Archives for September 2014

5 essential steps for pursuing happiness at work

Best selling author, blogger and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau did a remarkable thing: He visited all 193 countries. (Now worldatlas.com says there are actually between 189 and 196, depending on your definition. But we'll let that slide for now.) From that journey, and from the stories many people shared with him along the way, Guillebeau wrote his NYT bestseller, The Happiness of … [Read more...]

3 things about the future you’ll want to know now

Ever wonder what the world of work will look like in 2022? Do-do-do-do. Do-do-do-do (Think Twilight Zone theme here.) Well, wonder no more. The consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC have done the work for you in a newly released study. And to hear them tell it, well, you don’t need my interpretation. Their words are far more compelling: Tremendous forces are radically reshaping … [Read more...]

The one downside of your open-door policy

Rules of thumb are great, but they are not absolute truths in all situations. For instance, it’s a rule of thumb that great managers have an open-door policy. Another rule of thumb is successful organizations solve problems close to where the problem occurred. In other words, if you have a waste basket burning in your parking lot, you don’t summon your marketing team. Makes complete … [Read more...]

A proven, 9-step plan to employee greatness

Some people are naturally driven to excel. They don’t need much encouragement. But for all the rest, that’s where a good manager comes in. Everybody likes to do well in order to feel good about themselves. Managers can help them do that with this simple 9-step plan to greatness. Employee greatness Step 1:  Carefully remove the word “I” from your interactions with employees and replace … [Read more...]

40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not doing your job. If a recent Gallup Poll is correct, you are probably pulling your own load, and then some. The poll, released the Friday before Labor Day, showed the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past. The average time worked by full-time employees has ticked up to 46.7 hours a week, or nearly a full extra eight-hour day. Just 40 percent … [Read more...]