Understanding the Rising Rate of Suicide

by Monica H. Swahn Professor, epidemiology and public health, Georgia State University

Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased nearly 30 percent in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide – Kate Spade, a tremendous ... Read & React

How To Cry At Work Without The Social Cost

by Kimberly Elsbach Professor of Management, University of California, Davis

While I was working as an engineer at a large food company, I once became frustrated and upset when the meeting leader dismissed a concern I had expressed and, in my mind, put me down for voicing the concern at all. I felt tears in my eyes, but decided to stay in the meeting and try to get my ... Read & React

Why Bosses Cut Some Employees Slack for Unethical Behavior

by Susie Allen

Based on the research of Yajun Zhang, Kai Chi Yam, Maryam Kouchaki and Junwei Zhang. Imagine—or perhaps you don’t have to—that you’re at work and feeling very tired. You’re nearing the deadline on an important project, and you’ve stayed late at the office every day for weeks. Perhaps because ... Read & React

Why Are People So Unproductive in Short Windows of Time?

by Veronique Greenwood

Have you ever decided to take the next hour before you have to go to get something done, and then mysteriously failed to accomplish anything? If so, you're not alone. This phenomenon, when knowing that the available time has a limit keeps you from using it to its fullest, is the subject of a new ... Read & React

The Challenge Effective Leaders Embrace Every Day

I tripped across a simple diagram depicting a continuous loop of learn, adapt, and influence, in a book on negotiation by Michael Wheeler of Harvard Business School, The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World. While his emphasis was on describing the continually ... Read & React

Government Already Has a Blueprint for Implementing Pay For Performance

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Current plans to reorganize agencies and switch to pay for performance have a historical parallel: the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency instituted such a policy change two decades ago. The initiative was a solid success—a direct contrast to the failure to implement the National Security ... Read & React

For Many Students, Government Agencies Are the Most Attractive Employers. Really.

by Oliver Staley

Corporations are spending time and money recruiting young, idealistic college students by showing they care about social responsibility as much as profit. They still can’t compete with organizations that don’t care about profit at all. U.S. students across a wide swath of academic disciplines ... Read & React

You’re More Vulnerable to Isolation and Stress Than You Think

by Michael Lee Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

The nature of modern work has caused stress to rise to unhealthy levels at a time when people are also struggling with increased isolation. When you add up the hours spent on the job, commuting and doing additional work at home on our laptops and smartphones, many of us are devoting more hours ... Read & React

Only 1 In 4 Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed Tell Their Employers. Here’s Why They’re Afraid

by Margaret E. Johnson Professor of Law, University of Baltimore

On May 30, a grand jury indicted Harvey Weinstein on charges he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. And new allegations and lawsuits against the movie producer continue to pile up. Since the earliest reports of his abuse came out in October, scores of women in ... Read & React

The Biggest Problem The World's Workforce Faces Is a Classic Management Issue

The world is in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution, as the greater adoption of complex technology—particularly artificial intelligence and automation—shapes company processes and recalibrates workforces. The greatest challenge companies face is rolling out new tech while also making ... Read & React