What You Post Could Make You UninsurableRead the rest of this entry »
The insurance industry is beginning to explore how checking your social media posts might be used to set rates for everything from auto insurance to life.
Today, the technology isn't quite there. Give it a few years though, and you might just find that video of you doing a wheelie at 60 miles an hour will cause your premiums to go through the roof -- if you can even get insurance ...
A Friendly Rivalry Can Boost Your PerformanceRead the rest of this entry »
"Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you," industrialist Henry Kaiser said. He's far from alone in extolling the need for competitors to drive an organization -- or a person -- to do their best and win.
But what if a "supportive rivalry," where you actually helped your competition was even better?
Wharton Psychology Professor Adam Grant makes that point when he ...
Our SXSW Learnings About BuzzwordsRead the rest of this entry »
Shelly Palmer, one of our favorite technology writers, is at SXSW and he's discovered that everything is powered by AI. Unless it uses blockchain. Or possibly both, and it all runs on a 5G network. Except that in the U.S. 5G hardly exists.
In his first 24 hours at the massive South by Southwest conference, festival, art show, etc., Palmer heard so many buzzwords, used so wrongly that ...
Celebrating International Women's DayRead the rest of this entry »
The theme of today's International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter. It's a call to action for gender equality and a reminder that despite the gains since the first Women's Day 100 years ago, there is imbalance in pay, jobs, leadership and societal value between women and men.
It's a worldwide event, with events and activities organized by volunteers; no country or movement sponsors the day, though several companies have lent their ...
When You Can't Get Both, Soft Skills Beat Out ExperienceRead the rest of this entry »
How important are soft skills? More important than qualifications and the right experience, say 75% of adults in an online survey.
If the "perfect" candidate can't be found -- and that is so often the case -- then the job should go to the person who has good personal, communications and time-management skills, is enthusiastic and is reliable, rather than to someone without good soft skills, even if they meet all the ...
Noisy, Disruptive and Now, Not Even CollaborativeRead the rest of this entry »
Here's another blow against open floorplans: they don't improve face-to-face collaboration.
That was one of the leading reasons why companies tore out partitions and even eliminated assigned workspaces. It didn't hurt that open offices also cost less to furnish, a reason tech startups adopted the concept.
But then studies began to find these offices were noisier and that workers experienced more disruptions and higher levels of stress. The belief was ...
Turn a Performance Impovement Plan Into a PositiveRead the rest of this entry »
It should never come as a surprise, but sometimes it does. One day you're asked to come to HR to be confronted by your grim faced manager and a senior HR person who inform you that because of deficiencies in you work you are being put on a Performance Improvement Plan.
It's an uncomfortable and scary situation to be in, as a PIP is often just a step away from ...
Coffee Is Better Than Water for Your DNARead the rest of this entry »
Drinking coffee is good for your DNA.
A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition at the end of last year concluded that "regular consumption of a dark roast coffee blend has a beneficial protective effect on human DNA integrity in both, men and women." What that means is that in testing two groups of 50 people, one drinking just water everyday for a month and the other ...
What's a Gig? No One Is SureRead the rest of this entry »
What's a "gig" job? Like Justice Potter Stewart once wrote, you may know it when you see it. But for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's just not good enough.
As the acting BLS commissioner admitted in a blog post last week, "BLS does not have a definition of the gig economy or gig workers. In fact, researchers use many different definitions when they talk about the gig economy." ...
The Important Contribution of the Modern ElderRead the rest of this entry »
Older workers have an important role to play in today's workforce.
Generational diversity, says author and entrepreneur Chip Conley, is immensely valuable because of the contribution that older workers can make. It's not just that they have more experience and knowledge, it's the wisdom they bring.
In a discussion on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show on SiriusXM , Conley made that point that age alone does not confer wisdom: "Wisdom is ...