The Bottom Line: Effective Employees are Worth Money

Employees impact the financial success of organizations. Decades of data have been collected from thousands of organizations across virtually every industry, and the results are clear: The average value that an employee adds to their organization varies by about 40% of their salary. In practical terms, this means that high-performing employees add more value to an organization than the typical […]

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Why You Really Should Apologize for the Polar Vortex

2014 began with a dip in the polar vortex that brought about extremely cold temperatures and a variety of unpleasant outcomes related to such nasty weather. Today, the White House’s “We the Geeks” program brought together a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of extreme weather events, and how they may be related to broader climate change. As we […]

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The Perils of Video Interviewing

With the increasing availability of high-speed internet and videoconferencing technologies, many companies are considering their use for pre-employment interviews and employee selection. While these new technologies likely can help companies save time and money over more traditional face-to-face interviews, there are a number of serious concerns about their use. Most of these concerns are related to the possibility that a […]

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3 Ways to Bust Bad News Stories on the Internet

People like to take shortcuts. When it comes to the information that people choose to believe and share with others on the Internet, these shortcuts often come in the form of articles that provide a secondary account (not first-hand) of the information in question. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of room for misinformation, ranging from deliberate deception to naïve misinterpretation. […]

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The Keys to Effective Communication in the Workplace

Over the last few months I’ve written extensively about communication in the workplace and I figured that I would combine my recent posts into an article with major take-aways. I hope this will be useful. In a recent study of more than 1,400 employees surveyed by Salesforce 86% cited a lack of communication and collaboration as the primary reason for […]

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