The Productivity Blog

Asking the HR Practitioners
Among the best-kept secrets at the Human Resource Institute are our Practitioner Consensus Surveys. HRI conducts these short surveys on an almost...
Arrows in the Decision-Making Quiver
By now it’s become conventional wisdom that the business world has moved from the Information Age to the Knowledge Era. In the Information Age,...
The Wages of Productive Labor
As employees become more productive, they should earn more. Although this may strike some as a values statement, for most economists, it’s a...
Embedding RFID in the Workplace
You could call it “just-in-case” legislation. That is, just in case employers someday want to force their workers into having computer...
The Organization’s Fault
Long hours, endless streams of e-mail, blurry chains of command, occasional turf wars, and the ever-present foreboding that you’ll never be able...
Fixing Performance Management
The trend may be ironic, but it’s definitely not funny. Various studies show that a lot of performance management systems just don’t...
Serving and Deserving Customers
Over the last decade or so, there’s been plenty of lip service paid to “focusing on the customer,” but, on average, businesses have little to show for...
The Way of the Wiki
No one yet knows how the trend toward social networking is going to turn out, because no one person is really in charge. That’s the point. What &...
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...