Description: Why does every damn place—even old-school corporate offices—have to be fun and full of foosball? Source: Wired.com Date: Feb 24, 2020 Link: https://www.wired.com/story/how-silicon-valley-ruined-work-culture/ Questions for discussion: Describe the work environments and the problems they are associated with, according to the article. Why have work environments become so different from what they once were? How… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Organizational Behavior
Description: He will be replaced by Bob Chapek, who was most recently chairman of Disney’s parks business. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/business/media/bob-iger-disney-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What are the challenges facing the incoming new CEO? Do you think his background has prepared him well for the future facing the firm? What strategic thinking… Read more »
Description: Movements that once seemed futile have produced big results over time thanks to “behavioral contagion,” a.k.a. peer pressure. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-26/employee-activism-works-even-when-it-doesn-t?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: What does the report say about employee influence and corporate decisions? What does all of this suggest to management?
Description: Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. Source: NPR.org Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/807133509/enjoy-the-extra-day-off-more-bosses-give-4-day-workweek-a-try Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the results of a shorter workweek? What are the issues related to this for operations and HR decisions?
Description: Women are still disproportionately under-represented in the boardrooms of Canadian businesses but more companies are moving toward greater gender parity, says one of the few female CEOs overseeing a company today. Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ceo-one-of-few-women-leading-tsx-listed-companies-1.5467911 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the representation of women in Canadian… Read more »
Description: Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Feb 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/google-hr-exec-to-step-down/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing HR and management overall at the firm. What do these… Read more »
Description: Last month’s total is 27% higher than the previous monthly record of 172 in October of 2019. January’s record comes after 2019 marked the biggest year ever for CEO exits, totaling more than 1,600. The firm noted that CEO departures have been steadily trending upward since August 2018. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/12/rapid-ceo-turnover-continues-with-a-record-number-of-top-executives-departing-in-january.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail… Read more »
Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »
Description: ..rather than exaggerating your skills with fluffy words and phrases, best-selling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch says you should be realistic and transparent about the experience you bring to the table. This means removing common words like “seasoned,” “accomplished” and “experienced” from your resume “right this minute,” she tells CNBC Make It. Source:… Read more »
Description: Hundreds of tech workers pack an auditorium for a recent networking event in Toronto. The evening’s host glides around the room on a hoverboard, equal parts game show host and tech bro. Source: NPR.org Date: Jan 27, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/01/27/799402801/canada-wins-u-s-loses-in-global-fight-for-high-tech-workers Questions for discussion: Why are Canadian technology firms having an easier time attracting people… Read more »