Category: Insights

Smart ways for government entities to reduce workplace harassment

ELI Founder and CEO Stephen Paskoff was recently interviewed by Mike Causey, senior correspondent and host of Federal News Radio’s “Your Turn,” to offer suggestions to government entities for reducing incidents of workplace harassment. Clear communication is key Paskoff’s core message in the interview was that clear communication of the

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Too many choices

Behavioral economists have found that too many choices cause inaction and impede decision making. If we can choose from thousands of funds in which to invest, the breadth may be overwhelming and too often we will choose the status quo: doing nothing. Fewer choices may make it easier for us

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Make It Matter. Make It Simple. Make It Stick.

A main factor contributing to the problem of poor behavior is that we’ve made ethics, compliance, and daily behavioral standards too complex. By trying to convey too much, we accomplish too little. Thus “teach little, remember much” is a better mantra than “teach much, remember little.” The more effective approach

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What Didn’t Bill O’Reilly Get?

Is it possible Bill O’Reilly didn’t know the general boundaries of proper, lawful behavior in today’s workplaces? Was this highly educated, Harvard-degreed commentator unaware that continuing to make unwelcome advances, threatening to retaliate against those reporting them or following through could cost him his job and lots of money? Could

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Food for Thought from Fox

Yesterday morning, I wrote a short blog concluding that Fox News would likely face long-term reputational damage if it allowed Bill O’Reilly to continue hosting The O’Reilly Factor. Before I could post it, Fox announced the end of O’Reilly’s twenty-year career with the network. As a broadcast superstar, Bill O’Reilly

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Legal compliance is mandatory but not enough

A leading hospital was concerned about the behavior of two prominent surgeons, widely known for treating other staff with contempt, displaying frequent emotional outbursts including screaming, and making condescending remarks and insulting members of the medical team. The leadership was worried about whether the hospital was headed towards a lawsuit.

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Harassment and the cost of culture at Uber

The recent reports and allegations of sexual harassment at Uber have once again have highlighted the ill effects of a toxic work environment that rewards bad behavior. In mid-February, Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, wrote a blog in response to the many questions she’s received about why she left

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Las Vegas Leads with Values

I had the honor and privilege to deliver the keynote presentation launching the City of Las Vegas’s annual three-day values conference for leaders and employees this past January. The City has held the conference since 2011. The conference is part of the City’s commitment to live by its ACTION values:

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Codes of Conduct

What do you think of when you hear the word “code?” It could be the Internal Revenue Code, The Code of Military Justice, the Napoleonic Code or various state, federal and local building codes. All are specific requirements which are intricate, complex, and frequently must be interpreted by experts. No

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