Archive for January, 2020

The Extinction of the Middle Manager

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In a world where customer service is automated, algorithms seek out the best candidates for a job, and project management has become digital, many organizations are beginning to question the importance of middle management. Trends begun by start-ups to create more independent, self-managed workers have perhaps created a reality where middle managers are going the way of the dinosaur. The extinction of middle managers is fueled by large corporations latching onto this trend, reducing costs and increasing profit through the idea that you can do more with fewer employees. This may be a dangerous trend and extinction of middle management…

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Lactation Rights in the Workplace

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Employees, particularly those with young children, are looking for flexibility and support in the workplace. Adequate and supportive policy can empower employees, helping them to maintain a positive balance between work and family life. This can help employees to be more productive when they’re at work and increase satisfaction overall. One specific way that employers are expected to support parents, particularly new mothers, is through lactation rights. For almost a decade federal law has mandated that employers provide nursing women with adequate space and time to express milk (pump) at work. In 2010 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amended the…

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Incentive Pay: A Balancing Act

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Since the beginning of commerce, organizations have looked for ways to motivate workers. Incentive pay has always been a go-to and grown in recent years. While there is some debate on whether or not incentive-based programs work long-term, the effectiveness of these programs relies heavily on effective management and healthy company culture. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) argues that reward-based incentives, be they financial or otherwise, do not inspire long-term motivation. While they may work in the short term HBR argues that long-term, they can have the opposite effect, encouraging employees to expect additional rewards for their work in order…

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Empowering Women in Your Organization

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Women make up more than 57% of the American workforce, but in many ways, they are still finding it difficult to succeed. Women are less likely to get promoted, less likely to work as an executive, and often are still battling for equal pay. In the modern world, it is essential that organizations strive to create an environment that empowers women, creating a space for success on an individual and organizational level. Companies that have successfully navigated creating a more friendly environment for their female employees tout their culture as the key. This  goes beyond recruiting and hiring women. In…

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