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Can anger in the workplace be beneficial? Can anger in the workplace be beneficial? Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

The upside of anger: why workers should express their emotions

Anger has traditionally been considered an emotion to be avoided at work as it is often linked to a lack of personal control. Anger at work is often seen as unprofessional; an uncontrolled response linked…
Straight-laced no more, the Zappos office is getting a makeover. Straight-laced no more, the Zappos office is getting a makeover. TechCocktail

Goodbye to bosses? Zappos is biting off more than it can shoe

Imagine a company without managers, structure or even job titles. Sounds like a fantasy of some anarchist collective? Think again, the Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos which is entirely owned…
Human resource managers will often shy away from hiring overqualified employees, but research shows that they can be an asset. Human resource managers will often shy away from hiring overqualified employees, but research shows that they can be an asset. Shutterstock

Survive or thrive? Overqualified a matter of management

Overqualified workers are often seen as the pariah of human resources but these employees can be a constructive or a destructive influence on your business, depending on the way they are managed. In my…
Using social media to screen job candidates is a common practice, but recruiters should be wary of the pitfalls. Using social media to screen job candidates is a common practice, but recruiters should be wary of the pitfalls. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Social media puts HR ethics under the spotlight

Social media has definitely changed the game for job-seekers and recruiters. Traditionally, HR recruiters placed an advertisement, sifted through the responses, and interviewed the shortlisted candidates…
Personality assessment is often used by recruiters to predict workplace success, with varying degrees of accuracy. Personality assessment is often used by recruiters to predict workplace success, with varying degrees of accuracy. www.shutterstock.com

Who do you think you are? The problems with workplace personality tests

Employers recognise that work performance can’t be predicted perfectly by formal qualifications, references and interviews. Job candidates may have sheaves of diplomas, incandescent recommendations, a…
The conviction of Rio Tinto executive and Australian citizen Stern Hu for industrial espionage in 2010 highlighted the importance of managing issues of ethnic identity in China. The conviction of Rio Tinto executive and Australian citizen Stern Hu for industrial espionage in 2010 highlighted the importance of managing issues of ethnic identity in China. AAP

Understanding identity is the key to succeeding in China

The 21st century is predicted to be Asia’s century. As the leading economic power in Asia, China has become a popular business partner for many countries notably Australia. With increasing business interactions…
No dearth of talent here… but Australia could learn from the Olympics how to attract the best global skilled workers. No dearth of talent here… but Australia could learn from the Olympics how to attract the best global skilled workers.

Searching for an olive branch in the global war for talent

Last year, thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries competed in the London Olympics. The International Olympic Committee had no difficulty attracting the world’s leading sporting talent because…
People power: organisations can set themselves apart by effectively engaging with their short-term and long-term employees. People power: organisations can set themselves apart by effectively engaging with their short-term and long-term employees. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Short-term gain or long-term pain? Finding HR solutions for a flexible workforce

A recent conference organised by the Australasian Talent Conference, Contingent - the new perm, puts an interesting spin on the need to develop more effective and efficient organisations. Its focus is…
A jugaad is not only the name for the jalopies driven by India’s rural poor; it also refers to a management technique that refers to that country’s capacity for indigenous innovation. A jugaad is not only the name for the jalopies driven by India’s rural poor; it also refers to a management technique that refers to that country’s capacity for indigenous innovation. lut4rp

All hail Jugaad? Understanding the latest management fad from India

What do India’s huge blackouts this month have to do with the latest fad for CEOs? Forget guanxi, the Chinese art of networking; forget the Japanese-inspired disciplinary regime, the Six Sigma way. The…
Going for a new job? For many employers, it’s crucial that your personality passes the test. Going for a new job? For many employers, it’s crucial that your personality passes the test. The Tuxic

Why workplaces must resist the cult of personality testing

Personality testing is big business. In 2009, personality testing was a $500-million industry. In the UK, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported that 92% of employers surveyed considered psychometric…
Younger Australians are less likely to benefit from a rise in the compulsory super contribution. Younger Australians are less likely to benefit from a rise in the compulsory super contribution. AAP

Lifting the super guarantee isn’t good for everybody

Of the many policy debates in Federal Parliament in 2011, one which gathered support from both major parties was the proposal to lift the superannuation guarantee employer contribution from 9% to 12…
Job seekers always want to show their best side, so personality testing can be complicated. Job seekers always want to show their best side, so personality testing can be complicated. Vermin Inc

The right person for the job? Weeding out personality-test fakers isn’t easy

Most people have taken an online or magazine quiz promising to reveal information about their true personality, interests, or attitudes. These tests can be harmless fun. But there is a serious side to…