Category Archives: Trends

Coping Strategies for the 24/7 Workplace

May 28, 2016   

Today, more and more workers are expected to be on-call 24/7 either to respond to co-workers and business associates in other time zones around world or simply to demonstrate their full commitment to their job and employer. A new study published in the June 2016 Harvard Business Review reports that while workers are adopting various […]

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Are Employee Uniforms Passé?

May 25, 2016   

While some uniforms have always been issued (e.g., consider the sharp flight attendant uniforms that still exist to this day), other uniforms have simply been assumed (e.g., the blue suits that are still worn by most Wall Street bankers). There is no question, however, that over time, both the uniform and explicit and implied dress […]

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Can Board Diversity Change an Organization?

May 17, 2016   

As diversity questions continue to dominate the high-tech sector, Twitter has appointed a new board member to help change its profile. On Monday, Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive of BET Networks, announced that she was joining the board. The 61 year old is a well-known African American media business figure who has overseen the […]

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2016’s Top Talent Management Priority

May 16, 2016   

Deloitte’s recently released study found that in 2016, the top priority for talent managers is organization design. As the study reports: After three years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture, executives see a need to redesign the organization itself, with 92 percent of survey participants rating […]

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The Value of Training Part-time Employees

May 1, 2016   

A recent report in the Wall Street Journal found that at least some companies that traditionally hired high numbers of part-time workers, including retailers and fast-food outlets, are focusing on full-time hires instead. Bucking broader hiring trends that continue to see more part-time, temporary and contingent workers across sectors nationwide, these companies are reassessing the […]

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After Fracking, Young Workers Struggle

May 1, 2016   

It seemed like only yesterday that anyone could land a high-paying job in the energy sector. Indeed, between 2010 and 2013 as fracking increased, some communities in oil-rich regions even started to see rising high school drop out rates as young men abandoned their studies to obtain entry-level positions with attractive $50,000 to $75,000 salaries […]

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Who are Your Superbosses?

January 30, 2016   

Everyone knows what a good boss does – hits the goals and leads the team. But what do you call people who far surpass their goals and create the next set of leaders your company needs to reach a whole new level in its development? Leadership and Management expert Sydney Finkelstein of the Tuck School […]

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Recognizing and Managing Overachievers

November 5, 2015   

The term overachiever can draw sharp and distinctive reactions from people, particularly in the workplace. On one side are people who view overachievers as the dream employees, while there are some who feel the term is one that’s not necessarily positive. While “overachiever” isn’t a new term, it’s become more prevalent in talent management, particularly […]

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Managers as Coaches, Part IV: Giving Feedback

August 18, 2015   

One of the great things about coaching is its flexibility. It can be as general as it needs to be or as specific as it needs to be, such as addressing a problem or concern. And it’s an appropriate tool for employees at any and all levels of the organization as well. This will be […]

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Managers as Coaches, Part III: Asking Great Questions

August 18, 2015   

At this point in the series on managers as coaches, it’s time to remind you how important this is. My first article in the series made the case for taking the coaching approach – it just works. Now you need to also understand that if you get this whole coaching thing right, you’ll be ahead […]

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