Performance & Personality

Surprising Research Says Negative Feedback Is Effective (and We Might Even Prefer It)

Few people like hearing bad news about themselves. Getting a tough performance review or being called out for a mistake challenges our status and triggers feelings of shame, frustration, and helplessness. Negative feedback floods the brain with stress-inducing hormones that…

3 Secrets to Building High Performing Teams

Whether you’re scaling a large organization or building a new company, hiring and retaining top talent and building a high performing team is absolutely key. In fact, there is no bigger factor in driving a company’s long-term growth and success….

How HR Can Leverage Technology to Help Employees Cope With a Merger

“Dear colleagues, I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to be acquired by Company X! We have an exciting future ahead and are looking forward to sharing more information in short order.”  – Executive Leader, Company Y Historically, HR has…

5 Steps to Knowing and Keeping Your Best People

At the end of the first quarter of 2017, 45% of small businesses reported that they were unable to find qualified applicants to fill job openings. Our own research, The Use of People Science shows that growth can be particularly…

5 Behaviors That Build a Company’s Culture

A review of 2017 HCM trends identified improving corporate culture as a primary focus for HR leaders. Research from CEB also identified culture as the most common talent topic discussed during corporate earnings calls. Clearly culture matters. But what determines…

5 Areas of Focus to Avoid an Uber Culture Catastrophe

Is this the end of Uber’s bro culture? An investigation into Uber’s corporate culture, led by former U.S. attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., has resulted in Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick taking a leave of absence for an undisclosed amount of time. Holder made 8 recommendations, including 2…