The Silent Killer of Workplace Happiness, Productivity, and Health is a Lack of Basic Civility

by Christine Porath Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

More than ever before, people are feeling disrespected at work. Employees, like some at Uber, feel they’re working in a toxic culture with insensitive managers. Others complain about being treated disrespectfully based on gender, race, or religion. Some employees receive rude, stinging ... Read & React

The Only Safe Email is Text-Only Email

by Sergey Bratus and Anna Shubina

It’s troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam. Any one of the endless stream of innocent-looking emails you receive throughout the day could be trying to con you into ... Read & React

The No. 1 Reason Why Your Presentation Sucks

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

For some people, public speaking is more terrifying than death. If that’s you, the reason for this is the same as why your presentations are probably terrible. It’s not that you don’t know your subject matter. You likely know it better than the back of your hand. It’s not that you aren’t ... Read & React

No, the Government Doesn't Have a Problem With Murderers Getting Security Clearances

As someone who has been writing broadly about the defense industry, and specifically about hiring practices for individuals with security clearances, there’s a recurring theme to the challenges—the government struggles to attract and retain individuals in national security careers. Congressional ... Read & React

A CEO Makes the Case That Young Employees Are Better at Solving Problems

by Lila MacLellan

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes less creative problem-solving. That’s what Nancy Lublin believes, anyway. The 46-year-old entrepreneur—she’s currently the CEO of Crisis Text Line, a text-based counseling service for people in crisis—says younger people are just better at solving ... Read & React

The Dark Side of Networking

by B.R.J. O'Donnell

In 2012, Katherine Milkman, a professor at Wharton who studies judgment and decision-making, co-authored a study that sought to determine the role of race and gender in professional advancement. In order to do that, Milkman and her colleagues used 20 names that might be associated with a ... Read & React

How Agencies Can Find and Develop Future Leaders

I’ve never met a CEO who was confident her organization was generating the leadership talent necessary to meet the needs of their changing business. The shortage of emerging leadership talent in a world seemingly mad with change and disruption is the stuff of sleepless nights for executives. And ... Read & React

Wanted: Competent Management

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

Federal agencies are finalizing their grand reform plans and four-year strategic plans to submit to the White House Office of Management and Budget this week, but it’s worthwhile to stand back and look at whether they’re doing the basics right. A team of researchers led by Raffaella Sadun, ... Read & React

How FEMA Can Reduce Fraud in the Wake of Harvey and Irma

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke meets with officials carrying out response and recovery efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
by Linda Miller

As the old adage goes, when you want to find fraud, follow the money. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for another huge post-disaster recovery operation. As many as half a million Texans and untold millions of Floridians will ... Read & React

Working Alone ‘Together’ Can Be Good Motivation

The sense that you’re not the only one tackling a challenge—even if you’re physically alone—can increase motivation, say researchers. As the new study notes, people undertake many activities in life on their own but with others in mind—a researcher writes a paper on a new medical treatment and ... Read & React