Whatever Works riffs on what's right--and wrong--in the workplace. It seeks best practices from within and outside the workforce, and sometimes takes a stroll down memory lane.
Although I’ve heard the “In five years … ” line dozens of times about innovations like drone delivery, I wouldn’t bet against this. Meantime, let's not moan about the drone.Read More
Under the new office concept, called the New Way of Working, outside of a few C-level employees, none of the unit’s workers have traditional desks, offices or cubicles.
As your company soars to new heights thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of your team members, the organization should let the workers come along for the ride.Read More
What do you get when you put two Second City executives into a room with a Grammy-nominated songwriter? Turns out you get a lot of insight into innovation.
According to a recent survey of 400-plus human resources professionals, 82 percent said their companies do not include social media in their rewards programs. Really? What gives?Read More
Helping employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of employment and labor laws, rules, and regulations, rationally and pragmatically.
Pick your poison: Merry Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Holidays. Whichever you choose, have a joy-filled December.Read More
If you are planning on denying an unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation, understand that these terminations are risky and will draw scrutiny from the EEOC.Read More
Class action waivers are legal, so long as employees cannot reasonably read them to restrict their right to file unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB.Read More
Title VII does not just protect minorities from discrimination. It protects all employees from discrimination.Read More
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.
Welcome to Work in Progress, a blog in which I try to be part observer, part adviser and part provocateur. I write about such issues as the "employment deal" between workers and organizations, people management strategies, advances in workplace technology and the social safety nets designed to catch displaced workers. I'm convinced the world is progressing toward an era of greater reciprocity between workers and employers, and organizations that get ahead of this trend are more likely to thrive.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Disney has become data-conscious in the way it manages its creative workforce.Read More
The way forces of transparency are disrobing companies and exposing them — warts and all — for anyone to see.Read More
Creating a great company culture doesn’t have to be serious work all the time. It can be funny business, too.Read More
Get the perspectives and insights on recruiting, talent management, compensation, workforce technology and the ethical workplace from the voices at Workforce and others on the frontline.
You might wonder what players in the NFL, surgeons masked in the operating room, professors in the halls of academia have in common. The answer is a lot.Read More
It’s hard to believe that no one raised warnings about obvious design and operability concerns. They were too profound and widespread for that not to have happened.Read More
Issues around the quality of teaching are coming into focus in our school system. We should be scrutinizing our workplace the same way.Read More
The point is that while experts have their processes and special methods, it is the leaders who determine their value and effectiveness.Read More
As it’s long been said, talk is cheap and often in plentiful supply.Read More