, I facilitated a panel discussion among a group of Millennials who shared their perspective with the company’s leadership. The leaders — all of whom were Baby Boomers and members of Generation X – wanted a better understanding of the Millennials in their workforce. As part of this open and honest forum, the Millennial panelists […]

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You’re in a meeting. Something happens. You feel like pitching a fit. Heart racing, head swirling, your emotions are red hot. Here’s a way to diffuse your negative energetic charge and address the issue. Find someone with whom you can vent and get it out of your system. Vent with someone who will keep your […]

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 How to Get Yourself Out of The Middle At one time or another, you’ve probably found yourself smack dab in the middle of other people’s tensions, tussles and antagonistic relationships. A very uncomfortable place to be. Here are a few principles to keep in mind that can help you extricate yourself from the middle, […]

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If Not This Season, Then When? I enjoy this time of year. And, it’s seems many others do, as well. It’s a season of fun-filled gatherings and sharing good wishes. Kindness, warm smiles and generosity are legitimized in all dimensions of life. Giving takes center stage and even goes beyond the material. Perhaps you and […]

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For some companies, corporate wellness is moving beyond smoking cessation and gym discounts. For example, Society for Human Resource Management reports that CISCO Systems takes a more holistic approach to what it means for an employee to be well. They offer financial education, and soon, personal financial counseling will be available to all employees. In […]

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Do You Possess These 6 Inspiring Leadership Qualities? Inspiring leadership is increasingly important as evidenced by polls that say a high percentage of today’s workers are disengaged. Some experts lay a portion of the blame on managers who are not cut out to manage people. The wrong manager can sink morale, drive away valuable talent […]

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Real Data or Embedded Opinions? In this era of big data, more and more companies conduct business based on information that is gathered and run through algorithms. In a recent Ted Talk, mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil asks the troubling question, “What if the algorithms are wrong?” O’Neil finds fault with the way we […]

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