How Office Politics and Real Politics Can Mix

MEMBERS of Congress have fled Washington for the campaign trail. Political ads are hitting television screens, and pundits are placing odds on how many Congressional seats the Democrats can gain. It’s election season again — but you wouldn’t know it in many offices....

The Silent May Have Something to Say

CAST your mind back over your last several business meetings. Chances are, at least one of them consisted of you and several colleagues sitting around a conference table discussing how to design or market or acquire some sort of widget. As the end of the meeting...

When Work Time Isn’t Face Time

MAYBE a recent episode of “Project Runway” was especially good, or the football game went into overtime and ended on an amazing play. Maybe you just have fresh gossip to share. Whatever the reason, you and your colleagues find yourselves standing around talking...

Inside the Minds of Your Employees

WITH all the targeted marketing out there, and the customer satisfaction surveys and opinion polls that companies seem to offer at every turn, you might think that employers could get a handle on which employee benefits are most popular among their workers. You might...

When Religious Needs Test Company Policy

MANAGERS must deal with big issues all day long — from acquisitions to runaway health care costs — but in many cases it is the little things that count the most. That can be especially true in matters of faith in the workplace. How little? Toni Riccardi, formerly the...

You’ve Earned a Vacation. But Dare You Take It?

AS winter draws to its slushy close and the piles of snow outside your window turn dirty gray, sunny getaways start to seem almost unbearably tempting. Your daydreams fill with visions of islands rimmed by long, sandy beaches, or that adventure trip to Costa Rica, or...

Life After a Merger: Learning on Both Sides

MERGER planning has a great deal in common with those big premarriage discussions. In both cases, each side needs to be clear-eyed about the other’s strengths and weaknesses, to find areas where the partners can work together and other areas where they could each use...

Wellness Programs Try to Be Welcoming, Too

AH, July: an ideal time of year for morning runs, long swims, family bike rides and picnic tables laden with seasonal produce. In short, it’s healthy time. Unfortunately, it’s also health care time — when managers must contend with rising health insurance premiums as...

What a Test Can Say About Your Style

REMEMBER your first self-assessment test? I took mine — it may have been the Myers-Briggs — in high school, sitting at a too-small desk in a drab, dingy classroom. As an unsmiling teacher paced back and forth, we grudgingly revealed details about our inner selves in...

In Mission Statements, Bizspeak and Bromides

IMAGINE three people who have landed new jobs, each at a different company. All three come to work on their first day breathing fire and decide to read their employers’ mission statements. One is exhorted to strive “to help people and businesses throughout the world...