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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 »

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.


The End of Men, The Rise of Women, Not So Clear Cut

When Hanna Rosin first raised the issue of “The End of Men” in  The Atlantic  in the summer of 2010,  it certainly seemed that way. The Great Recession of 2008, was also being called the “Mancession” because of the loss of typically male jobs from construction work to finance. Read the rest of this entry »

Birds of a Feather Management

February 13th, 2013 by admin in corporate culture, employment, management

Regulars readers of this blog will recall late last year we ran a post entitled the best person for the job.

In it we discussed a recent finding that managers tend to hire people like themselves.

Since then, some anecdotal evidence points to the idea that managers aren’t just hiring employees with whom they would like to spend time. They are also hiring subordinates who dress like them and perhaps even resemble them. Thus we have birds of a feather management


The Power of Lunch

January 30th, 2013 by admin in corporate culture, negotiating

If you are in doubt about the influence of food on negotiations,  Lakshmi Batachandra of Babson College has amassed new evidence.

Being served in a conference room or restaurant during the give and take increases the value of a deal.

Do Quotas Work on Corporate Boards?

Into the debate about women on corporate boards  Boris Groysberg has introduced a new dimension. He has found wide differences in opinion about  quotas for women on corporate boards of directors. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Does Your Resume Reflect Your Strengths?

October 17th, 2012 by admin in employment, jobs skills, majors, survey, Volunteering

In an age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn, there is a lingering question about whether the traditional resume is even necessary, especially for digital natives. Read the rest of this entry »

No Let Up in Employee Stress

September 19th, 2012 by admin in Careers, compensation, employment, management, Uncategorized

Towers Watson the global human resources consulting firm is out with a new survey today. Its findings won’t surprise any employee who is experiencing stress on the job. It’s a trend that is being noticed by many employers as well and it is continuing unabated. Read the rest of this entry »

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