Strategic management and Innovation

Brave New World: Setting Career Development Goals

Since the turn of the century, the global workplace has not been especially kind to workers looking to make a career change. The global workplace has been even less kind to educated, young, would-be members of the workforce. This phenomenon has made making career development goals not only more difficult, but also more necessary than ever to implement.

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My Coworker is a Computer: Machines as Talent in the Workplace

In a world where technology permeates our existence, HR representatives and business analysts are scrambling to answer the big questions about the impact computers can have on the workplace. When so many processes can be automated, and analytics show that computers can often take the place of three or four employees much more cheaply, we have to ask ourselves: what role should using machines as talent take in the workplace?

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Structure = Success: Promoting Optimized Organizational Design

Every company, whether it’s a tiny start-up or an established megacorporation the size of a small metropolis, dreams of the day when a perfectly streamlined, productive workflow will characterize the everyday working lives of their employees. The reality is that most companies don’t know where to start to achieve this standard of operations. Sure, we know that productivity can be promoted and efficiency maximized on an individual level and even a hierarchal level, but what about at the level of the organization in its entirety? Welcome to organizational design, a concept which takes known patterns of effectiveness and applies them to corporations as a whole.

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Adventures in Personal Development: Preparing for a Difficult Conversation at Work

Very few people genuinely enjoy conflict, and those who seem to thrive on it tend to be the ones making the rest of us miserable, but in the workplace, conflict is inevitable. Solid personal development practices depend on employees working together and learning how to overcome workplace problems professionally and graciously. At the end of the day, you and your coworkers are a team working towards a common goal, and if you allow bad blood and frustrations to build and build until they boil over you’re only contributing to your own discomfort and impeding your own productivity and personal development.

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Get Smart! Time Management Techniques for “The Good Life”

We know almost instinctively that meeting goals increases happiness. When people run a 5k for the first time or win the spelling bee or cross off the last item on the list, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes along with the experience. We feel good about ourselves; we did the thing! But sometimes, this sense of accomplishment can suffer in the area of work. Projects and deadlines pile up, seemingly endless, and emails pour in faster than they can be answered. Without effective time management techniques to combat the tide, the average employee can wind up feeling more like he or she is drowning rather than surfing.

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Performance Management – Great Bosses Versus Great Leaders

Pop media has a bad habit of taking a seemingly innocuous observation and blowing it way out of proportion, asserting that one opinion or side of the issue is superior and completely ignoring the advantages of the other. One such instance of this is recent insinuations that “leaders” are better than “bosses,” and that they are mutually exclusive, but can we say that this is fundamentally so? Probably not. Being a leader or being a boss is a specific choice made by managers as a way to adopt a performance management style.

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Employee Engagement Activities – Facilitating a More Productive Corporate Culture

Employers are constantly coming up with new ways to increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Methods to accomplish this usually involve elevating employee engagement using a variety of means, such as employee engagement activities. Employee engagement is the term assigned to the amount of energy that employees are devoting to their work on any given day. Simply put, the problem employers are addressing is that the less engaged employees are, the more distracted they become, resulting in decreased workflow and productivity throughout the day. So how do you incorporate employee engagement activities into your workforce in a way that will enhance your business? Let’s take a look.

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Self Improvement at Work – Best Practices for Improving Workplace Productivity

For many employees, work can feel like a place where life gets put on hold, and all of the self improvement we plan to do ends up second string to our lives as employees. For some workers, long working days or a constant connectivity to work-related technology can have a powerful negative impact on quality of life both in and out of the office. The result of this is a downward spiral of negative energy, where self improvement seems like an impossible mountain to climb and gets placed by the wayside. But there’s good news! Companies as a whole are showing a trend towards encouraging employees to relax, take breaks, exercise, and establish a workflow routine that compliments employees’ individual work styles. Because of this, employees are finding themselves more free to shape their work lives to fit around their personal lives, resulting in happier, more productive employees.

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