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Every new employee needs an onboarding buddy

Bringing a new employee onboard is both an exciting and stressful time. And while managers play a critical role in shaping a new employees’ first weeks and months, a broader team effort can ensure the...

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Podcast: Workplace Analytics and Neha Shah on WorkLife

Microsoft Workplace Analytics Director of Solution Design Dr. Neha Shah joins other researchers and experts talking to Adam Grant, host of the WorkLife podcast, about informal networks and the power o...

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Measuring your employees' invisible forms of influence

Companies are always looking for the best ways to assess the potential of employees. Managers want to understand how their teams contribute to the organization, and they want to identify high performe...

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What great managers do daily

So much depends upon managers. For example, a Gallup study found that at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores is driven by who the boss is. This is disconcerting because the same re...

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When employees all want the best desks, data wins

There was an era not long ago when Shanon Bernstine spent a lot of time with paper maps. And not just a few maps: upward of 50 of them, large swaths of paper spread across tables and carpeting the flo...

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What makes great salespeople

What behaviors drive successful salespeople? Last year, research by my people analytics company VoloMetrix identified three things that were highly correlated with top performing reps: More time spent...

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How to finally kill the useless, recurring meeting

We’ve all been part of a bloated weekly meeting. You know the one, with 20-plus attendees that’s been happening every week for years; where everyone attends because they’re supposed to, but no one get...

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The paradox of workplace productivity

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. And while this equation seems simple enough on the surface, the strategies fo...

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How to defeat corporate sabotage in your workplace

Did you think corporate sabotage was a recent invention? Not really. Learn how to combat it like a secret agent. “When possible, refer all matters to committees, for ‘further study and consideration.’...

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Five ways to empower your team to make decisions

Micromanagement is one of those deceptive business techniques that might appear productive, but that can really create a toxic business environment.It decreases management productivity. It frustrates ...

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The analytics of sales time well spent

Sales executives with even moderately large, distributed salesforces rely on data to help them understand which activities and behaviors lead to the best outcomes. Solid data and analysis allow them t...

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If you multitask during meetings, your team will, too

Managers have hard jobs. They coordinate the work of their teams, align this work with company goals, serve as a primary source of professional development for their employees, deliver results, and ma...

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Viva Insights August 2021 feature updates

Our team is excited to announce our feature updates for August 2021. (You can see past blog articles here). This month’s update describes the following features: Workspace Collaboration Optimize Group...

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