Culture

Why millennial job-hopping shouldn’t be a warning sign for recruiters

Millennials have a bad reputation as entitled job-hoppers. Hiring managers can’t get past resumes that read one and a half years here, two years there. Red flags go up. Recruiters think: Lack of experience. Hard to...

Why even ‘casual’ companies should have dress codes

The days of the formal company dress code are numbered. Even traditional suit industries like banking are loosening their standards. But lax or non-existent dress codes promote the false ideal that appearances don’t matter at work....

How companies succumb to sunk cost culture

In theory, companies are meant to act rationally, efficiently and in their own economic self-interest. But humans manage them, so they succumb to irrational thinking. The sunk cost fallacy is one of the most popular forms...

How to improve your employer brand

Employer branding is important. Companies with strong brands (a good reputation among employees) attract high-quality candidates more easily, can hire more selectively and have a lower cost-per-hire than companies with blander brands. This is the single easiest...

The limits of euphemism

As individuals it is likely that we have differing degrees of tolerance for being spoken to indirectly. And yet most of us are either approaching, or have already reached, our limit in terms of euphemism. I...

Holacracy after the hype: lessons for business

It has often been tough to separate Holacracy from its accompanying hype. The alternative management system, meant to distribute authority and unleash innovation, arrived abruptly in the public discourse when it was adopted by two companies...

The dishonest myth of work-life balance

There are some truly bad ideas that are nonetheless born survivors. The notion of “work-life balance,” popularized in the 1980s, has been the source of a deep well of human misery. And it is one that...

Employee monitoring: to track or not to track?

As anyone who has ever worked in the corporate world knows, it’s easy to clock up a 9-5 day and get absolutely nothing done. Before computers were the office norm, you could probably stare into cubicle...

Strategies for building an inclusive workplace

An inclusive workplace makes a difference for more than half of all employees who currently hide aspects of their identity at work. These include the working mom who has been penalized for family responsibilities. And the...

The problem with hiring for ‘culture fit’

Culture fit is trending again—but not in a good way. In the 70s, organizational psychologist John Morse conducted an experiment on company culture fit and found that workers whose personalities matched their jobs felt more confident...