Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook tells TV creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes that corporate culture can only overcome problems with sexual harassment and inequality when women have more power. "We know that organizations that think their system is meritocratic and people who think they are meritocratic often have the worst results because they don't correct," Sandberg says.
Being of service is a mindset in which you look to make your co-worker's day better through acts of listening and kindness, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. Crucial to taking this action is knowing both your organizational role and that of your co-worker.
Proposed tax changes could discourage small employers from offering 401(k) plans, as they would gain a tax advantage by dropping them, the American Retirement Association says. The organization wants the public to alert lawmakers about the situation, saying an estimated 24 million workers could lose 401(k) access if the "pass-through" tax rate proposal is not modified.
Before pitching a complicated idea or project, it's important to identify what your audience already knows about it and the most important point you want to make, writes Matt Eventoff. Another way to keep your presentation clear and focused is to avoid jargon.
The type of work you do dictates the type of schedule you need, Shane Parrish writes. If you're a manager of people and things, you need a structure that allows you to make quick decisions, whereas an artist or other maker needs long blocks of uninterrupted time.
Darlene Solomon, chief technology officer at Agilent Technologies, helped the company work across disciplines and businesses to successfully move from an electronics focus to driving revenue in diagnostics and genomics. Also important, she says, is that Agilent maintained and funded a dedicated research and development lab despite business and CEO changes.
Skilled leaders can use humor to improve their communication in the moment and the chances it is retained, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Improved creativity is another potential benefit of the stress-relieving benefits of humor in the workplace.
Facebook is offering its internal policy guidelines for fighting sexual harassment as a model for other Silicon Valley tech companies. The company requires training on the topic for managers, uses an investigation process designed to protect employees and allows termination of those who retaliate against co-workers who file harassment claims.
Congress is examining legislation that would pre-empt state and local paid leave laws but encourage employers to offer workers paid leave and flexible work options. Opponents say the proposal would take away paid sick days required under local laws.
Live by your core values and act on behalf of others when times get tough, writes Art Barter, CEO of Datron World Communications. "It's not just about me surviving the challenge -- everyone is trying to survive and overcome the challenge set before them," he writes.
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