Why We Hate Conference Calls [video]

January 27, 2014

When it comes to phone conferences, clueless people and technology conspire to create many deadly phone conferencing sins. What would it look like if your conference call took place in real life? That’s what Mashable envisioned when they put together this hilarious video. Take a look and then share with me in the comments section: what’s […]

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How Do Leaders Create Continuous Improvement?

December 10, 2013

I’m writing an article for my HR Answers expert page on the ways that leaders can foster “continuous improvement” for themselves and for their teams. I’m looking for specific examples and am keeping the definition fairly broad: whatever you think “continuous improvement” means, I’d love to hear your idea. What are ways you personally strive […]

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7 Tips for a Happy Office

December 9, 2013

This post is provided by London Offices, offering handpicked, premier office space in London’s business hub. From natural light to strong coffee, small tweaks and changes to the way your office is run can have huge positive effects on productivity, happiness, and output. Thanks to the office experts at London Offices, who have prepared these seven […]

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3 Fallacies of Employee Performance Measurement

December 5, 2013

Yahoo’s announcement that CEO Marissa Mayer is implementing a forced ranking system has once again ignited the debate about evaluating employee performance: do performance management systems do more harm than good?  For large organizations, it’s a given that there is a formalized process performance appraisal. According to research the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), 86% […]

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Are Messy Desks Such a Bad Thing?

March 7, 2013

This post is sponsored by Official Space, the UK’s favorite office space website. Almost everyone has used a desk at some point in their life. It’s just one of those things you do. From school to University to work, the desk is a tool built for a very practical purpose. But there tends to be […]

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Productivity Tip – Are You Creating Space for New Ideas?

November 14, 2012

My office cleaning service sucks. (That would be me.)  Cleaning my office doesn’t help me serve my clients, so it’s the last thing on my to-do list. I’m not a hoarder by any stretch, but eventually the clutter catches up with me. The light bulb finally went on: a messy office creates visual clutter, which […]

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10 Reasons People Resist Attending Your Meetings

October 29, 2012

Do you ever dread leading a meeting because you know that people are going to show up with barely concealed negativity or meeting malaise? People have lots of possible reasons for resisting your meeting. Take a hard, honest look at the meetings you run. Do any of these conditions exist? It’s heinously boring. (Sorry, but […]

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20 Good Reasons to Say No to an Idea

August 30, 2012

Every day, you’re in a position to say “yes” or “no” to people. Doesn’t matter what you do for a living – someone is always requesting something of you: Customers want you to cut them a special deal Employees make difficult requests of their managers Kids plead, “Just one more story, Mom!” at bedtime A […]

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Effective Meeting Leaders Set the Right Expectations

August 20, 2012

A few weeks back, I wondered why we hate meetings. Shortly thereafter fellow Women of HR contributors Laurie Ruettimann and Lisa Rosendahl offered up remedies to meeting woes. Laurie (aka The Cynical Girl) says that effective meetings follow the GRPI format. Trying to solve a problem? Here is the first question you must ask when […]

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Multitasking and Its Effect on Productivity

August 16, 2012

Ever since I discovered research by Chabris and Simon on the ineffectiveness of multitasking, I’ve been like a dog with a bone on uncovering its harmful effects. According to the infographic The Perils of Multitasking by, there are numerous studies that have explored the detriments of trying to do more than one thing at […]

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