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What Makes Employees Work Harder: Punishment or Pampering?

August 28, 2013 You're a boss. You have a bunch of employees you consider under-motivated, unproductive, and, well, sorta lazy. You wonder: How do I make them talk less? Focus more? Try harder? Think more creatively? Just be better? You turn to social science and economic research and find that much of the ...

Men Think They’re Better Off Working Alone, Even When It’s Not The Case

August 22, 2013 One of the puzzles of the persistent gender wage gap is why women are highly overrepresented in certain fields, like the nonprofit sector, and hugely underrepresented in other fields, like financial institutions and executive positions in major companies. One reasonable question to ask about the gap is: How much should ...

The Economic Cost of Hangovers

July 5, 2013 The Fourth of July is beer's annual breakout party, with weekly sales often surpassing $1 billion around Independence Day. So when the Fifth of July falls on a weekday like this year, employers are advised to, well, manage their expectations. Excessive drinking costs the economy more than $220 billion -- ...

Why Is It So Hard to Hire Great People?

June 24, 2013 This week, Google admitted that its infamous brainteasers -- e.g.: "How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?" -- are awful at predicting who will be a good employee. Your reaction might be: um, FINALLY. And, sure, thinking about windows-per-housing-unit isn't the most direct way to ...

How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful?

June 3, 2013 The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, and our income ...

Analysis: The Biggest Myth About the Gender Wage Gap

May 30, 2013 It might be the most famous statistic about female workers in the United States: Women earn "only 72 percent as much as their male counterparts." It's also famously false. A new survey from PayScale this morning finds that the wage gap nearly evaporates when you control for occupation and experience ...

Video: Big Changes Coming to Your Gmail Inbox

May 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gmail announced on its blog this morning a major design overhaul which will be rolling out to inboxes "gradually." The new inbox is designed around five tabs: primary (for your human-to-human contacts), social (notices from Google+, which you knew they'd work in somehow, YouTube, and Picasa), promotions (retailers), updates (did ...

The Most Fascinating Charts From an Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

May 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's behemoth was born this morning, weighing in at 117 pages. Here are the 12 most interesting pages. Check out the ...

How Our Incredible Shrinking Government Raises Unemployment and Hurts the Recovery

May 7, 2013 How is this recovery different from all other recoveries? After every other recession since the early 1970s, government employment grew. In the four years following the end of the Great Recession, government jobs got the guillotine. You can see the specialness of our recovery in this compelling graph produced by ...

Analysis: The Shameful Sequester Vote

April 29, 2013 The morality play known as "Sequester" is entering its third act this week, and what a spectacularly awful and pointless piece of theater it has been. In the pre-curtain progloue, the president cuts a deal with the GOP to avoid a debt ceiling crisis in 2011. They schedule a law ...