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Why Did She Get Hired?

July 31st, 2013 by admin in colleagues, corporate culture, jobs skills, Uncategorized

Didn’t get the job even though you were qualified? Wonder what happened? Perhaps someone else was more qualified.  It could just be a case of ” fundamental attribution error. ” The hiring manager may have used erroneous information based on attribution to give the candidate an edge. Read the rest of this entry »

Can You Anticipate the Future?

April 10th, 2013 by admin in colleagues

Business does not necessarily come with a crystal ball. Managers use intuition, data and other resources to try to plot a course of action.  At times journalists, instead of reporting the story, try to get a glimpse of the future too. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Solution to Bullying in the Workplace?

March 27th, 2013 by admin in colleagues, corporate culture, Uncategorized

Certainly there has been no shortage of new books about bullying as Leslie Kaufman recently pointed out in The New York Times . Emily Bazelon’s Sticks and Stones is among them.

Now, Jody Foster, chair of the psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia talks to Knowledge at Wharton about the impact of disruptive behavior in the workplace. Knowledge at Wharton  about the impact of disruptive behavior in the workplace and what can be done about it.


Hiring the Best Person for the Job

November 29th, 2012 by admin in Careers, colleagues, employment, jobs skills, Uncategorized

A new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review suggests that employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are in hiring the most competent person for the job.

“Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job,” said study author Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University. “But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner. As a result, employers don’t necessarily hire the most skilled candidates.”

Although Dr. Rivera is quick to point out that the findings don’t mean unqualified candidates are being hired, the findings might give pause to those who are concerned about employement shortages and competitiveness.


When Work-Life Balance Ceases to Exist

November 7th, 2012 by admin in colleagues, employment, Uncategorized

Most families take juggling home and career as a given. And over at the new Atlantic channel The Sexes, there’s another conversation going. Eleanor Barkhorn, the site’s editor writes people who don’t have kids want work-life balance too. Read the rest of this entry »

An Office with No Boss

August 1st, 2012 by admin in colleagues, corporate culture, management, Uncategorized, women

For anyone who has every considered the possiblity of a boss less office, there is an interesting explanation this week from Knowledge at Wharton. Knowledge at Wharton. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking People With You, Part Three

January 30th, 2012 by admin in colleagues, corporate culture, management, Uncategorized

David Novak says that leaders need to recognize that they cast what he calls a “shadow of leadership.” And he says, whether the know or acknowledge it, subordinates emulate the behavior of leaders because they want to move up the ranks of the organization. Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming a Parent/Leaving the Workplace–Choice or Discrimination?

November 2nd, 2011 by admin in Careers, colleagues, Uncategorized, women

 Sylvia Ann Hewlett writes extensively about the barrier women face to promotion, especially if they exit the workplace to care for young children or increasingly aging parents. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Important to New Graduates?

August 3rd, 2011 by admin in colleagues, compensation, jobs skills, Uncategorized

Are graduates of the class 2011 throwbacks? In a recent survey  released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers recent graduates sought personal development and job security as the most important factors in choosing a job. The top five factors in order are 

1. Opportunity for personal development

2. Job security

3. Good insurance benefits

4. Friendly co-workers

5. High starting salary 

Opportunities for advancement aren’t a consideration.

All of which asks the question will the aftermath of the recession may have a lasting effect on how young adults view their careers?

Coming Soon–It’s a Summer of Movies about Work

June 29th, 2011 by admin in Careers, colleagues, jobs skills

During an evening at the movies during the summer a viewer doesn’t expect to pulled back into the office. Yet that’s exactly what appears to be happening at the mult-plex this summer. With the unemployment rate still hovering around 9%, the big screen is the place where we can see work relationships unfold. Read the rest of this entry »

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