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Why Very Talented People Leave Big Companies

15 December 2011

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With the way very large companies seem to be posting record profits these days (Uhhh, thank you… stimulus package??), you’d think people would be flocking to these ginormous corporations as a safe-haven in times of economic turmoil.  Yet (while that may be the case) the fact remains that being BIG doesn’t (of course) mean BETTER [...]

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Telecommuters Gain 2.5 Days Productivity Over Office Workers

3 June 2010

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Conventional wisdom suggests that having employees in the office means they will be more focused and more productive, but recent research from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management suggests that Telecommuters – people who work from home one or several days per week – and those who have flextime available to them from their [...]

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Why Do You Work Where You Work?

28 May 2010

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Someone recently asked Robert Scoble if he would continue working at his current employer, Rackspace, if he won the lottery. His gut answer was ‘Yes’, though he didn’t know why until he saw this video from Dan Pink: I wrote a lot more about this including notes on the subject on my ConnectedWell blog, but [...]

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Breaking News: Employees Want Respect

23 March 2009

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In other news, sky is blue and water is wet. I will never forget the day I came around this corner in Boston near the Bell Atlantic building (Now Verizon) on my way to work and found hundreds of 411-information workers picketing. This was late summer 1998. The economy was booming beyond its bounds. The [...]

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How to Retain Your Employees

3 November 2008

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A few months ago, I was approached by Peter Fretty, an author with Business Connect, to discuss employee retention tools employers can take advantage of. I shared a few things with him which I am glad to say were published in this month’s magazine along with some other good, insightful thoughts from both local and [...]

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What it Takes to GO BIG

1 October 2008

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A great post came across my twitter radar today, written by Sam Lawrence, forwarded by Chris Brogan, then Jason Alba. Sam’s Blog, Go Big Always, pushes the envelope just by its nature. He hits right at home when he says, “Companies are so highly matrixed and political that they make sticking your neck out nearly [...]

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Listen To Your Coach

5 September 2008

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A friend asked me last night for some advice in his job situation.  He’s been there only a short time, and interested in long-term salary increases and other promotions, etc. He was, in effect, asking me how and when to negotiate your next moves within a company. How to do this? LISTEN TO YOUR COACH [...]

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4 Factors Creating Utah Workforce Funk

7 July 2008

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There’s no question something interesting is happening with Utah’s professional/technical workforce right now, and I think there are no less than four competing factors at play any business-owner should be paying very close attention to: Real and Wage Inflation Intense Competition for Talent Corporate cost-cutting High Energy/Commute Costs The hardest part to pin-down is that [...]

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Utah Tries Four Day Work-Week

2 July 2008

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On August 4th, Utah will begin its move to a four-day work week, a move that should save up to about 20% of the state’s expenses by 2015. The change will apply to about 17,000 employees, roughly 80% of the state workforce, [Utah State Governor] Huntsman says. Public universities, the state court system, prisons and [...]

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Job Trends: Moonlight, Part-Time Desired by Candidates

12 June 2008

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It’s likely a result of the current economy, but we have noticed a very high percentage of people coming to us and looking for part-time or extra work on graveyards/evenings/weekends. These are generally very talented individuals who like their current job/employer, but are looking for additional work to take on. Likewise, these same people are [...]

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