Posts Tagged Culture

Be nice. Don’t pick fights. Own up to your mistakes. Treat others with respect and, above all, watch what you say.
Sounds like advice your mom might give you—but it’s the crux of most social networking policies at companies around the globe.
Voestalpine, headquartered in Linz, Austria, tells its employees to “act similarly in social networks as they do in real-life situations.”
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February 14, 2012
When I was a teenager my parents told me to be careful about the character of my circle of friends.  Positive friends make good friends and will likely improve your quality of life and decision-making.  Negative friends, on the other hand, will have the opposite effect. Before you know it, toxic friends will craftily lead you to make poor decisions, ultimately directing you to a bad place in life.
You are eventually the product of your environment. That’s why I highly recommend you surround yourself with good, smart and honorable people.
February 9, 2012
Many business leaders have long suspected that active social networkers are a breed apart from other employees. A new report looking at the state of business ethics in the U.S. supports that belief.
February 2, 2012
Social media sites Wikipedia and Google held a blackout day on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to highlight their opposition to the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) and the "Protect Intellectual Property Act" (PIPA) bills in Congress. Wikipedia claimed that over 162 million people saw the blackout message on its website. One day later on January 19, the unofficial vote ledger switched from 80 members of Congress supporting SOPA/PIPA and 31 opposing to 65 supporting and 101 opposing it. This was a net loss of 85 votes for the SOPA/PIPA advocates in only one day!
January 23, 2012

What’s more important? Looking good or doing good?

An increasing number of businesses are responding: Why not do both?

January 13, 2012
Manifestos ignite people into action. The best manifestos are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. The Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence are good examples. As recently as fifty years ago, an emotional speech delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial established a clear and compelling purpose for American Civil Rights. Today, MLK's I Have a Dream is arguably the most inspiring manifesto of the 20th Century. 
January 5, 2012

Much has been said about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, whose come-from-behind victories during the 2011 NFL season have been chronicled far beyond the sports pages. The second-year player out of the University of Florida makes exceedingly public displays of his Christian faith. That bothers some people. But aside from that divisive issue, one important question about the Tebow saga carries significance for the business world:

Is Tim Tebow a great leader?

December 20, 2011

With 20 slides and 5 minutes, Joe Gerstandt brings a new clarity to what diversity is, why it matters and how it shows up in our work and our relationships with others.



December 16, 2011

File this one under Idle Curiosity.

CareerBuilder has released a survey noting senior leaders’ workplace habits and personal characteristics. Ever wonder if CEOs go out for lunch or bring a brown bag? What kind of car does the chief finance officer drive? Is the senior vice president of marketing more likely to wear black or red?

Now you know:


Typical Office Attire

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December 2, 2011

Why are some employees so devoted while others seem to have “checked out”? This is a question the Accenture Institute for High Performance sought to answer in What Executives Really Need to Know About Employee Engagement, a study published in June 2011.

Accenture surveyed 1,367 employees at various large, U.S.-based organizations to define four levels of engagement:

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November 15, 2011

The “Occupy Wall Street” protests are gaining steam across the country. Could employees who participate risk losing their jobs? Recent events show that the answer to this question is “yes,” at least in certain circumstances.

Public radio host Lisa Simeone, on Oct. 20, 2011, told the Baltimore Sunthat she had been fired by the public radio series "Soundprint" because series executives saw her work as a spokeswoman for one of the groups involved in the Occupy DC movement as a violation of the series’ producer’s ethical code.

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October 28, 2011

Men in the United States—especially those in two-income families who are fathers and working 50 or more hours a week—are experiencing the kind of work/family conflict that women long have felt, according to a study, The New Male Mystique.

Researchers Ellen Galinsky, Kerstin Aumann and Kenneth Matos of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) discussed their findings during a Sept. 8, 2011, webinar. The report, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the IBM Corp., was released June 2011.

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October 25, 2011

Have you ever had a red rubber ball moment?  Kevin Carroll, author of the Red Rubber Ball Book Series describes these as when play transform even tense, high-stakes moments into pure fun and result in deep connections formed that can last a lifetime.

October 18, 2011

Organizations today are seeing three major trends—a rapidly diversified workforce, an aging workforce and an influx of military veterans—Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chief Global Membership Officer Janet Parker, SPHR, said during opening remarks at “The Workforce Mosaic.”

SHRM underwrote the National Journal policy summit, held July 12, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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October 17, 2011

This poll looks at how organizational diversity and inclusion practices have changed over the last five years. In 2005, SHRM released the Workplace Diversity Practices research report, which addressed diversity practices in organizations from the perspective of HR professionals. The 2010 study included several of the survey questions from the 2005 report to determine how diversity and inclusion in the workplace has transformed over time.

October 13, 2011

Executives from large companies around the world said they’ve made significant progress in diversity and inclusion efforts focused on gender, ethnicity, national origin, race and color, according to a Forbes Insight study, but they face certain barriers as they develop and implement diversity strategies.

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October 12, 2011

Diversity and inclusiveness are like integrity—they can’t be captured on a scorecard, but their presence or absence is noticeable, said Tiane Mitchell Gordon, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion at AOL.

Gordon explored the relationship of culture and diversity and inclusion’s success with a company during her luncheon address at the annual Workplace Diversity: Practice and Research conference June 10, 2010. George Mason University hosted the conference in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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October 11, 2011

Few would argue the pace of change is increasing, especially in business and technology, along with their impact on the workplace. Wise company leaders sense these changes, and adjust, adapt, plan and execute. Each day brings an evolving convergence of many external influences that shape upcoming days, weeks and years. The workplace is greatly impacted by this convergence of external influences.

October 10, 2011