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Opinion

The Myth of the Cool Office
www.theatlanticwire.com

Don’t be fooled by the perks at all those Silicon Valley (and Alley) offices — it’s all just part of a subtle plot to control office culture. Let’s take a look, by way of a couple recent trend stories and startup proclamations, at how the so-called “escalation of perks” keeps employees in line all over the tech world […]

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5 Monster Management Lessons From Pixar
www.fastcocreate.com

First-time Pixar feature director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae learned from the best–that company’s founder John Lasseter–and applied what they gleaned to the years-long process of making Monsters University.

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Consider letting employees own stock
www.usatoday.com

To reward employees who help make a business successful, consider employee stock-ownership plans or employee stock-purchase plans, Steve Strauss writes. “Studies show that employees who have a financial stake in the business are more conscientious, harder working and happier,” he writes.

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Does your organization need a LeBron James?
www.tlnt.com

BThe impact of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James on his team demonstrates that not all new hires and job openings should factor equally in your talent strategy, John Sullivan writes. Certain “hires are so impactful that they may improve your employer brand overnight, as well as injecting tremendous energy and new ideas into your organization,” […]

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4 Rules to Better Onboarding
www.hiredaily.com

Good employees can be hard to come by, and when you find that perfect candidate you want to make sure they are as happy finding you as you are finding them. There have been many an interviewer who has experienced their fair share of frustration in trying to achieve a smooth employee onboarding experience once […]

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Employee Morale at Apple Sucks Right Now
blogs.barrons.com

Morale at Apple is tanking thanks to a falling stock price. Are the rats running to Valley employers like Google, HP, Twitter and Facebook?

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9 Signs You’re In Out-Of-Office Hell
www.fastcompany.com

The summer is in full swing and everybody’s going on vacation. Too bad their out of office messages are so awful.

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8 Ways To Bring Sanity To Your Crazy, Wired Life
www.fastcompany.com

I’m a natural introvert, as many entrepreneurs (and especially social software entrepreneurs) are. Keeping the weekends quiet is critical. I disconnect and read, watch a movie, or just remember that I am a person outside of my mission.

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Leadership Lesson Learned at SHRM
hrmouthofthesouth.com

Our state council is very fortunate. Each time I have an opportunity to interact with other state council leaders I’m again reminded of just how well positioned we are. That’s not an accident. It’s the result of diligent planning, effective marketing, judicious spending, historical thought leaders and, perhaps most importantly, long-term succession planning.

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How to lead like Tony Soprano
www.brw.com.au

The premature death of James Gandolfini, the actor who played Tony Soprano on the cult television show The Sopranos, has thrown the show’s millions of fans into mourning for the man, while providing them with the opportunity to fall in love with the show and its central character all over again.

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Does your sick-day policy address telecommuting?
www.hrbartender.com

Are the rules different for exempt versus non-exempt employees regarding sick days? An HR Bartender reader wants to know. We consult a labor attorney.

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Is A Promotion More Stressful Than Divorce?
www.fastcompany.com

Promoting people to their first management job is harder than it looksfor everyone involved. Here’s how to increase the chances that it’ll work outup…

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10 Tips For Managing Creative People
www.fastcocreate.com

When the Harvard Business Review published a post called Seven Rules For Managing Creative People a few months back, the reaction was an almost universal, Oh, please! This was due to the fact that most of the advice in the piece was bizarrely off base (“surround them with semi-boring people.” What?), but also because of […]

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3 Reasons to Hire Nervous Job Candidates
www.recruiter.com

For many people, interviews are one of the most nerve racking things that they can do. It’s not surprising when you think about it, since there is a lot at stake: the job of their dreams, the ability to make the next mortgage/rent check, regaining a lost sense of self esteem, etc. With so much […]

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