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Does Technological Freedom of Choice Improve Productivity?

For a long time, organizations have mandated what kind of technology devices that their employees can use at work. The goals include to unify an organizational culture and prevent security issues. However, organizations have compromised the preference of their employees with such a mindset. And this is why the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) guerilla movement of recent years has intended to deepen customer relationships and better work ethics. Matthew Raskin, in an article for the Enterprisers Project, ...

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The Death of the Job Interview, and How Top Companies Are Replacing It

Interviewing is a pain for anyone who has to pass this all-in-or-nothing round. However, as the person on the other side of that table, you cannot tell if people are honest and telling the truth in an interview, unless you can read nonverbal signs or their minds. According to Ron Friedman, an award-winning social psychologist, we are creating a condition where people are being dishonest because it is the only way for them to get ...

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How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust

Being motivated and engaged at work results in job satisfaction, work productivity, and organizational commitment. As such, many organizations have been offering employees performance-based bonuses, company profit-related pay, or share ownership. Sometimes, these incentives work perfectly as expected, but other times, they backfire. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Kevin Daniels, and Karina Nielsen share their research on the subject. Their study indicated that performance-related pay was positively associated with job satisfaction, organizational ...

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We Punish Women Who Use Flextime

Flexible work arrangements promote productivity, enhance job satisfaction, and enable retention of valuable staff. However, not all employers are willing to give their team flexible hours, and the perception of flexible workplace varies by gender. In a Harvard Business Review article, David Burkus shares data that indicates a problem. Implicit Bias Research at Furman University examined how likely people were to approve (fictional, but treated as real) requests for flexible work accommodation. Requests were largely ...

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Why Veterans Can Fill Your Company’s Tech Skill Gaps

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is higher than the national average. This has urged the U.S. Department of Labor to partner with Amazon to create an apprenticeship program that trains veterans for technical roles, both to reduce the unemployment rate for American veterans, and to fill the tech skills gaps. In writing for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco points out that veterans possess valuable skills that can bridge ...

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3 Steps to Avoid Hiring Bad Managers

Bad managers cause great damage to a company. In a 2015 Gallup poll of 7,272 adults, 50 percent said that they left their companies because of their bosses. Because of this, human resource departments of many organizations have attempted to interview employees, or keep a tally of employee resignations by manager in order to spot the problems in their organizations. However, not all companies are embracing these practices, and bad managers can still find their ...

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4 Talent Management Strategies that Keep Your Company Competitive

Employers are paying increasing attention to talent management and talent optimization in recent years. Companies have now realized that human resources are the direct route to success, and their HR have been working to exploit as well as retain good employees. In the field of IT, the same rule applies. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett suggests some ways for IT managers to gather talents and fulfill business goals: Compete for new talent. Develop ...

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The Hidden Toll of Workplace Incivility

Technology was supposed to make everyone’s lives better. Better lives should probably equate to nicer people. Yet McKinsey shares data that 62 percent of employees reported “being treated rudely by colleagues at least once a month” in 2016! Compare that to 49 percent in 1998. What happened? There is no one explanation for the rise in malice, but in an article for McKinsey, Christine Porath discusses the serious repercussions of its presence. Negative Feedback Loop ...

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What Experience Should Matter Most When Hiring a Project Manager?

Are hiring managers emphasizing the wrong things as they seek project managers? Do they place too much emphasis on direct industry or related product experience? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander examines hiring attitudes and considers what should really count for hiring a project manager. Sorry, It Depends It may not be too surprising to hear that the highest-value candidate traits will depend upon the nature of the job and its inherent risk factors. ...

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Top Reasons Employees Leave and How to Prevent It

People can get so anxious about spending money to adequately train new resources, when the risk of them hopping ship is always lurking overhead. But if you offer an attractive work experience, should that threat really be so large? In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses findings from a report of 2,500 American CIOs about employee turnover. Don’t Say Goodbye Six top causes of employee turnover were identified. In order, these include limited opportunities ...

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