Corporations are part of communities and must build and maintain trust while helping stakeholders, not just shareholders, says Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. "If you put growth above trust, then all of a sudden you create a toxic culture," he says, citing a Facebook memo that he says espoused growth as a priority.
HR has come under intense scrutiny over the past year, with the spike in allegations of sexual harassment, said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, in remarks during the general session at this year's SHRM show and conference. Taylor detailed three priorities for HR organizations, including building inclusive workplace cultures.
Many people are not inherently bad, but they take unethical actions because they haven't been trained at school or work in what ethical competence means or how to develop it, writes John Hooker of Carnegie Mellon University. The right training "gives those with autonomy the intellectual tools they need to make responsible decisions and build consensus around them," he writes.
Companies should spend more than half of their innovation budgets on creating different experiences and features for already successful products, writes Gino Chirio of Maddock Douglas. Spend the least on high-risk offerings that attempt to reach new buyers with new products, Chirio argues.
Defensive people are quick to deflect blame, so be equally quick to bring the conversation back to the reason you approached them, writes Dan Rockwell. Respectfully but assertively focus in on their role in the matter, he writes.
Employees respond best to a culture that supports them through rough patches and reminds them why their work is important, writes Julie Zhuo of Facebook. "I can't recall an example of groundbreaking work coming from an environment of stress, anxiety, and fear of failure," she writes.
Anna and Sebastian Schluter of Germany are traveling across Europe in a modified fire truck. They converted the Mercedes-Benz vehicle into a camper with a dining area, full kitchen and rooftop solar panels.
Your manager may not be giving you the constructive feedback you need for another role if he or she isn't aware that you want a promotion, Caroline Ceniza-Levine writes. Be open with your manager about the path you want to take, outline the steps you need to get there and identify who would make the final promotion decision.
If you've been offered a lower salary than you would like, ask for the compensation you expect or suggest a path to work toward getting it, Daniel Kline writes. Try to negotiate benefits and consider rejecting the offer if it doesn't give you the salary or benefits you expect.
An Idaho boy has been treated with antibiotics and is in stable condition after contracting bubonic plague. It's the first case of the disease to occur in Idaho in 26 years, health officials said.
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