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March 2, 2015

Rethinking The Work Week

If you’re a full-time worker in America, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. That’s according to the American Time Use Survey, which examined 125,000 responses to calculate how much sleep we’re getting, and what we’re doing instead of it. The simple conclusion the survey came to is we’re working too much. Sleepwalking The National […]

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February 23, 2015

The Oscars’ Equal Pay Moment

In case you haven’t been on the Internet in the last 24 hours, Patricia Arquette is being celebrated for more than just her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood. During last night’s live telecast, the seasoned performer stood up for women everywhere, making a rousing plea to take action about the notorious gender pay […]

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October 22, 2014

Frozen Progress in Silicon Valley

In spite of its progressive reputation, Silicon Valley is a bit regressive when it comes to hiring women. Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have been under intense scrutiny in recent months after it was revealed that men make up around 70% of all tech employees. When you leave out non-technical jobs, the figure […]

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October 2, 2014

Does High Pay Equal High Performance?

Over the last fifty years, ratio of CEO-to-worker pay has increased by a factor of ten, much of that increase occurring within the last few decades. But what are we getting for all that money? The answer may be not nearly enough. Here we look into the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of executives.

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September 13, 2014

The Great Vacation Evasion

As we all get back into the swing of work after the long Labor Day weekend, it’s worth noting that Americans aren’t the biggest fans of taking vacations. Our labor-intensive society has made us one of the richest economies in the world, but unlike our similar rich neighbors, America gives its workers no guarantees for […]

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August 28, 2014

Onboarding School is in Session

We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school—nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends. The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults […]

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July 21, 2014

Sleepless in New York: LIRR Transit Strike UPDATE

New Yorkers are breathing a sigh of relief after the potential Long Island Rail Road labor strike that would have stranded hundreds of thousands of riders this morning was averted over the weekend. NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who some speculated would intervene in the dispute, was able to bring LIRR and Metropolitan Transportation Authority […]

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July 16, 2014

Sleepless in New York: The Looming Transit Strike

New York won’t be sleeping very easy next Sunday night. Unless union representatives from the Long Island Railroad reach a contract agreement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority this weekend, the 5,000 or so LIRR employees the city depends on to transport millions of riders to work will go on strike starting Monday. The main bone […]

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April 16, 2014

What is Engagement Worth?

The cost of turnover is estimated at 150% of annual salary. But what if you could only spend $5000 to find out which of your employees are engaged, and which ones are thinking of leaving? That’s what Amazon is trying with its new “Pay to Quit” initiative, an unorthodox retention method borrowed from Zappos, another […]

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January 23, 2014

Cash is Not King When it Comes to Employee Engagement

The misconception of cash as the ultimate motivational tool can create a problem with reward and recognition programs whose purpose is to increase employee engagement. While most enjoy a little variable pay now and again, cash is not the end-all be-all motivator that it’s cracked up to be—at the end of the day cash is […]

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