Tag: inclusive workplace

What's Lurking in Our Workplaces

Here’s a famous optical illusion. When you look at it, you’ll see either a young woman or an older woman. Your friend who’s sitting right next to you may see a young woman gazing off to the side, while you see an elderly woman with her eyes cast downward. Who’s

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Engagement Starts With Them

A recent Gallup survey found that 70% of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces. These findings are troubling because high levels of engagement translate into better productivity, creativity, retention, and reputation, the not-so-secret-sauces of excellence and competitive advantage. The report includes suggestions on

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Implicit Bias – Explicit Results

Humans make quick decisions. We react reflexively to strange, threatening, and potentially life-threatening situations. It’s part of how we survive. Less dramatically but more frequently, we have routine interactions where we meet someone and later realize we’d gotten a “good” or “bad” impression about that person. Maybe this “feeling” translated

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Why Culture Trumps Compliance

On July 30th, the Wall Street Journal reported the following on a recent meeting of the New York Fed: “Thomas Baxter, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the New York Fed, stressed at the outset of his remarks that he was only speaking for himself, but he pointedly critiqued company culture,

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Championing Federal Employees

Congratulations are due to Katherine Archuleta, who stepped in to her role as director of the Office of Personnel Management on November 4.  Her main objective: to champion federal workers. A noble goal and, as with most things worthy, not easy. Let’s face it, it’s been tough to be a federal worker over

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The Honor of Public Service and the Need For Civility

As federal workers struggle with the aftereffects of the shutdown, challenges to their organizations’ budgets – let alone existence, pay freezes, hiring freezes, and potential staff cutbacks – it’s a good time to recall what President John F. Kennedy said about government employment more than 50 years ago. Let the

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