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Race, Responsibility & Hiring Algorithms

Frankenstein’s monster or Dr. Frankenstein? Algorithms provide a cloak of objectivity – but that doesn’t make them infallible. Just like humans, algorithms may rely on stereotypes that reinforce discriminatory hiring practices. Why is this? Because that’s what they’re designed to do. The backbone of many of these potentially discriminatory algorithms is something data-scientists call “satisficing,”. Satisficing is a decision-making strategy that aims for a satisfactory or adequate result, rather than ...
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Groundhog Day 2018: When More is Better

Happy Groundhog Day! The big prediction is in for 2018. Punxsutawney Phil—the star of the most popular annual Groundhog Day event—saw his own shadow this morning (as he does about 70% of the time). According to tradition, this means that there will be 6 more weeks of Winter! But how likely is that prediction to come true? As a much more recent tradition, the Cangrade Blog shows you exactly how ...
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Are Work Meetings Really Worth It?

Work meetings can be a controversial subject. Some people think that meetings are essential. Some people see meetings as a big waste of time. But then again, everyone can agree that communication is important. And of course, we can all agree that it’s possible to spend too much time in meetings. What does the research show? Researchers recently analyzed the data from 150 studies (including nearly 10,000 teams). Perhaps their ...
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Happy Holidays from the Cangrade Team!

Warm holiday wishes from all of us here at Cangrade ...
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Best of 2017: Most Popular Articles of the Year

2017 was a really good year. (When it comes to interesting new research, anyway.) Let’s take a look back at the most popular articles. January: Interview Better with This Trick How can you make the best impression in an interview? The most charismatic, funny, and witty people can think fast. Eye contact tends to slow down your thought processes. Looking away at the right times can speed up your responses, ...
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Do You Believe in Destiny? Here’s How It Affects Your Career

Do you believe in destiny? Some people believe that the outcomes in their life were “meant to be.” Some people believe in “free will.” And quite a few people are somewhere in between—maybe some things are up to you, while other things were somehow predetermined. Did you know that these beliefs can predict what happens in a person’s career? Let’s not stop to ponder if our ability to predict career ...
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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 to 3 basic things. People want… 1. What they ask for ...
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A Surprising Trait Predicts Who Tells Lies

What kind of person would lie to you? If we’re talking about personality traits, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the “Dark Triad.” These 3 disturbing traits (Psychopathy, Narcissism and Machiavellianism) often seem to go together. None of that is at all surprising. We pretty much expect that kind of person to lie to us. But it turns out there’s even more to the story. [well] Related ...
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The Bias that Changes Every Career

Let’s talk about a bias that affects every person’s career. Researchers recently discovered this bias by analyzing nearly 20 years of career data across 57 different countries...then they confirmed it further with two new experiments. What is this bias? Why does it seem to happen everywhere? To understand it, we first need to acknowledge a couple of basic things about careers. Career trajectory The trajectory of your career is ideally ...
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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 make people happy. Happiness can increase job performance. A positive workplace ...
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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 them. These jobs can be very hard on employees. What ...
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Why Do Leaders Ignore Advice?

Some leaders take advice from the experts. They listen to their colleagues. They even listen to subordinates. Other leaders only seem to value their own opinions. We know that this has something to do with power. In general: People in low-power positions are more likely to take advice. People in high-power positions are less likely to take advice. But why does this happen? And why does it only happen with some ...
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Personality Predicts Your Response to the Cold Virus

Personality traits can provide useful clues for making predictions about people. When it comes to predicting who might get sick, some of these clues seem fairly obvious. For example, people who are highly conscientious might be more likely to do things such as wash their hands (after all, conscientious people tend to be more careful, disciplined, and well-organized). As another example, people who are more neurotic or introverted might try ...
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Pre-Hire Assessments: How Long is Too Long?

Pre-hire assessments come with an apparent trade-off: If an assessment is too short, you might not get enough information to make the best hiring decisions. If an assessment is too long, you might end up losing applicants because of it. But is that really how it works? How long is too long for an assessment? New research provides us with a surprising answer. A recent large-scale analysis—including more than 200,000 ...
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Does Intelligence Make Leaders Influential?

Some leaders are more influential than others. And, of course, some leaders are more intelligent than others. But more intelligent leaders aren’t necessarily more influential. In fact, research has found that the most intelligent leaders tend to be less influential. [well] Related articles: The Trait that Defines a Leader 2 Traits that Makes Leaders Miserable Do Leaders Need Good Manners?[/well] Intelligence and influence The most important thing to understand about ...
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3 Minor Details with Big Effects on Team Performance

There are many things that can determine the success of a team. But sometimes, it’s the little things that actually end up making the difference. 1. Number of people Imagine that you’re walking down the street, and see someone in need of help. How likely is it that you would actually stop to help them? If you’re the only person around, it’s pretty likely that you would. If there are ...
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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 succeed, while others fail. And they have identified 2 key mistakes ...
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Why People Expect Assessments to Do Impossible Things

We all want to make well-informed decisions, especially when there are valuable outcomes at stake. Having specific information and knowledge about likely outcomes can be incredibly useful—but only if we actually know how to interpret the evidence. A classic example Imagine that you go to see the doctor. The doctor administers a medical assessment for a rare disease that you might have. You test positive. The doctor informs you that it’s a ...
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September is the New January

September marks a new beginning for many people (back-to-school or not). It’s a lot like January. People are returning from their vacations. People are wondering why every year seems to go by faster. People are planning ahead and setting goals. People are more motivated than usual. But most importantly, this “September feeling” is just one example of a bigger phenomenon. And it’s something you can make happen. Almost any time ...
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How “Outsiders” Drive Innovation

Sometimes the most remarkable innovations come from “outsiders.” Why do people who aren’t experts in a given field sometimes have the greatest ideas? There are two potential reasons. Outsiders might bring knowledge and expertise from a different field. Outsiders might pay more attention to details that the experts take for granted. Hang on. Recent research suggests that only one of these two things actually leads to successful outsider innovation. What leads ...
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3 Types of Employee Engagement

Is the idea of “employee engagement” too simple to be useful? It’s easy to think in simple terms...that some employees are just more engaged than others. But what does it really look like? We know that many factors influence employee engagement, including: The candidate experience Job characteristics Leadership style Perceptions of fairness Employee recognition Work/life balance Sleep quality Do we really think all these different things result in the same ...
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Top 10 Job Posting “Fail”s

Let’s be honest: Most job postings aren’t all that appealing. Even if you have the best tools for accurate hiring decisions, even if you make the process fast and efficient, you still might not end up with the best candidates. You need to convince the right people to apply in the first place. And that usually begins with the job posting. These are the top 10 job posting mistakes to avoid. [well] Related ...
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The Power of Sharing Employee Stories

It’s important for organizations to establish a mission and vision for the future. Ideally, employees should be able to describe what they do...and why it’s important. People want to do work that has meaning and purpose. They want to work for an organization that shares their values, and they want to work with other people that uphold those values. Having a known statement about your shared mission or vision can ...
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Do Your Genes Decide Your Job?

Job roles and work environments are designed with purpose. We know that this is true. Even in the language we use, an employee is said to “fill” a job role, or “fit” a work environment. It would be easy to assume that’s the whole story. But what if it were actually the other way around? What if the characteristics of our job roles and work environments were already decided, before ...
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