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Work In Progress
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.

Big Promise, Big Peril in Big People Data

May 18, 2012
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Firms can use analytics in Machiavellian ways that might boost the bottom line in the short run but bruise workers and harm reputations over the long haul.
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A Tipping Point in Workplace Metrics

May 7, 2012
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The ‘cold, hard' numbers can lead to smarter decisions even as they promote the best of the 'warm and fuzzy' in company cultures.
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Who Knew My Matchmaking Would Lead to the Workforce Educational Organization?

April 26, 2012
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To me, the WEO is a good example of an all-win approach. We need more business and professional organizations with this sort of inclusive vision.
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More and More ‘Mad as Hell' Moments

April 3, 2012
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Recent public resignations are a sign that employees have the means and the moxie to take their grievances to the masses.
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Facebook Foibles

March 26, 2012
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It's not just the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Employers generally are still fumbling around in the Facebook dark. And more shins will be bruised before we find the light switch.
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Drag Race

March 16, 2012
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Work is a drag in the U.S. right now. It is literally dragging down American's well-being, according to the latest numbers from research firm Gallup Inc. This is so even despite evidence that both the economy and hiring are picking up.
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Warriors Show a Bit of Workforce Wisdom

March 7, 2012
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The Golden State Warriors pro basketball team is about the last place you'd expect to find lessons about smart workforce management. But despite years of lackluster performance and a losing record so far this season, the franchise has some surprising insights to offer.
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Apple and Foxconn: Beginning to See the Light

February 29, 2012
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In remarkable moves, Apple and its major supplier Foxconn recently gave into public demands for better treatment of the workers who assemble electronic gadgets in China.
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Collaboration Myth-Buster

February 23, 2012
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In thinking about how to help groups think better, beware of ‘groupthink'.
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The End of ‘Talent Management'

February 21, 2012
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Oracle's recent move to gobble up Taleo, which follows on the heels of SAP's pending acquisition of SuccessFactors, means the HR software world's biggest players have chosen a talent management specialist to acquire.
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