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What it Takes to Make Good Decisions in the New World of Work


Many companies are starting to take education and employee training into their own hands to ensure their employees are equipped for a rapidly evolving future.

We live in a world where phenomena such as the internet, globalization, social media, and mobility are accelerating change faster than ever before. Today’s digital age fed by big data is manifested in new businesses disrupting existing business models, which are remnants of the industrial era. These new models, typified by the Ubers, Amazons, Teslas, Airbnb’s and Facebooks of the world, are fossilizing the older...


A slice of Pi - Einstein’s Birthday, Pi Day, and STEM


Today is Pi Day as well as Albert Einstein’s birthday. As you may know, the number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. If we round up, it’s 3.1416 or 3/14/16 – today!!

This is a day to think about math and science and the future of work. To change the world will require future generations to anchor their learning in science and math.

Today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Born in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879 and where we bring the science into the math...


CBO Analysis of American Health Care Act (AHCA)



Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government released its analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Here are some of the key points from the CBO analysis:

By 2026, 52 Million People Total Would Not Have Coverage

If the American Health Care Act becomes law, by 2026 52 million people would be uninsured. The analysis suggests that people will be without coverage, as a result of the bill’s repeal of the individual mandate obligating people to...


#SHRM17 Bloggers are “All In”- Online and IRL


SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is an annual favorite for so many HR professionals. Thousands of attendees will travel to New Orleans, LA, for the conference and exposition, June 18-21.  Each of them will bring their own unique “All In” story- a time that changed their professional and personal lives.  SHRM is working hard to help share and create these All In moments! And—as always—the SHRM Blog Squad is sure to be a huge...


HIPAA Doesn’t Protect All Employee Medical Information


It’s safe to say that the U.S. is discussing health care, regardless of your political views. Today’s post isn’t to tell anyone how they should feel about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, with the discussion about health care comes a lot of disclosures about medical information. As in, “I’m an employee who has XX medical condition and this is what I think about ….” or “My spouse/child/etc. has XX medical condition and therefore, we need to do…”

In the latest newsletter from the firm of  Foley & Lardner LLP,...


Women’s History Month and the Need for More Male Allies

This month, we focus on the contributions women have made, including in medicine, law, business, and literature.

But we must do more than recognize these contributions. We must acknowledge that, at least in the business world, the talent women offer is grossly under-utilized and painfully undervalued.

Late last year, a study on gender and leadership conducted jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. was published.  According to the study, women account for only 19% of the C-suite executives (based on responses from 132 companies).

The numbers are even more distressing if one focuses narrowly...


What's So Funny? A Breakdown of Humor in the Workplace

Humor can help relax inflexible situations, reduce rising tensions, and even improve productivity. 

Humor can also be dangerous, though, when used inappropriately.

In the workplace, funny is generally good; but inappropriateness is not.

Properly used, humor serves many good purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Relationship-building – People tend to like people who appear affable and clever, and want to be associated with them.
  • Stress managing – Laughter relieves stress…like chocolate, just without calories.
  • Innovation maximizing – Relaxed environments assist in innovative thinking (at least Zappos seems to think
  • ...

#Nextchat: A Positive Process for Performance Reviews


Do you dread your annual performance review? 

You’re not alone. 

While many companies are ditching performance ratings and experimenting with new models for continuous coaching and peer feedback, the majority of organizations are still using the traditional annual performance review to rate their employees. It’s a number. It determines future compensation and chances for career advancement. And it has a major impact on employee happiness.

And despite all the pros and cons, there are right ways and wrong ways for managers to conduct this yearly process. If your workers...


HR Intel: Embrace March Madness Rather Than Stifling It

I’m always amused when employment lawyers trip over themselves each year at this time to blog about the risks of gambling and lost productivity with the always-popular NCAA basketball tournament. It’s akin to the famed quote from Casablanca when Captain Renault says in Rick’s Cafe, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

With March Madness almost upon us, it’s a near certainty that employees are going to chat about these games and have a friendly office pool to boot. Far from being...


Why Design Thinking and Why Now?



Design Thinking (DT) has become a sought-after competency for modern businesses. Why? And what is DT good for?

Let's first take a step back. In prior decades, a company's success was closely tied to product or service optimization—making things better, faster and cheaper. The approach made sense; risk and investment in new products were often large, and time horizons to improve products were measured in years. In this business landscape, past knowledge and data portended the future. Multi-year roadmaps and investment in infrastructure and resourcing bets yielded predictable results. For...