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It’s Time to Focus on Empowerment and Recognition

Jay Williams, the new assistant secretary at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, wants to improve the poor morale of the agency’s workforce. In last year's “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings the agency was all but dead last among 300 agency ... Read & React

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them. Maya Angelou

Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

For most people, a satisfying commute is not necessarily a happy one—a not-so-unhappy one will do. Yes, it's true that the ideal commute not absolutely zero commute; many of us can use the time to ... Read & React

Yoga Makes Brains Nimble, Too

by Sonali Kohli

Yoga has long been touted as a way to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, but it may also make you better at your job—or your retirement activities. Practicing hatha yoga three times a week improved older Americans’ information recall, mental flexibility and task-switching, according to a ... Read & React

Unlocking the PerformanceStat Potential

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

Harvard University’s Bob Behn has been working on his latest book about the “Stat” movement for more than a decade. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of The PerformanceStat Potential and told him I would read it and share my impressions with others. In his inimitable response, he just asked ... Read & React

Why Employers Favor Dads Asking for Flexibility

Introducing…the “fatherhood bonus.” New research shows working dads receive an advantage over working moms when they request flexible hours to care for their kids. Christin L. Munsch, a Furman University sociology professor, coined the term in her new research paper presented at the American ... Read & React

Inject Some Life Into Your Daily Grind

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Back in 2007, Tim Ferris released a mega best-seller called The 4-Hour Workweek. He’s since gone on to release a couple of other best-sellers but it was his first book that really put him on the map. It was a great title for sure. Who doesn’t want a four-hour work week? I’ve always joked, however, ... Read & React

The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates

When I was 17, if you asked me how I planned on getting a job in the future, I think I would have said: Get into the right college. When I was 18, if you asked me the same question, I would have said: Get into the right classes. When I was 19: Get good grades. But when employers recently named the ... Read & React

The Seven Signs That You Work Too Hard

Many people proudly describe themselves as workaholics, part of a modern culture where long hours and no free time are a sign of being successful and needed. But the term describes a real—and sometimes dangerous—addiction. Workaholism is defined by a recent paper as ‘‘being overly concerned about ... Read & React

The Joys and Sorrows of Late-Night Email

At 10:13 PM last night, I sent Atlantic assistant editor Joe Pinsker an email to say I was writing an article about all the after-work time we spend on email. Before the clock struck 10:14, Joe had replied: "Sounds good." Without having any idea that I would share his correspondence, Joe ... Read & React

Why You'd Better Start Using the ‘F’ Word

by Sarah Agan Director, Corner Alliance Inc.

No, not that word, the feedback word. There is so much talk about the importance of providing feedback and yet for some reason it still seems to rank at the bottom of the list in terms of organizational competencies (maybe too much talk and not enough action/practice?). Even the most senior leaders ... Read & React

The Secret Weapon of Successful Professionals? Good Manners.

As far as touching, stick with the handshake in the office.
by Sonali Kohli

Manners may seem like an antiquated art form, but politeness can have a positive effect on productivity and business success. Here are some tips to wooing co-workers and potential business partners in good form: Direct the conversation to the other person Getting someone to talk about themselves ... Read & React