Unconscious Bias in Recruitment – Where Interviews Go Wrong

Why aren’t more women in the boardrooms of major corporations? Why don’t more African-Americans work in the burgeoning tech industries? When asked, companies often claim a lack of qualified candidates. However, many of these companies might consider the lesson that orchestras across the nation learned in decades past.  Prior to the 1970s, 95% of orchestra members were white men. Orchestras […]

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4 Reasons to Ditch the MBTI in Talent Management

There are many aspects of human behavior that puzzle psychologists. One such aspect is how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) remains so widely used in hiring and employment contexts, when decades of psychological research have shown that it is a poorly designed instrument that shows no particular ability to identify the right candidate for any job.  The Backstory The (MBTI) […]

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Why Vacations are Good for Business

Employees list time off as second only to health care as a desirable employment benefit. The research on the benefits of time off couldn’t be clearer. Vacation time is associated with better mood, higher life satisfaction and better health. It has been estimated that workplace-related stress is responsible for $190 billion dollars in health care spending, and contributes to 120,000 […]

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Five Red Flags to Look Out for When Making Your Next Sales Hire

Ask a veteran sales executive how to hire a successful salesperson, and they’ll often say: “you know one when you see them.” However, when it comes to what personality traits predict a successful sales hire, the reality is a bit more complicated.  We crunched the numbers on REAL client data, and as it turns out, some of the personality traits […]

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Workplace Friendships are Good for Business

It doesn’t sound groundbreaking to say we humans are happier when we have friends. But it’s more than just happiness. Research finds that people with more friends also live longer. Why?  Humans have a “need to belong”, which is comparable to our needs for rest, food, and water. Our brains are so wired to prioritize social connection, so much so […]

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