Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix.
It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,”
I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it’s probably a good thing that my plans changed because I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, “He’s wrong! Please don’t do this!” Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
My Facebook and Twitter feeds were blowing up yesterday with links to articles at NYTimes.com, The Huffington Post, and Jezebel about how the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain supposedly makes its sandwich makers and delivery drivers sign non-competition agreements.
These agreements purport to preclude employees from working for certain nearby competitors for two years after their employment with Jimmy John’s ends.
I’m not going to comment specifically on Jimmy John’s and its purported practice other than to say that I work in Philadelphia and it would be sacrilege to let a “sub sandwich” pass between these lips. But, I do have a few general pointers from employers about restrictive covenants. Read more…
Addressing attraction and retention was cited as the top business challenge for 52 percent of employers in a recent HireRight survey.
Attracting quality talent and keeping them is vital, for obvious reasons, but employers are frequently shooting themselves in the foot by not following through on promises they made in the recruiting and hiring process.
“The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs 4.4 years according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.” Read more…
Last week, I had the privilege of taking a behind the scenes tour of Zappos and speaking with several of their top leaders. ]
Mine was not the popular tour advertised on their website, but rather a real peek behind the curtain to see the wizardry of this renowned workplace culture phenomena and iconic brand.
I’ve read Tony Hsieh’s bestselling business book, Delivering Happiness, and have seen some of the clever Zappos employee videos on YouTube, so I wasn’t shellshocked by this very non-traditional workplace environment.
The converted city hall building in downtown Las Vegas that serves as Zappos headquarters radiates individuality and personality with a spattering of controlled chaos thrown in for good measure. Read more…
It sounds counterintuitive, but an office environment with the right mix of distractions is actually a part of a high performance culture.
The reason is simple – we don’t have the mental endurance to consistently work straight through the business day.
Supporting this, research continues to show that adding breaks to your workday is essential for staying productive. Further, not only does it protect you against burnout in the short and long-term, it also enhances your ability to innovate. Read more…
Most of the innovation we have seen in HR technology has been aimed at professional and managerial employees.
Take recruitment: the typical recruitment application asks a candidate to sit down at a PC and submit a resume. For someone looking for a job as a short-order cook, janitor or cashier, submitting a resume is overkill and presents a barrier to quickly filling the job.
Furthermore, many hourly workers do not have ready access to a PC. That’s another barrier to what should be a simple recruitment task. The recruitment tools that seem perfect for hiring professionals are awkward and ineffective for hiring hourly workers. Read more…
More than 1,200 high tech start-ups and household names from Yelp to Salesforce call San Francisco home.
Web phenom Reddit, the self-styled “front page of the Internet,” is small but influential. It became its own lead story last week as word leaked out that it had offered its numerous, and in many cases long-term remote employees, the choice of relocation to San Francisco headquarters or a “generous severance package.”
The move-here-or-move-on edict did not seem tied to performance issues, the collapse of collaboration or imminent financial or competitive peril. In fact, the high-flying firm had just secured a $50 million investment from a group of tech funders (unrelated to this policy, we are told.) Read more…
I like watching the TV show The Voice.
It’s singing competition show that has four famous singer judges who compete against each other by picking teams of singers who compete against each other. But, The Voice doesn’t allow the professional judges/coaches to actually physically see the participants before they’re selected.
It’s a “blind” audition. They the judges can hear them and have to decide if they want the singer based upon their voice, not how they look. It’s really well produced and the people are talented and hungry. Read more…
In the last 12 months, the topic of values has caught the imagination.
Putting values at the center of everything your organization does can make all the difference in engaging and motivating employees and customers.
It is a year this October since our book about organizational values, The 31 Practices, was published, and I wonder if you’ve noticed the increasing focus on values all over the world since? Read more…
In one of his blogs, Seth Godin talks about the Levy Law which describes the way animals forage for food and how that law applies to the Internet.
The more I think about the Levy Law, the more I see how it applies to the world of work.
The Law says that forging animals work an area and then, once food gets scarce, they move on to another area, work that area, and move on again.
I see myself doing this on the web. I find a website or blog and visit it for several weeks. Then I notice that it starts to repeat itself, so I move on to look for new nuggets of wisdom elsewhere. Read more…