Are You Hiring a Psychopath? 4 Warning Signs

Psychopaths are people that essentially don’t care about other people. They typically only look out for their own interests, and may have no sense of empathy or remorse. Some won’t even try to hide it. But others have learned how to act like “normal” people—and even how to make a great first impression in an interview.   How can you tell if you’re about to hire a psychopath? Keep reading for 4 hidden clues that research has linked to psychopathy.     1. Pay attention to emotional expressions Emotions can provide important clues. You need to understand the distinction between […]

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When Bad Stress is Good

Sometimes stress at work can be “good.” It can help you to get excited, and show real passion for your work. A stressful experience might even help you to identify and fix serious problems in the workplace.   But stress at work is often “bad.” It grinds people down over time. It can lead to loss of motivation and burnout, and contribute to a variety of health problems. How can this type of stress possibly ever be a good thing?     The difference between “good” stress and “bad” stress We can see the difference happen, physically in the body. […]

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Does Workplace Culture Drive Business Performance?

Can having the right culture cause your organization to succeed and improve? Maybe. We know that aspects of workplace culture are correlated with indicators of business success. But then again, it could be the other way around. It’s possible that organizations first experience success, and then see changes in culture as a result. Or it could be something even more complicated.   Which one is it? How can we tell the difference? A recent study—one of the first of its kind—followed 95 sales franchises across 6 years. Their results provide us with some very useful insights.     How do […]

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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 Best of 2016: Most Popular Cangrade Articles

Let’s take a look back at the best Cangrade articles from 2016. For the purposes of this list, “best” just means “most popular.” These are the most viewed articles, month by month. (Just click each title if you want to read the full article).   January: Personality Types Don’t Exist Some of the most popular assessments claim that people have distinct personality types, and that you can take the assessment to find out yours. They also claim to provide information that can teach you something important about yourself and the people around you. But there is no evidence that any […]

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