Category: Great Working Environment

Happy and productive workers

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Matt was really happy when he went to work last Friday. He and his wife had just found out she was pregnant. He was thrilled. He told everyone, but he didn’t get much work done. Then, there’s Vic. Vic was easily the most unhappy worker I’ve ever known, but he always did good work. Once I asked him why  »  Read More

What office layout is best?

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Today, it seems, just about every company wants to move to open plan offices.  They’re after innovation, the Holy Grail of the 21st Century. The best design, they think, is one that fosters lots of chance encounters and opportunities for collaboration. But what about productivity? Jim Morgan has researched that  »  Read More

Meeting the Human Capital Challenge

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The Conference Board is just out with its “CEO Challenge 2014.” The report is based on a survey of over a thousand CEOs, presidents, and chairman from around the world. What’s the top challenge for those folks? It’s “Human Capital — how best to develop, engage, manage, and retain  »  Read More

When Jerry Quit

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Jerry started looking for a new job the day his daughter got her first job interview after college. He had started at the company when she was getting ready to start high school. For the first few years things were good. He had a great boss and interesting work. He liked the people he worked with. Then his boss got  »  Read More

What really matters

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What makes a great place to work? All kinds of publications come up with lists of them, accompanied by articles about some of the more interesting practices. You’ll read about great salaries and interesting benefits such as great free food, dry cleaning on site, and nap rooms. But when people talk about whether a  »  Read More

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