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Human Workplace

PayPal President to Staff: Use Our Stuff, or Take a Hike

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Liz Ryan

PayPal President David Marcus is coming under fire for blasting his employees via email for their failure to use the company's products. I got these ...

How Corporate Jargon Shapes Corporate Culture

Liz Ryan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

When I was 19, I got burnt out on waiting tables and decided to become a part-time office bunny. I stocked up on office attire and went down to Kell...

Reinvention and Relationships, or, Not Everyone Wants You to Change

Liz Ryan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Liz Ryan

I went to speak to a group of people in transition. We talked a lot about the non-transactional side of job search or career change -- the personal, i...

How do I bring up relocation expense on my job interview?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.04.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Dear Liz, I have a second interview for a Director job next week, and at the first interview I didn't say a word about relocation. I had just finishe...

Whose Brand Is It, Anyway?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

"So anyway, that was my old company's policy," said the breathless guy on the phone, whose name turned out to be Phil. "They used to tell us that we c...

Building the Human Workplace

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

When an organization decides to follow the human workplace path, they start by telling the truth about the human and inhuman issues swirling around them. They talk about what's going well and what's not. They don't believe that being a leader means being divorced from the action.

Job References Are Pointless

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we cared about talent in our organizations, we'd recruit differently. If we cared about talent, we'd scrap the early-twentieth-century recruiting process we follow in nearly every organization.

The Truth About Socially Responsible Business

Liz Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Liz Ryan

There can't be socially responsible business as long as the basic framework of business, the underlying idea that the employer makes the rules and calls the shots and employees grin and bear it, gets replaced, or at least shifted, in a big way.

The Awful Truth about the Black Hole

Liz Ryan | Posted 11.09.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

You're an employer. You place a job ad. A lot of people apply for the job. Some of them seem to be well-qualified and others don't. Is that any excuse not to respond to every single one of them?