Independent workers include those on fixed-term contracts, independent consultants, those working through temporary agencies, workers on an on-call arrangement and those who own a business with less than five employees.Read More
I met with a group of talented, thoughtful executives recently. We discussed values, culture and the role of speaking up in the face of organizational misdeeds. As we talked about leadership, I was asked a challenging question. Read More
What strategies are effective for ensuring employees remain motivated during the recession (critical since companies are asking them to do more work with fewer resources)?
—Bad Feeling Coming On, software services, California
Most early-adapting companies are in the first of three phases to a value-based approach to health care, which involves reducing or eliminating costs around specific medical conditions that have, or may in the future have a negative effect on an employer's health insurance costs.Read More
It seems to me retail executives are going too far, letting business objectives blot out the bigger picture about the holidays and ignoring a cultural shift away from crass commercialism.Read More
I am a manager who has created a situation of perceived favoritism among my staff. I hired a new employee who happens to be a friend. I made the mistake of putting forth a work-improvement suggestion made by the new employee. She and I have been suffering the backlash ever since. How do I go about repairing this fiasco?
—Oops, office manager, government, Long Beach, CaliforniaRead More
Some employers, such as humanitarian organization World Vision, above, provide support and resiliency training to workers whose job is dealing with crisis situations.Read More
The authors of the new book say employer goodness requires an inspiring purpose to buoy an organization during tough times.Read More
The most effective ‘anti-retaliation' approach is to make ‘surfacing and listening openly to problems' an element of operational excellence and daily behavior, vital to the company's core values, best leadership practices and success.Read More