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Form Follows Function: flexible work arrangements and tailored office design!

Whether called telecommuting, teleworking or mobile work, flexible work arrangements are highly valued by today’s workforce because they allow employees more control over their busy lives. They are equally beneficial for companies because they create engaged employees and individuals who…

Union Activity Heats Up: Are You Staying Engaged with Your Employees?

Upon returning from a weekend of wine tasting with friends in Temecula, CA, I was jolted from my Bordeaux bliss by headlines of union activity heating up across the United States. “Facebook Shuttle Drivers Vote to Ratify New Teamsters Contract”…

Nine Tips for Smooth Performance Appraisals—Guidance for Managers

As managers sit down to prepare for a performance appraisal, they need to remember that this is a stressful time for the employee as well as the manager. Unless there is a significant performance or behavior issue, employees should leave…

Can Changing a Company’s Culture and Values Turn It Around?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that big banks are focusing more on their corporate culture and monitoring employee values and attitudes. They hope to avoid more years of bad headlines, bruising fines from regulators, losses and layoffs. It turns…

Would Your Company Win Your Industry’s Super Bowl?

New England Patriot Coach Bill Belichick won his fourth Super Bowl last night. Even amidst a controversy over cheating in the January 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts, his legacy will be as a master strategist of the game of…

Hiring Like Google — Recruiting is Everyone’s Job!

Google executives believe that, “Hiring is the most important thing managers do.” Everyone knows someone great, and recruiting is part of everyone’s job. I will be the first to tell you that what works for Google is no guarantee of…