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How to Avoid Having to Fire Your Best Employees

July 10, 2014 In his recent New York Times musings about the struggles of small business ownership, suburban Philadelphia furniture manufacturer Paul Downs described his firing of an employee who had been with him for 20 years.That provoked a great deal of criticism from readers and fellow business owners, to which Downs responded ...

The Most Valuable Keywords to Have on a Tech Resume

July 7, 2014 Silicon Valley CEOs (and many from farther afield) are constantly complaining that good technical talent is expensive and in short supply. There’s something to their concerns. At every education level, jobs requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) skills in the US take far more time and money to fill ...

The Company That Thinks it Can Finally Solve the Problem of Business Cards

July 3, 2014 People have been predicting the end of the business card for years. Countless startups have popped up promising to make carrying more than one card, or any at all, obsolete. But in Japan, where the exchange of business cards is still treated with elaborate etiquette and they’re rarely shoved in ...

Google Just Confirmed Everything People Fear About Diversity in Tech

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology industry is frequently thought of as a place that’s heavily white and male, and often unfriendly, if not hostile, to women. Google took a look at its own diversity record and released the data to NewsHour and in a blog post, and it confirms many fears. According to ...

What Managers Do When Technology Does Their Work

May 22, 2014 The enterprise software company Asana manages to serve multi-billion-dollar startups such as Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox and Pinterest with only 65 employees. That’s because streamlining workflow is what the company, whose motto is “Teamwork without email,” is designed to do. The company, founded by the Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskowitz and the ...

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 ...