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Threatening to Fire Workers Doesn’t Make Them More Productive

May 20, 2014 One of the biggest ways companies motivate people is the threat of losing their jobs. Some do it explicitly through forced ranking and threats of layoffs. Others create insecurity when managers give infrequent feedback or incomplete information. But actively encouraging workers to fear for their job doesn’t make them more ...

No Matter What the Boss Says About Flextime, Get to Work Early

May 16, 2014 Flex-time is not as flexible as you might think. The belief that getting an early start to the day is virtuous is widely held. In fact, finds a forthcoming study, it’s so pervasive that managers rate workers who get an early start higher than those who get in and stay ...

Technologies Designed to Save Time Are Helping Us Waste It

April 21, 2014 Technologies like email and videoconferencing, designed to save time, end up helping people waste more of it. A new study by Bain & Company published at the Harvard Business Review finds that the way we order our lives and structure our business operations, and particularly our meetings, wastes a spectacular ...

The Best Measure of an Employee Is How Well She Mentors Others

April 15, 2014 On his faculty profile at Wharton’s management department, the first qualification that Adam Grant lists is not his work with Goldman Sachs and the United Nations, his Oprah-endorsed bestselling book Give and Take, or the distinction of being called “brilliant” by Malcolm Gladwell. Those accomplishments are there, to be sure, ...

How to Avoid Hiring Selfish People

April 9, 2014 Adam Grant is something of a prodigy in the business-school world. He’s Wharton’s youngest full professor, and its highest-rated teacher. His claim—outlined in last year’s bestselling Give and Take—that helping others leads to more success than focusing only on getting ahead individually was profiled in a cover story by the ...

The Best Way to Organize Your Business Communications Is Not to Organize Them at All

April 2, 2014 Slack, a chat app from former game studio Tiny Speck, has become extremely popular in the short time since its release in February, particularly among web developers and in media. Early adopters include teams at Adobe, Medium, and Rdio. Slack is often touted as an email killer, promising to provide ...

Google is Running a Study to Figure Out How People Work

March 28, 2014 Much has been made of Google’s free food and beautifully designed offices, but the truly distinctive thing about the company is the huge amount of research that goes into designing each perk, hiring policy, and management structure. It’s a scientific approach that, according to Google’s senior vice president of people ...

Why Managers Shouldn't Focus on Hires Who Will Hit the Ground Running

March 14, 2014 “The thing that you start to hear as you get bigger, when someone talks about a candidate they want to hire, they often start talking about how they’re excited because this person will hit the ground running,” LinkedIn’s Dan Shapero tells Quartz. “And hitting the ground running is a very ...

How Facebook and Twitter Built the Best Employee Training Programs in Silicon Valley

March 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Training employees and managers is essential for at any company but particularly for startups. Yet many avoid it because it seems too hard or expensive. “A lot of companies think their employees are so smart that they require no training,” Andreesen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz writes in his recent book. ...

Three Management Mantras That Ben Horowitz Says Are Stupid

March 10, 2014 Before becoming one of the founding partners of venture capital behemoth Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz co-founded and was CEO of Opsware, a software company. His recently published book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, is a chronicle of the company’s series of near deaths, eventual sale to Hewlett-Packard, and the ...