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Do Performance Reviews Underperform?

Performance reviews are meant to develop people to reach their highest potential, often tied to pay raises and upward mobility. In spite of their common use, they are usually equally despised by employees and managers. Perhaps performance reviews need a performance review.

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Coming to Grips with the Purpose of “Purpose”

In his observations of great and the good at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Financial Times senior editor observed one trend that didn’t receive much notice elsewhere: how to use the term “purpose.”

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Economy Got Them Down – 8 Essential Ways to Reinstate Confidence within Your Workforce

For a multitude of reasons, from the Great Recession to the bank bailout, trust has dipped to an all-time low within Corporate America. This is quite a problem. After all, productivity drops, service delivery degrades and the bottom-line deteriorates in firms where trust is the lowest.

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Will Companies Drop Healthcare Coverage Because of ACA?

Will 2014 mark the beginning of the end for employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it? Target recently announced that it will no longer provide health insurance for its part-time employees. Trader Joe's and Home Depot also made similar moves. Why? Some experts say it’s because of Obamacare. Others are not so sure.

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When Is it Time to Go?

Company leaders who overstay their welcome ultimately hurt their organization's performance new research suggests. In addition, management expert Ram Charan argues in his latest book, “Boards that Lead,”that CEO tenure is dropping in part because of boards are no longer reluctant to pull the trigger, but also due to the fact that more and more CEOs are unable to navigate a necessary change of course.

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How Companies Can Leverage a Direct Contracting Model of Healthcare to Lower Their Costs and Improve Outcomes

What happens to the unused money paid into employee health premiums over the course of a year? Insurers neither reimburse nor incentivize employers to control the cost of their health care. Yet, year after year, money is paid into employee health plans never to be seen again.

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Leveraging Wholesome Mac-and-Cheese Into Prosperity

Success in “better-for-you” foods for kids has led the company to a crossroads: how to build on it without sacrificing its ethical vision or its organic formula.

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Does the CEO Have to be Attractive to Succeed?

Is beauty in the eye of the shareholder? In a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, hiring good-looking executives is good for the bottom line. The study, Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Values, deployed a ‘Facial Attractiveness Index’ to value the appearance of 677 chief executives from the S&P 500. "Attractive" bosses received better compensation – but more than that: share prices can rise if the CEO is "attractive."

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