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Corporate Culture

Process for the Sake of the Process: Another Stupid Business Trick

Laura Stack | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Laura Stack

Sure, we need people to handle the details and make sure the workflow process works smoothly. The problem emerges when they become interested in the process for its own sake, rather than as a productivity tool.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Fenwick Huss | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Fenwick Huss

The social contract of doing right by others extends past our individual actions to embrace how businesses behave in their communities, beyond the bottom dollar.

The Real Barriers to Nurturing Emotionally Engaged Employees

Anneliza Humlen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Business
Anneliza Humlen

Discussions regarding employee engagement must evolve beyond the narrow focus of how employees need to change. And instead, expand discussion to include greater focus on an organization's commitment (or lack thereof), to facilitate employee engagement opportunity.

Burnout's Silver Lining

Anne Omland | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne Omland

Had it not been for a move across the globe, I may not have made the changes that saved me from being consumed by my job and unhealthy lifestyle. Many of us need a slap upside the head in order to change. Otherwise we'd keep pushing forward in a steady state of burnout.

Meritocracy in the Modern World

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

All businesses have hierarchies, of course - without order, there is chaos. But some hierarchies are more rigid than others. The danger for employees stuck in stricter environments is that they actually become accustomed to not speaking up.

Why I Stopped Defining Someone Else's Version of Success

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Russell V. J. Ward

I choose success defined on my own terms, where I determine what's valuable to me, certain that I'm headed on the right journey, in control and doing what I love most.

15 Tricks to Appear Smart in Email

Sarah Cooper | Posted 10.28.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Cooper

Your email writing, sending and ignoring skills are just as important as your nodding skills, and even more important than your copying and pasting skills. Here are 15 email tricks that will make you appear smart, passionate, dedicated and most of all, smart.

Would You Live Life Differently If You Knew You Were Going to Die?

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Russell V. J. Ward

The other day, I started watching Breaking Bad. I realize I'm one of the last people on earth to see the ratings giant but I found one character fascinating.

The Daily Innovator (sm): Ready for Your Next Act?

Kevin McDermott | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Kevin McDermott

One day last month The Huffington Post announced that it recorded a record 115 million unique visitors in August. To Arianna Huffington we say two...

5 Myths Women Are Told About The Workplace

Dee Poku-Spalding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Dee Poku-Spalding

I got to a really good place in my career. And then, reality set in. I plateaued, I had no personal life and I was exhausted by the late hours and the daily grind of navigating corporate culture.

This Company Is Taking A Radical Approach To Work-Life Balance

The Huffington Post | Jordan Jayson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business

Most of the American workforce has been conditioned to feel guilty about asking the boss for time off - whether for a vacation, a doctor's visit, or t...

10 Tips for Listening to Your Coworkers While Still Ignoring Them

Sarah Cooper | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Cooper

One of my coworkers came to me the other day and said something about how they were feeling or something, I can't remember exactly what. The point is, listening to your coworkers is hard.

No More Phones in Meetings?

Erin Donley | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Erin Donley

This is a controversial topic because some companies allow everyone to email, text, or leave for a call during a meeting. There are no rules of discernment in place. I believe the problem starts there.

How Do You Bring About Real Time Strategic Change?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
BJ Gallagher

How to bring about organizational change is one of the chief challenges of my own consulting clients, so I sat down with Jake Jacobs recently to get his take on how to be an effective change agent, and how to facilitate positive organizational change.

Fighting Anxiety And Depression At Work

Geoff McDonald | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Geoff McDonald

We live in an environment, particularly in the corporate world, where competition is increasing, where there is a 24/7 always-on mentality, and where people are expected to do more with less. This sort of environment is conducive to driving people to high levels of stress.

Putting the 'W' Back in WFH

Jeremy Vandehey | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Jeremy Vandehey

For the last year, my commute was a grueling 20 feet. I showed up to work early to fight for the best parking spot (location: the couch...opponent: my dog) and put in a solid 8 hours of work (also consisting of naps, laundry, and video games). I work from home (WFH), and I'm a lot better at it now than I used to be.

Horrors When Corporate Culture Goes Bad

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Are some bosses, senior staff and chief executives are so isolated from the day-to-day that they really don't know what's been going on for so long?

Think Summer Hours Are Enough to Make People Happy?

Christine Fruechte | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Christine Fruechte

While you may think giving your staff a couple of extra hours of free time a week is feeding their souls, you're wrong. Time off is always welcomed, but employee happiness and productivity are driven by much more than free afternoons.

The Workplace Revolution: Adding Company Culture to the Mix

Josh Stevens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Josh Stevens

As more companies create inspired, innovative and hands-on environments, the demand for additional workplace benefits in the form of flexible hours, onsite daycare options and expanded healthcare provisions grows.

If the Culture Fits... What Zappos and Other Employers Look For in New Hires

Blair Forlaw | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Building a workforce where everyone "fits" doesn't imply homogeneity, which breeds group think -- a fatal flaw in a competitive global economy.

An Open Letter to All Business Leaders From Your Stressed-Out Employees

Susan Cole | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Susan Cole

The solution goes well beyond drinking the occasional kale smoothie. To really improve our situation we need to wake up and make some fundamental changes to our corporate cultures -- not just on paper, but in practice.

Changing the Corporate Battlefield

Melissa Riddington | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Melissa Riddington

I collapsed at work. Twice. Once was not enough for the perfectionist in me. But, thankfully that was several years ago. My body forced me to stop, whether I liked it or not. I finally listened and made what I thought at the time were difficult decisions.

Do American Firms Need an Asian Sense of Honor, With Resignations at the Top?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Last week I participated in a small conference of executives and scholars at NYU on the interplay of law and voluntary initiative in setting the tone ...

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

Abolish Bureaucracy and Count Real Output

Edward Muzio | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

Wait a minute -- Consultant Brain cries -- I know this! It's bureaucracy. It's that form you're required to submit, to indicate that you're already doing what you're already doing.