The Productivity Blog

The Future of Futurists
While typing in the issue number of this week’s TrendWatcher, I noticed that we’d reached a nice round figure: 300. That cast this week&rsq...
Sparking Innovation
If you pay attention, you’ll start to see them fly. They often shoot out wherever employees are gathered. Inspired e-mails can crackle with them,...
Renewing R&D
Like so much else in business, corporate spending on research and development (R&D) tends to be cyclical. After falling off in the last U.S.
On Being Resilient
Business often feels like a contact sport. Your competitors want to rough you up, blitz you with unexpected new products, undercut your prices, gang...
Immigration’s Impact
The movement of immigrants into the U.S. has been the subject of discussion and often intense debate among politicians, economists and business...
The ‘M’ Word
Baseball, motherhood and apple pie …. Which of these bastions of Americana might be tantamount to a curse in some U.S. workplaces? It’s...
HR Looking Forward
Tis the season when HRI’s periodical shelves and file folders are newly filled with end-of-the-year predictions. There are the obligatory...
The Localization Transition
As organizations scramble to improve workforce management in today’s global marketplace, the notion of “localizing” employees is...
Harassment: Not What It Used to Be
Their eyes met across the copy machine and a smile passed between them. One thing led to another – coffee, then dinner, and, soon, a sexual...
Business Ethics Today and Tomorrow
If you think business ethics is crucial in today’s scandal-ridden era, then just wait a few years. The reasons for running ethical businesses...