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Defusing heated political debates in the federal workplace

Remember the good old days when you could log onto Facebook or have a conversation at the office water cooler without engaging in a political debate? There have been any number of reports lately about these debates creeping into the workplace and proving to be a major distraction and a drag on employee productivity. Federal career […]

Men’s negotiating styles toward women grew more aggressive after Trump’s election, study shows

Wharton assistant professor Corinne Low didn't set out to test the effect Donald Trump's election might have on men's and women's negotiating patterns last year. A gender and family economist, she was looking more broadly into gender...Show More Summary

Yahoo’s CEO is giving up at least $12 million in compensation after the company’s hacking probe

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has made repeat appearances on the list of highest paid CEOs. The millions she could take home if she and Yahoo were ever to part ways has been the subject of much attention. But following a board inquiry into her executive team's handling of epic data breaches in 2014, she'll be taking a sizable pay cut. In Yahoo's […]

Uber’s CEO says ‘I need leadership help.’ What should it look like?

The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one. And on Tuesday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick did just that, making an unusually public call for help after a dashcam video of a heated exchange with one of his company's drivers went viral online. "This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to […]

Snapchat’s IPO filing comes with an unusual investor warning

When Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, filed for its initial public offering earlier this month, it included the usual list of risk factors investors might want to consider when investing: Over time, its user growth could slow down. Show More Summary

How two of the most closely watched CEOs see the economy in the Trump era

Two of the most closely watched letters in American business -- the annual missives penned by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt to their shareholders -- were released in recent days. Show More Summary

Hollywood’s diversity problem looks a little better after the Oscars. But it still has a long way to go.

The post-Oscars attention may be on the epic flub that closed Sunday night's 89th Academy Awards, when an envelope error meant "La La Land" was briefly, and incorrectly, named best picture, when the award belonged to "Moonlight." But...Show More Summary

Why a toxic workplace is now a much bigger liability for companies

Corporate culture has long been the sort of squishy management consultant term that’s hard to define, even harder to change, and the recipient of lots of lip service yet little action by chief executives. But however amorphous the phrase may be, its importance was stamped into stark relief this week after a former female Uber engineer made allegations about […]

The CEOs of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan are worth $261 million more since the election

CEOs at the country's largest publicly traded companies may not have been big supporters of Donald Trump during his campaign. But in the three months since the election, many are surely happy to see that the value of their personal holdings of company stock has grown -- and substantially so, in some cases. According to a newly released analysis by […]

The problem with Donald Trump’s blame game

Presidents have long liked to play the blame game. In his early State of the Union addresses, Ronald Reagan blamed the economy he inherited from Jimmy Carter. Barack Obama, who frequently spoke of the economic crisis unfolding as he took office, was called the “blamer in chief” by conservative media; in mid-2009, the New York Times suggested that […]

The cost of silence: Why more CEOs are speaking out in the Trump era

After receiving an honorary doctorate at the University of Glasgow recently, Apple chief executive Tim Cook took questions from the capacity crowd. The first student had two for the leader of the world’s most profitable company. He wondered, to laughter, whether he could have a job. And then he asked about Apple’s “next big thing” […]

In full-page ad, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank tries to put praise for Trump behind him

More than a week after Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank went on CNBC and praised President Trump as "a real asset for this country," sparking criticism from celebrity endorsers, the sports apparel company is still playing defense. In its latest move, the Baltimore-based firm took out a full-page ad in the form of an open letter […]

Want to work from home more often? New data from Gallup could help convince your boss

  Employees who've tried to negotiate a remote work arrangement often ask to spend one day working from home. But new data from a big workplace study suggests they might be better off asking for three or four. As part of its massive "State of the American Workplace" report released Wednesday, Gallup asked more than 7,000 U.S. workers […]

Federal leaders need contingency plans to manage hiring freeze for the short and long term

Since President Trump signed a memorandum to freeze federal hiring on Jan. 23, it seems not a day has gone by without questions regarding how it should be applied. While there are a variety of opinions on whether the freeze is the right approach to reshaping the government, there has been little discussion about how […]

How to save good jobs

The job prospects for blue-collar workers is one of the hottest topics in U.S. politics. The current fascination with the potential of robotics has helped reveal the important truth that productivity increases have been the biggest and perhaps the inexorable factor reducing the number of manufacturing jobs, and that’s increasingly true in service sectors as […]

Facebook’s new paid leave policy isn’t just for moms and dads

Companies have been rolling out ever-longer paid parental leaves to lure or retain younger workers: Six paid weeks off for new barista moms at Starbucks. Six months for both new moms and dads at Etsy. Up to a year at Netflix. But expansive benefits...Show More Summary

Since the election, a third of workers say their colleagues talk about politics more than work

If it feels like all everyone at work is doing is talking about politics and refreshing Twitter for the latest inflammatory tweet from President Trump, it may be because some of them are. While every workplace is different, a new survey...Show More Summary

Despite backlash, we’ll probably see more gender-themed ads like Audi’s Super Bowl spot

One of the most-discussed ads during the Super Bowl Sunday night was not about football, beer or food. It was an Audi ad about the gender pay gap, featuring a dad watching his little girl competing in a cart race and questioning whether she'd be compensated equally when she grows up. "What do I tell my daughter?" the narrator asks. The […]

A Harvard professor on the five questions to ask when facing tough decisions

Joseph L. Badaracco is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School and the author of numerous books on leadership, decision-making and responsibility. In an interview with Tom Fox, Badaracco discussed some of the central themes of his most recent book, "Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest […]

Anxiety, unease and eagerness to move on: Workers cope with Trump’s first two weeks

Managers in many workplaces, watching their employees distracted by the political tensions of the 2016 campaign, probably thought they'd breathe a sigh of relief once the brutal and divisive election came to a close. People would refocus...Show More Summary

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