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January 9, 2017

Tales of Great Bosses: Thinking Out of the ‘Boxed’

How do you motivate a debt-saddled millennial workforce when the economy makes it extremely difficult to plan for the future? That’s the question many millennials are currently facing as they start to raise families in a world that is much different than the ones their parents flourished in. A world where college tuition has risen […]

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April 5, 2016

To Emoji or Not Emoji?

A recent Cotap Inc. survey showed that 76% of workers admit to using emojis in professional communications. I have mixed feelings about that. There is no shortage of industry blogs, experts, and analyses that will tell you emojis are here to stay and we should get used to them popping up in daily communications. Again, […]

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February 18, 2016

The Ups and Downs of Employee Autonomy

As a manager, engaging employees on the job is a constant search for balance. You want to praise their hard work and effort, but not make them feel too self-conscious or patronized. You want offer incentives to motivate them, but you also want to hold their results accountable. You want to be flexible and nice, […]

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January 19, 2016

The Era of the Empowered Employee

Indeed.com, the biggest job site in the world, commissioned an end-of-year study showing that more than 50 percent of US workers are thinking of making a career change in 2016. Some of the chief motivators were a better work location, a higher position/title, and the biggest motivator was salary, with 79 percent of respondents listing […]

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December 8, 2015

Taylor Swift: Megastar or Millennial Spokesperson?

Taylor Swift doesn’t care if you think she’s part of the “Me” generation. She flew in the face of all of our careful quantitative analyses of the so-called millennial demographic when she ended her “1989” tour in Australia last week by sending a heartfelt thanks to her 125 crew members and band technicians on Facebook. […]

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November 3, 2015

To Drink or Not to Drink (At Work)

Going out for a beer after work is probably one of the oldest traditions in the modern workplace, but lately a growing number of companies are bucking that tradition by allowing alcohol in the office as an employee perk. The New Water Cooler The Wall Street Journal called the keg the new water cooler in […]

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August 19, 2015

It’s Official: Millennials Rule!

According to a recent Pew analysis of U.S. Census Bureau figures, Gen-Y has officially edged out Gen-X in 2015 to nab the largest share of the workforce, making up 35 percent of all US workers with Gen-X, Boomers, and Traditionalists trailing at 34, 29, and 2 percent, respectively. Currently 1 in 3 American workers are […]

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July 28, 2015

Recognition That is Timeless

An employee’s length of service is important for building unique connections and fruitful relationships in the workplace. Celebrating service milestones gives us recurring opportunities to build those connections and relationships over the years. Sometimes an employee sticks around so long they become a fixture, a part of the organization’s DNA, and it’s hard to imagine […]

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June 22, 2015

The Summer of Gen-Z

Summer is here, and that means millions of 16-24 year olds will be looking for summer jobs as they graduate and go on break from high school and college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the youth labor force grows sharply from April to July each year, and they do mean sharply – the […]

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May 13, 2015

David Letterman’s Retirement and the Great Boomer Exodus

When asked by the New York Times to describe his impending retirement, David Letterman called it “a good solid punch to the head.” After taping 6,000 episodes of “Late Night” across a 33-year career (3 more than Johnny Carson), his analogy could not be more fitting – retirement is always a figurative punch to the […]

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