People With Sense of Purpose Tend to Do Healthy Stuff

People who have a sense of purpose in their life tend to make healthier lifestyle choices and report feeling better about their own health status, according to a new study. “Our analysis found that participants’ sense of purpose was positively associated with their reports of both vigorous and ... Read & React

Texting Your Office From Home Is Ruining Your Spouse's Work Life

by Lila MacLellan

Office employees have come to accept that there are no off-duty hours, and work will impede on life at home. Phone calls will need to be made, texts sent, emails responded to. We keep up like this, even though research has proven that all this spillover of work into the home is a serious bummer ... Read & React

Data Show Government is Not a Great Place to Work

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Every year, the Partnership for Public Service partners with Deloitte to identify the best places to work in the federal government. The rankings started in 2003 and are based on data from the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The message from the report, released in December, was ... Read & React

How Donald Trump Spends His Three Hours of 'Executive Time' Each Morning

The morning routines of the most powerful and accomplished people are commonly scrutinized and emulated in the hope of replicating their productivity. For those who struggle to get started in the morning, studying their schedules tends to generate shame. So it is particularly refreshing to learn ... Read & React

The Limits of 'People Analytics' in Reshaping the Workforce

Using computer algorithms to make decisions about employees might seem like an objective management strategy, but it could actually give an inaccurate picture of productivity and compromise employees’ rights in the process. Many businesses are turning to algorithms to make decisions about hiring ... Read & React

How to Spot Toxic Employees Before You Hire Them

When people on a team work well together, exemplifying positivity and a willingness to listen and grow, it’s like hitting a productivity jackpot. Some forward-thinking companies have even gone so far as to revamp their entire interview practices to put more emphasis on teams, recruiting groups ... Read & React

How the Digital Revolution Is Transforming Government

The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on research and insights shared by current and former government officials. What follows is an edited excerpt from that report. Digital ... Read & React

Almost 70% of U.S. Managers Are Scared to Talk to Their Employees

by Corinne Purtill

Being a manager inevitably entails an uncomfortable talk with employees, be it a bad performance review, a delicate personal situation, or unpleasant news from higher-ups. But an astounding number of managers report that the hardest part about talking to employees is talking to them at all. In ... Read & React

Sexual Harassment Literally Makes Victims Physically Ill

by Leah Fessler

Up to 85% of American women say they’ve experienced sexual harassment at work, and a new study suggests that the impact of this harassment extends far beyond their careers. The study, a survey from Ball State University, found that sexual harassment puts its victims at risk of psychological ... Read & React

Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Tax Cut’ Holds Some Big Unknowns for Government

President Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Dec. 20.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

At President Trump’s big pre-Christmas tax cut celebration, he proudly told everyone, "I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas.” And, he added, “that is exactly what they are getting.” The spin machines are going full blast to tell us whether we’re better or worse ... Read & React