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The Incredibly Simple Trick to Effective Work Email

10:15 AM ET Let’s face it. In-person workplace communication is fading with the growth of chat programs and remote work environments. That means more and more of our efforts to influence our co-workers and bosses is done virtually. Here’s a simple, quick way to do it a little bit better that was spotlighted ...

A Compelling Case for Bringing Back Private Offices at Work

January 22, 2015 The cushy private offices, complete with couch and bar, that Don Draper and his ilk enjoyed would be unthinkable in most companies today. The workplace has seen a years-long trend of shrinking personal space—driven, if you believe the companies doing it, by a desire for increased collaboration in an open ...

The Management Cliché You Really Can’t Afford to Ignore

January 12, 2015 One of the most consistent pieces of advice given to managers is an incredibly simple one. Provide good, frequent, feedback. It helps make sure a worker is constantly improving, feels cared about, and doesn’t feel disconnected. Yet insufficient or bad feedback is a common complaint of employees, often rated as ...

Engineers and Computer Scientists Don’t Really Like Working From Home

January 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It seems intuitive that engineers and computer scientists would prefer working from home, since tasks like writing complex computer code require intense, solitary focus. But a debate started on Y Combinator’s Hacker News, the popular forum for tech types, has raised the question of whether, despite the interruptions and agitations ...

More Proof That No One Wants or Listens to Your Voicemails

December 23, 2014 Many young people will agree that voicemail—once essential in business and personal communications—has in just a few years become basically irrelevant and actually quite annoying. So Coca-Cola’s November memo announcing that it would disconnect landline voicemails at its headquarters comes as a vindication for those trying to convince the last ...

The Future of Management Training Is Simulations

December 22, 2014 Overnight, after spinning off its research based drug business into AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories found itself a very different company. It didn’t just completely switch up what it sold. The parts of the world and people that mattered most changed, too. Half of its profit, 70% of its sales, and a ...

Employers Ignore Almost Everything on Your Application–Except This

December 2, 2014 It’s the holiday season, and millions of people are about to get a flood of unsolicited career advice from older relatives. Most of it will be useless. You don’t need to be told that a resume should be clear, uncluttered, and typo free. (A good summary of common, deal-breaking mistakes ...

Developers, Want to Earn More Money? Learn Ruby on Rails

November 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been corrected If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative. Quora threads on the subject have inspired dozens of ...

The Shrinking of Personal Space at Work

November 19, 2014 First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature. Now they’re coming for the desks themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned workstations. The financial motivation to ...

In the Workplace of the Future, Say Farewell to Your Desk

November 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature (paywall). Now they’re coming for the desks themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned workstations. The financial motivation ...