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Sometimes Employees Get What They Deserve

December 2, 2013
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It’s okay to fire someone, as long as you’re not motivated by an illegal reason. Don’t feel bad for the poor employee who has’t worked out.


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Dolphin Tale — Hopeful or Harrowing Lessons on Bullying?

November 13, 2013
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Despite the ugliness of football player Richie Incognito’s behavior, the fall-out from the incident may one day be seen as a step in the right direction.
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Ram Charan Is the Guru of Globalization

November 13, 2013
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Ram Charan, author and management consultant, has a heady warning for U.S. companies expecting business as usual to continue.
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Holy Crap(s)

November 12, 2013
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I’d never played craps before. But at a recent conference at the Mandalay Bay resort I gave it a try. Almost immediately, the employees manning the tables earned my respect.
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2013 Game Changer: Matthew West

August 11, 2013
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Vice president/chief talent officer, McCann Regan Campbell Ward, New York
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Behavioral Change: Behavior-Motivating Recognition Programs on the Rise, Survey Finds

June 19, 2013
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In the past five years, behavior-motivating plans have become an increasingly popular aspect of employee recognition programs, according to a new survey.
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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?

June 19, 2013
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We want to conduct cross-training sessions to help some employees acquire new skills. We also have employees that already perform these tasks and don't want them thinking our cross-training is a reflection on their performance. How should we handle this to make sure everyone's on the same page? Is there a better alternative? —Don't Want Hurt Feelings, HR manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Grand Cayman
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How Do I Respond to Employee Concerns About SWOT Analysis?

June 19, 2013
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Some ideas have been presented by management to help employees identify areas of essential skills. One idea is to have employees complete a SWOT analysis. But employees have expressed a range of concerns about SWOT, including: • Since I'm already doing more with less, when do I find time to complete the SWOT worksheet? • If I identify threats, how will I be perceived by management? • Since we have limited funds and can't give raises, how could we capitalize on opportunities that emerge from the analysis? • Will I be considered a narcissist by management if I list things I do well? • How do I list my strengths when I'm not even sure what they are? —Can't Swat These Worries Away, OD director, government, Panama City, Florida
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Part of Boston Consulting Group's Success Comes From Looking Out for Its Workers

February 20, 2013
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Boston Consulting Group ranked No. 4 on Fortune's Best Companies list for its emphasis on a positive culture and the development of the firm's most important asset: its employees.
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