Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Hiring Lessons from the White House

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The first six months of Mr. Trump’s presidency have been filled with controversy.  Much of the drama stems from Trump’s own unorthodox decisions and actions, but a considerable amount is due to high-ranking White House officials walking in and out of the proverbial revolving door. There are a multitude of reasons why so many White House employees have been given pink slips, but the most common reasons are simple: many of these former employees lacked the skills to do the job; some were not able to work cohesively with others; others were not a cultural fit. There is no more…

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The Uber Problem

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The continued controversy surrounding Uber over the past few months finally reached a boiling point. CEO Travis Kalanick recently revealed that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his role at the company, but subsequently resigned, which is ultimately in the best interest of the company’s future success. Kalanick’s track record of fostering and enabling a harsh, competitive, and sexually aggressive work environment — at least 215 allegations of sexual harassment have been reported by Uber employees — seems to have caught up to him and his leadership team.  His announcement comes as a result of a…

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10 Ways to Reward Employees Without Breaking the Bank

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As a manager, you are busy and it can be easy to take your employees’ hard work for granted. However, it’s important to remember that recognition is a key driver of engagement, and yet most employees feel they are not recognized enough.  The good news is that employee recognition doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money.  So, here are 10 inexpensive ways to reward your employees. A simple thank you.  This is one of the most effective forms of recognition and costs you absolutely nothing.  In this day in age, with a good chunk of social interaction…

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Analyzing the Thinx Controversy

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The fallout from the Thinx scandal — a startup company that integrated feminism into its marketing for its “period-proof” underwear products — has been well-documented over the past couple weeks.  Thinx co-founder Miki Agrawal has come under fire for providing lackluster benefits for her largely female workforce, harassing employees, and only allowing raises for male employees. Agrawal built a reputation for being unafraid to tackle taboo subjects, like menstruation and sex, in the workplace and also in her personal life. However, her blatant openness rubbed much of her staff the wrong way — she’s been accused of inappropriately touching employees…

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Are You Uber-Focused on Results? Don’t Let This Happen to Your Business

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The revelations of sexism, harassment, and an utter lack of accountability at Uber have rocked the company to its core. The hashtag #DeleteUber has gained traction on social media, and CEO Travis Kalanick has come under fire for not just allowing, but enabling a company culture that made many female employees feel “unwelcome”. Uber made its way to the top of the transportation tech industry by being brash and fearless, but internally, those same qualities have isolated a large portion of its workforce. An article from USA Today refers to Uber’s baller’ culture, and the description seems more fit for…

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