Employee Development: How To Do It Right

Every company wants to bring out the best in their employees. Not only does this help with employee retention, it also helps the bottom line. But what’s the best way to do this? Feedback? Mentoring? Tuition credits? Management trends come and go, but the idea of training your employees to diversify their skills and improve their performance has stuck around. […]

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How do you measure success?

Measurements of employee performance and success are critical data points that fuel hiring, retention, and promotion decisions. (At Cangrade, these data are the basis for all of the sophisticated AI that goes into building our customized Success Models.) So, when it comes to measuring employee performance, hearing that someone is doing “fine” just doesn’t cut it – but getting a […]

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This AI figured out who should sit on the Iron Throne (hint: it’s not Bran)

Millions of people tuned into HBO to learn who would get the most coveted job in Westeros, with many disappointed with the final decision.  This invites a challenge to all us fans: Can we do better?  Well here at Cangrade we’ve built an AI with the sole purpose of matching people to jobs, so we figured we’d give it shot! […]

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The Collateral Damage of a Competitive Workplace

One of the very first Social Psychology studies, conducted over a hundred years ago, pitted children against each another in a contest, and found they outperformed their own solo efforts. Why? It’s in our brain chemistry. Competition causes a stress response that activates energizing hormones (such as adrenalin). Success brings the activation of our brain’s reward system: feel-good hormones (such […]

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Fighting Off Toxic Workplace Culture

The signs are all there: Lack of positive reinforcement. Bad blood with managers. A general cloud of unhappiness descends over the workplace… The diagnosis? Toxic workplace culture. How do workplaces end up here? There are many factors that can create a toxic culture in the workplace, including: Lack of clear expectations and incentives No sense of community Demands that exceed […]

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