What 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon Taught Me About Work

Factors Distracting from Measurable Results at workplace

There are things we think about or do every day that take us another degree of separation from what really matters at work–measurable results. 6 degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is approximately six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world (a concept popularized […]

The Real Costs and Causes of Presenteeism

The impact of presenteeism on the workplace

The 3 Different Types of Presenteeism “Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.” — Peter Gibbons Peter, from the definitive film on […]

How to Create a Corporate Culture of Innovation

If you want your company to be innovative, you need a support system for innovation. Seems a little obvious, right? Maybe not. This Global Innovation 1000 study shows that one key thing innovative companies have in common is a culture that supports innovation. However, only half of the companies surveyed have this kind of culture. Wow. Here’s what the study […]

7 Health Benefits Your Wellness Program Doesn’t Have

The Challenge of Change in Human Resources Management

Does your office have a gym? Do you have group exercise classes, weigh-ins, nutrition experts, and incentive programs for staying healthy? Wellness programs are a hot topic right now. Naturally, with out-of-control health care and insurance costs, companies are looking for ways to save money and keep their employees healthier. Now, let me ask you […]

7 Ways Managers Can Protect Team Priorities From Fire Drills

Handling Urgent Work Requests as a Team Leader

You’ve been there before. You’re in the zone, your team is doing everything right, getting things done. And then…something urgent pops up that needs your attention. Now. As the leader or manager of a team, how do you handle new priorities or extra work that gets handed to you from higher up, or from another department? […]

Challenges (and Solutions) to Unlimited Vacation Policy

Breaking Down Challenges & Solutions of Unlimited Vacation Policies

Unlimited vacation policies, or “no vacation policy”, can be a real head-scratcher for the uninitiated. How is that even possible!? Well, of course it is possible and fearless leaders are doing it. Still, if you and your employees are used to a fairly traditional work environment, the prospect of letting go of paid time off can cause some […]