What makes an employee productive? Unproductive? “The key factor you can use to make employees miserable on the job is to simply keep them from making progress in meaningful work,” say researchers Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer.
It’s hard to know exactly what new tech ideas will make the biggest impact on business in the near future and change how we do things. But, according to John Brandon, here are a few worth keeping an eye on: predictive technology, HTML5, high-resolution displays, social analytics, speech for business, business-ready storage.
Small business owners often clash with the IRS over the classification of workers. Usually, the employers claim certain workers are independent contractors; the IRS says they’re employees. If you’re challenged by the IRS, don’t throw up the white flag so fast.
Americans simply don’t know how to take a vacation. Only 57% of U.S. workers use all the vacation days they’re allotted, compared with 89% of workers in France, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found. How to turn it around? Try an “unlimited time off” policy.
The greatest compliment CEO Paul Spiegelman gets from candidates who apply for jobs at his company comes in the form of a question: Why is everyone smiling? He says the answer is simple: They’re happy. Here are 10 tips for creating a culture of fun in your workplace:
Environmental psychologists know that sensory experiences impact the way we work. Here’s what they say: 1. Keep red to a minimum. 2. Grow a leafy green. 3. Face the entryway. 4. Make small adjustments for comfort. 5. Declutter but not too much.
There’s nothing like a young manager—bright-eyed, full of pep and ideas, ready to make his or her mark in the organization. But often, the young manager makes mistakes that could lead the organization to age discrimination lawsuits. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts: