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The Complete Guide to Flexible Work That Doesn’t Kill Your Career

Many people work happily and effectively from home. Research suggests that these “flexible” workers can be more productive, and that they have higher levels of well being, and much less depleting conflict between work and family. But these types of schedules come rarely and at a cost: There’s ... Read & React

We’ve taken a lot of costs out of the system, but we’ve never been able to catch up. [Still] we’re not going to put the white flag up. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on fixing the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service

How McKinsey Does Work-life Balance

Leading management consultancy McKinsey joined with a number of other prominent companies to announce an effort to improve employee health this week. But McKinsey is unusual because its employees ... Read & React

Technology on a Diet: 5 Reasons to Embrace Open Source

Sharing information in the name of innovation isn’t anything new. Collaborative intelligence helped publish the Oxford English Dictionary, spur advances in 19th century science and powered the world’s first automobile. Even Ben Franklin insisted on donating his bifocals and lightning rod to the ... Read & React

How Environment Can Boost Creativity

by Cody C. Delistraty

It took F. Scott Fitzgerald nearly a decade to finish Tender is the Night, his semi-autobiographical novel about the physical, financial, and moral decline of a man with nearly limitless potential. While working on the novel, Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, moved between France, Switzerland, and ... Read & React

So Many Risks, So Little Time

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

“By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness,” says Jason Black, a researcher at Battelle Institute. This scenario, of course, keeps the leaders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission awake at night. What is their risk ... Read & React

What Leaders Must Learn From the NFL Fiasco

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the league’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before ... Read & React

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Several years ago, I was invited to give my first public speech, and I made the mistake of saying yes. I was terrified: as a student, my heart used to race at the mere thought of raising my hand in class. For weeks beforehand, I had nightmares about forgetting my lines, waking up in a cold sweat. ... Read & React

CEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Health

In the United States, companies pick up a great deal of the bill for a healthcare system that spends the most but accomplishes the least among industrialized nations. Getting wise to this, more employers have rolled out wellness programs, where workers are encouraged with either a carrot or a stick ... Read & React

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness. Clicking through photos of cute small animals at work? That's not silly procrastination, Hiroshima University researchers said. Looking at adorable pictures of kittens rolling helplessly in balls of ... Read & React

Employee Recognition: Try It, You’ll Like It

Virtually every organization has employees, possibly many, like Bob, the focus of a brief story I read recently. The author and storyteller is David Novak, the CEO of Yum! Brands. In his book Taking People With You, Novak writes: “I asked [a group of employees] what I thought was a straightforward ... Read & React

5 Things to Know About Phased Retirement

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

I’m happy to report that the Office of Personnel Management last month issued its final phased retirement regulations. I know that many agencies and federal employees are eager to take advantage of this new, innovative alternative to traditional retirement. I think that this new policy, once it is ... Read & React