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How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Imagine for a moment that being dissatisfied had a marketable dollar value attached to it. It’s not too far off from the truth; everyone suffers when employees aren’t satisfied with work. We lose roughly half a trillion dollars to employee dissatisfaction annually and it can be easily avoided. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Lewis Garrad explain how to tell your boss that you aren’t engaged at work. Engaging Yourself at …

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6 Hard Truths IT Needs to Accept

The truth can be a hard pill to swallow. CIOs now function in a time where all the parts of IT that were once commonplace have now been upended. There are two approaches to these difficult changes: Ignore them in order to continue striving for unrealistic ideals, or accept the truth and plan the future of your business around that change. In an article for CIO magazine, Dan Tynan conveys six hard truths that IT …

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Put an End to Your Feedback Loop

On one hand, we want to always be improving how we work in order to become stronger leaders. On the other hand–change is hard. Sometimes we put off addressing or outright ignore feedback we receive, but there is nothing more damning than receiving the same negative feedback more than once. In an article for strategy+business, Jesse Sostrin gives tips on how to end this feedback loop. Snipping the Loop Sostrin lists off four different ways …

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A Guide to Email Design Best Practices

In spite of all the new options that exist, email is still a major marketing tool. A good email campaign can crack open the gates to new business—but only if the design of the email is stellar. In a post at MageMail, Amanda Ng shares a comprehensive guide to email design best practices. The Email Starter Pack Ng touches upon almost everything one could think of, so here are just a few highlights to munch …

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Tactical Performance Is Eroding Your Bottom Line

It turns out that “familiarity breeds contempt” may be true on an organizational level just as much as on a personal one. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi share their research that indicates an adherence to strategy—measured as “tactical performance”—can actually hurt business performance, unless it is balanced out by a crucial second factor. Process Gone Astray Everyone knows that a business should not develop processes just for the …

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Are Rewards or Punishments Better Motivators?

Does sparing the rod spoil the employee? Is a steady stream of incentives and rewards the ticket for drawing out optimal performance? Which methods and attitudes have the best proven track record for motivating preferred performance? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tali Sharot explains if rewards or punishment are better. Pleasure vs. Punishment A study at a New York state hospital wanted to increase the amount of employees who washed their hands when …

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Ways to Build Up Your Information Security

Corporate security policy is one of the major issues haunting IT today. It’s more important now than ever that businesses focus on information security. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels talks about information security for enterprise technology. Info Security for the Modern World When asked, more than a third of IT leaders put information security as a top concern for 2017. And it’s not particularly hard to see why when looking at some of …

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When to Speak the Truth at Work

Everyone has had that moment when someone in a position of authority says something so dumb you feel your jaw hit the floor. But for some reason, everyone in the room is nodding along and acting like this is a good idea. It’s in times like these that you may have to challenge authority in order to prevent a huge mistake from occurring. In a post at his website, Art Petty explains how you should …

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How to Improve Your Listening Ability

There are some people out there who can read a room the same way most people read a book. They have the roadmap to nonverbal cues and how to listen to the way someone talks on a level that’s beyond just content. But for others, this isn’t such an easy process. In an article for Project Times, Uri Galimidi explains how to help improve your listening ability. Listening In One of the key factors of …

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How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Working from home may seem like a dream come true for a parent. You get the comfort of home without the hassle of the daily commute. But now comes the hard part: striking a balance between home life and work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Daisy Wademan Dowling explains how to work from home when you have kids. Winning at Home Work Before you even start working from home, you need to be …

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