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10/15/2020

If you're having trouble focusing on your work, it could be a matter of self-sabotage or you've just lost interest, says social media executive Jodie Cook, who explains seven reasons for a lack of focus. "Turning down tasks and deeming them beneath you is the attitude of an amateur. The big jobs go to those who demonstrate their ability to outgrow the small ones," she writes.

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10/15/2020

Seventy-three percent of Americans are worried about the health risks of returning to workplaces and 75% would think about leaving their job if their employer's safety efforts during the pandemic were insufficient, according to the Envoy Return to Work Survey. In addition, 90% miss the workplace and 94% want to be in the office for at least one day per week.

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10/15/2020

Starbucks wants 30% of corporate employees to identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color by 2025. The goal will be part of executive-level compensation, while Starbucks also will create a mentorship program to connect employees with senior leaders, among other efforts.

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CNBC
10/15/2020

Home Depot successfully merged two brands with the help of People Strategy for Services leader Adriana Avella, who has been in several roles over 13 years at the company. "I can say she's very transparent, very open and honest about what you are doing, but she's also very empowering," says regional HR manager James Hein of Avella.

10/15/2020

Leaders who seek feedback from employees tend to treat them more fairly, write researchers Elad Sherf, Ravi Gajendran and Barry Posner. "Our thesis was that by soliciting feedback about their behaviors and actions, leaders signal their openness and willingness to engage with critiques of their own performance," they write.

10/15/2020

Indonesia-controlled Pertamina created a leadership acceleration program called Catalyser to prepare middle managers for executive positions over two years. Participants received mentoring before being split into four groups related to their abilities and career goals.

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INSEAD Knowledge
10/15/2020

Langham Hospitality Group's employee wellness initiatives include a virtual fitness journey from Hong Kong to London, with CEO Stefan Leser leading by example on some of the fitness challenges, says Sandra Ngan, senior vice president for people and culture. She also discusses company efforts to help employees' families more easily book complimentary stays, as well as how the brand is handling working from home.

10/14/2020

Uber and Lyft appeared before a California appeals court on Tuesday to argue against the state's decision to classify its drivers as employees, but it's likely the gig worker battle will be decided by residents on Nov. 3 when they vote for or against Proposition 22 -- a ballot measure in which Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart and DoorDash have invested more than $180 million. A poll of residents by Redfield & Wilton Strategies in September found that 53% intend to vote in favor of the companies, but a separate poll by the University of California at Berkeley revealed just 39% intend to vote "yes."

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University of California
10/14/2020

Despite the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic, many managers indicate they are still willing to negotiate salaries with hires, according to a survey by Robert Half. This article offers four tips for new employees to optimize compensation.

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10/14/2020

AMD built on its workplace culture of trust during the pandemic, starting a "Recharge" program for taking time off, helping employees pay for work-from-home expenses and promoting the company's employee resource group for caregivers, says Chief HR Officer Robert Gama. "By sharing tips, resources, and webinars on working remotely and managing family obligations, we support each other as a community," he says.