The 3 Gifts People Really Want

The holiday season is here. For many of us, it’s time to start thinking about finding gifts for the important people in our lives. Finding the right gifts can be time-consuming and stressful—and you still might not end up getting something they really want.   How can you know what people really want? Research has shown that it comes down […]

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Does Working with Friends Increase Performance?

Does working with friends make you perform better on the job? Or would it be better to work with strangers? Results from a recent analysis—including results from 26 different studies and nearly 1,000 teams—give us some interesting answers.   Working with friends There are reasons to think that working with friends can increase job performance. For example: Feeling uninhibited can […]

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Scary, Creepy, Icky, Gross Jobs: How Managers Can Help

Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday, let’s talk about a certain type of job. We’re talking about things like sanitation, waste collection, custodial work, animal control, corrections, and even exotic entertainment. These sorts of “dirty work” are almost always in demand. Many of these jobs absolutely need to be done by someone…even if most people don’t want to do […]

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2 Mistakes that Make HR Initiatives Unpopular

HR programs can provide tremendous value to an organization. But at the same time, HR’s initiatives aren’t always popular with employees, managers, or other key stakeholders. This can be bad. Unpopular HR initiatives aren’t anywhere near as effective. They might even create new problems of their own.   Fortunately, researchers are beginning to understand more about why some HR initiatives […]

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