Managers often seek to develop good working relationships with employees -- and for good reason. Those close ties motivate commitment to work and support among the workforce, along with better overall performance. But is there any risk that too much bonding with employees could backfire? Rece...
Have you ever felt that time off wouldn’t be worth it because the planning and preparation effort — not to mention mountain of catch-up work — would be so overwhelming? If so, you’re not unusual. More than 50% of Americans take less than their allowed vacation time each year. Some reasons...
If you want to get a light penalty for committing a crime, you’re better off cheating employees of their earned wages than stealing a pair of designer shoes or the latest electronics off the shelf at your local retailer. That’s what a recent report shows in the Demos research brief, The...
 A lot of us are rightfully worried that no matter how much we prepare, our negotiations will derail into an unproductive debate or shouting match. Even when we go into negotiations with a collaborative and positive problem-solving mindset, there’s always a risk that things can get emotionally ch...
When someone says they “don’t have enough time,” what they really mean is they don’t have time for the stuff they really want or need to do. But in the end, it's always a matter of reorganization. Nobody can create more time out of thin air. We're all limited to a fixed 24 hours per day and ...
Employers and business leaders constantly complain about the gap between what students learn in college and what they need to know in order to succeed in the workplace. This is especially concerning when we take into account large — and always-growing — number of people who earn college degree...
Great news for U.S. workers: we're currently experiencing one of the tightest labor markets in American history. The bad news (for employers, but maybe not job seekers): the U.S. facing a serious "skills gap". According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our country currently has over 7 million unfi...
Most of us know that women are paid less, on average, than their male counterparts for the same work. But one out of five women don’t negotiate their salary when they accept a job offer. Failing to negotiate a starting salary when you take that first job after graduation results in an average ...
There are plenty of factors that can hold back our careers, from lack of skills and education to more personal things like physical appearance or a family reputation. But one factor many of us don’t consider is our personality: preferences, habits, quirks, and style. Yet it doesn’t have t...
The mounting body of research on technology and personal productivity has shown that the average person is distracted or interrupted every 40 seconds when working at their computer. In short, we can’t work for even a single minute before we drift off to look at something else. Of course it’s som...