April 14, 2011

Work Isn’t Life

“Most of us have jobs that are too small for  our spirits.”  Studs Terkel  A few of you might be reacting to the title thinking, “Hey, my work is my life,” or “My job is the most fulfilling thing in my life.” But that’s not what this article is about. Because life isn’t work. Yes, it can be a Big […]
April 7, 2011

What Rights Should ALL Workers Have – Part 2

In Part 1, we raised some basic questions about the rights of workers: Do we believe that worker’s rights are human rights – and if so, what are they?  As citizens, do we bear collective responsibility to ensure rights for other workers – or is this a matter of personal responsibility? How do you think the issues we face as […]
March 31, 2011

What Rights Should ALL Workers Have? – Part 1

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…the factory, farm or office where he works…unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Eleanor Roosevelt, United Nations Remarks, 1953 The most important thing any business has are its people – right? Lately, I have thought a great deal about the rights of […]
March 3, 2011

Workplace Needs: Some Recent Hits

A few weeks ago we wrote a post called Why Neuroscience SHOULD Change the Way We Manage People . The post hit a popular nerve and generated a lot of traffic and sharing.  Three older posts were nearly as popular so we want to give our new readers and wider audience a chance to read these posts together.  It makes sense […]
February 17, 2011

Why Neuroscience Should Change the Way We Work

Most organizations and their leaders take pride in updating their systems with the latest technology and equipment. They devote significant resources to ensure their employees are using state of the art processes and materials.  Most organizational leaders would agree that without constant upgrades, they would be trying to achieve success with their hands tied behind their backs. That’s why it […]
February 10, 2011

21st Century Workplaces – Democracies or Autocracies?

“Most of us don’t think about workplace rights. We think because we live in America we have the rights we need. There are no constitutional protections in the workplace.  Federal laws protect you from being fired because of race, gender or disability, but it doesn’t protect you for saying the boss is overworking you or the company’s actions are immoral. […]
February 3, 2011

Leadership and Emotional Contagion

“Employees are not emotional islands. Rather, they continuously spread their own moods and receive and are influenced by others’ moods. When they work in groups, they literally can catch each others’ emotions like viruses, a phenomenon known as emotional contagion.” Wharton @ Work, University of Pennsylvania In the past decade, there has been an important finding in neuroscience that should […]
January 27, 2011

Are We Addicted to Work?

The scene – the window from my midtown Manhattan hotel facing an office building. The time – 6 am –  the usual time I wake up when working in New York City (unless I can help it!)     More than a decade ago, when I started staying at this hotel, the offices were mostly dark at 6 am.   But in recent years, more lights […]
January 13, 2011

The Language We Use in the Workplace

 “I can remember many conversations at work where former bosses would start to pull out the war metaphors—“This is a life and death struggle,” “We are in a battle for our very existence,” and “This is all out war.” The only problem was that it wasn’t actually war—it was computer software, TV news and corporate training videos.                                  Bob Rosner, Today’s Workplace […]