The Future in High-Performance HR

It’s important to think about the future. No, this isn’t an article about innovative hiring strategies or the best applicant tracking technologies. That article would have been called something like “The Future of High-Performance HR.”   This article is about thinking about the future—more specifically, how thinking about the future determines the success of HR systems.     The impact of HR systems How do we know if HR systems achieve desired outcomes? Some core systems are easier to test. Do they make a process more efficient, cost-effective, or compliant with laws and regulations? The answer is pretty much yes […]

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The Ben Franklin Effect: Giving to Get Business Results

Benjamin Franklin is a notable historical figure for many reasons. One reason is a brilliant observation: that you can get someone to like you, by getting them to do a favor for you. This is known as The Ben Franklin Effect.   His autobiography describes how he once used this knowledge to his advantage, turning a rival legislator into a helpful friend: Having heard that he had in his library a certain very scarce and curious book, I wrote a note to him, expressing my desire of perusing that book, and requesting he would do me the favour of lending […]

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3 New Insights on Work-Life Balance

How can you balance “work” with the rest of “life?” It is a tricky question—it can be difficult to decide what we really mean by balance. There are actually 5 different ways people tend to think about it.   Then perhaps the best first step is to understand how ‘work’ and ‘life’ really influence our happiness. In this article, we discuss 3 insights from recent research.     1. Two different types of balance There are two basic ways that “work” and “life” can influence one another.   Conflict Aspects of one area can damage, impede, or prevent desired outcomes in […]

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6 Reasons Employees Don’t “Speak Up”

People don’t always “speak up” when they see a problem at work. And the results can be disastrous. The best case scenario is that unaddressed problems only end up costing time and productivity. Other far-too-common results include accidents and injuries, failure to address unethical behaviors, and public scandals. Employee silence can also reduce innovation and damage morale, job engagement, and satisfaction.   What motivates employees to remain silent? Keep reading for useful insights from a recent series of studies tracking the nature of actual employee silence incidents.   When employees didn’t speak up These are the issues that employees most report remaining silent […]

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How Weekends Affect Monday Morning

Does it matter how you use your weekend? We know that it does.   But what are the weekend activities that most influence how you will feel Monday morning? What can you do this weekend to get the biggest boost at work next week?     Psychological resources Psychological resources are thoughts or ways of thinking that help you to achieve your goals. And recent research has identified 2 of the main resources that we should try to recover over the weekend. Self-regulatory capacity. This is the ability to exercise self-control, pay attention, and monitor or change your behavior as […]

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