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29
Nov

Difficult and Dirty Questions About Employee Engagement

A highly engaged team performs better, doesn’t it? For so many people the question mark at the end of that sentence seems inappropriate. So much energy has been spent building business cases and talking to leaders about this, that confronting it as a question rather than a statement seems risky. But as the HR profession has started to challenge its

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8
Oct

Safe Harbor is Not “Exactly” Dead

Many of us saw reports this week that the highest court of the European Union has just issued a decision declaring the “Safe Harbor” agreement invalid.  This is not exactly accurate.  But it’s close! So let me tell you what has actually happened. First of all, the case that everyone is now talking about in the Privacy world is technically

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1
Oct

Correcting the Grammar of Employee Engagement

When you talk about Employee Engagement, are you using the word “Engagement” as an adjective or a verb? Perhaps you’ll say that you use it as both at the same time? This might seem like a facetious question but it’s important. When we use the term interchangeably we underestimate the fundamental differences between the two definitions, which influences how we

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29
Sep

Response to “A Toxic Work World” Op Ed in The New York Times

In her op-ed piece (A Toxic Work World, September 18), Anne-Marie Slaughter paints a disturbing picture of today’s work environment, with employees putting in grueling 12 to 16 hour days that leave them anxious, exhausted, and forced to make tradeoffs between work and family. How prevalent are the conditions that Slaughter describes?  Is she depicting worst case scenarios experienced by

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23
Sep

Corporate Misdeeds

Letter to the Editor, Originally Published on September 21, 2015 in The New York Times By: David Sirota, Ph.D., Chairman and Emeritus Re “Justice Dept. Sets Its Sights on Executives” (front page, Sept. 10): I hope that the new rules on prosecuting individuals represent a step toward the recognition that corporate misdeeds are almost invariably the product of corporate culture,

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9
Sep

Beware of Over-Simplification

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofmann (artist and teacher 1880 – 1966) “Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.” Anais Nin  (author 1903 – 1977) Which of these above quotes is correct?  Is

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3
Sep

So How’s that New EU Regulation Coming Along?

With all the focus on the Russia data localization law, (and if you haven’t taken steps to come into compliance with that law, you ought to stop reading this and get that done) you might take your eyes off of the EU “triologue” going on right now.  That would be a mistake! In case you’ve lost the plot, or never

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