The Productivity Blog

The New Critics of Executive Comp
Forget the usual gaggle of gadflies who have long admonished corporate America for paying what they say are unconscionably high compensation rates to...
Scrutinizing Healthcare Cost Trends
The news about U.S. health benefit costs has improved in recent years. A national survey from Towers Perrin shows that premium increases among Fortune...
Managing Peter Pan
It’s enough to make your average manager heave a heavy sigh. Just when the social-trend watchers thought they had all the generational attitudes...
Prepared for a Pandemic
Although most businesses are aware of the potential ramifications of a pandemic such as an outbreak of the avian flu, few are prepared for one.
If You’ve Got ’em, Keep ’em
As many as three-quarters of U.S. employees claimed, in a 2005 survey, to be looking – actively or passively – for a new job. Almost half...
The Corporate Culture Blame Game
Finger-pointing is alive and well – a natural response to recent corporate scandals. The June 9 Kansas City Business Journal carried this news:...
Can We Really Spot Talent?
Even as talent management becomes the highest of HR priorities in today’s corporations, some experts are raising questions about our ability to...
The Customer-Focus Gaps
“We should be doing even more to focus on our customers.” This message came through clearly in the new American Management Association/Huma...
The Hidden Lives of Telecommuters
Despite the fact that telecommuting has become a long-standing trend, it’s difficult to get a clear fix on it. While some of the studies on the...
The Virtues of Informal Learning
Although it garners less attention than formal training methods, informal learning may be the true foundation of organizational knowledge. Employees...