A Better Way to Recognize Your Employees

Although most great managers want to recognize their people, the challenge, which has only been made more difficult in the hybrid world, is finding meaningful things to recognize them for. The limitation to our typical approach to praise is that we can only recognize what we see, observe, or learn about from others and our recognition focuses on what we appreciate, which is not always … [ Read more ]

The Secret to Happiness at Work

Your job doesn’t have to represent the most prestigious use of your potential. It just needs to be rewarding.

Why People Crave Feedback—and Why We’re Afraid to Give It

How am I doing? Research by Francesca Gino and colleagues shows just how badly employees want to know. Is it time for managers to get over their discomfort and get the conversation going at work?

Gender Pay Gap: Valuing Women’s Work

A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour sheds light on the role of within-job pay differences in the gender pay gap.

Does Hybrid Work Actually Work? Insights from 30,000 Emails

It’s a pandemic debate raging at companies everywhere: How often should employees come to the office? In the first large-scale study of its kind, Prithwiraj Choudhury finds that hybrid schedules might offer the best answer for everyone.

Measuring What Matters in Gender Diversity

How do you know if your company is making progress on gender diversity? This article discusses five areas where tracking metrics and data will help leaders know if they’re making wins—or falling short.

How Can Managers Use AI to Find the Right People?

Eight recommendations to help firms win the war for talent.

Why Now’s the Perfect Time to Retool Your Hiring Process and Get Creative

Widespread “good enough” hiring processes aren’t always mindful of the candidate experience — and most importantly, may not lead you to extend an offer to the best person for the role. The advice that follows from Peoplism is to intentionally examine the pieces of your hiring cycle that are already in place (and perhaps even be able to trim down some steps in your current … [ Read more ]

5 Questions Every Manager Needs to Ask Their Direct Reports

If you’re worried that your employees are eyeing the door, it’s time to start having some important career-defining conversations. In this piece, executive coach Susan Peppercorn outlines five questions to start asking your direct reports so that you can get a better sense of how they’re feeling about their positions: 1) How would you like to grow within this organization? 2) Do you feel a sense of … [ Read more ]

The Biggest Problem With Remote Work

Companies need a new kind of middle manager: the synchronizer.

How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation

A recent BCG study suggests that increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance. In both developing and developed economies, companies with above-average diversity on their leadership teams report a greater payoff from innovation and higher EBIT margins. Even more persuasive, companies can start generating gains with relatively small changes in the makeup of their senior teams. … [ Read more ]

Fixing the Flawed Approach to Diversity

We recently surveyed roughly 16,500 people worldwide to identify the most effective diversity and inclusion measures. Our investigation builds on previous research into gender diversity. For our current analysis, we broadened our lens to include diversity in two additional dimensions: race and ethnicity and also sexual orientation. Through that research, we identified specific solutions that companies can implement to accelerate their progress on diversity.

Stave Off Attrition with an Internal Talent Marketplace

Is your best talent hiding in plain sight? An internal talent marketplace helps match existing employees to open roles—in novel and sometimes unexpected ways.

Research: How Ranking Performance Can Hurt Women

When it comes to gender equity in the workplace, many organizations focus largely on hiring more women. But to achieve more equitable representation, it’s also critical to examine disparities in how employees are evaluated and promoted once they’re on board. In this piece, the authors discuss their recent research on this topic, which found that competitive evaluation systems in which employees are ranked against one … [ Read more ]

How to Advance Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Gender diversity can be a profound business challenge —or a source of competitive advantage. But it’s not women who need to change. It’s the workplace.

Author Talks: Flex Your ‘No Muscle’

Nonpromotable work profoundly affects women’s careers and lives. In her new book, Lise Vesterlund explains why women so often agree to it—and how they can say no.

Meet the Psychological Needs of Your People—All Your People

Too many employers pay too little heed to the needs of the lower earners in their company. Here’s why—and how—they should shift gears.

Desperate for Talent? Consider Advancing Your Own Employees First

What would it take to build the skills your company needs in your current workforce? Joseph Fuller and Manjari Raman offer a new playbook for a historic talent crunch with no end in sight.