Millennials, Stop Working From Home All the Time

The crown jewel of contemporary work-life balance is the ability to do your work from home, but are we doing it right? At this very moment, I am pacing around my kitchen island, sipping coffee brewed in my own coffeepot. Thousands of Americans are likely doing the same, even as they check in with ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

When Performance Measures are Counter-Productive

One reason to measure performance is to evaluate the effectiveness of organizations and of people. But this is not the only purpose. In fact, I think that there are multiple answers to the question: ... Read & React

The Correct Criticism of Obama’s Vacation Habits is That He Should Take More, Not Less

What’s more befitting of the American president—being a chronic workaholic, or taking a couple weeks off to hit the links with Larry David and read The Girl on the Train? That’s the contrast Donald Trump drew when criticizing president Barack Obama for declining to disrupt his vacation to visit ... Read & React

The Secret to Repairing a Broken Conversation

We’ve all been there. In the midst of a productive conversation with a colleague, something unexpected happens. It might be an awkward phrase or an unintended tone of voice, or maybe someone simply says something we don’t want to hear. Suddenly the conversation has veered off course and one or both ... Read & React

Is Telework Really Benefitting Your Agency?

The Washington Post, citing a Government Accountability Office report, recently published an article entitled More Feds are Working from Home. But no one has figured out whether that’s really a good thing. The thrust of the report and the article is that while roughly 267,000 Federal employees are ... Read & React

A Vacation Reentry Survival Guide: Return to Your Life Filled With New Energy

by Jenni Avins

On a recent Monday morning, I found myself taking deep breaths in my Manhattan office’s supply closet. It was a sad change of scenery from the Oregon coast, where I’d spent the previous week cruising two-lane highways, hiking beneath towering spruces, and spotting whale spouts in the sprawling ... Read & React

Are You Putting Your Agency’s Reputation on the Line?

by Michael J. Keegan

Risk is unavoidable in carrying out an organization’s objectives. Whether we’re talking about a government agency or a private sector hospital, providing services to people is surrounded by uncertainty. While organizations cannot respond to all risks, one of the most salient lessons from ... Read & React

Is Performance Budgeting an Unnatural Act?

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Performance budgeting has been a mantra of government reformers at least since the Hoover Commission in 1949. But implementation has been sporadic. Why is something that seems sensible so hard to do? A couple of recent research studies could provide some insight—and caution—in attempts to implement ... Read & React

What Do Women Leaders Have in Common?

Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a UN event in 2012.
by Sharmila Ganesan

On the surface, one would be hard-pressed to find many similarities between German chancellor Angela Merkel, Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—except for the fact that they are all female leaders of nations. Merkel, for example, spent more than a ... Read & React

The Futility of the Workout-Sit Cycle

by James Hamblin, MD

In April, the AARP asked me to help moderate an international meeting of 15 exercise scientists in Vancouver. Their goal was to write a consensus statement about how best to use exercise to promote health (specifically “brain health”). What types of exercise are ideal? Is walking as good as ... Read & React

Amy Schumer’s New Book on How to Be a Boss

In Amy Schumer’s new book she describes her only one-night stand ever and rains fury down on women who wear their hair down at the gym. She also remembers being a very bad employee. In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, out today (Aug. 16) from Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, Schumer gives a ... Read & React

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