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Employee Experience

Exit Interview

Exit Interview Questions You Should Ask An Employee Who’s Leaving

A version of this post regarding exit interview questions was originally published on TheMuse.com, and can be found here: http://muse.cm/1WYiz3p   A few months ago, one of my employees decided to leave the company. Her exit wasn’t a total surprise—we’d hired her originally as an intern, and we all knew her heart and her passion resided in the nonprofit realm. I tried to...

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The Concert Experience

Until recently, I’d never quite understood all of the hype that surrounds concerts. With the hassle of locating a venue that’s reasonable to get to, finding people to go with, spending an exorbitant amount of money on overpriced tickets, and dealing with the thousands of other people (not to mention the accompanying traffic!) who attend – it certainly did not...

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Step Back! The Importance of Taking Time to Stop and Assess

I can be highly suggestible. When my friends want to try something new, they know that I’ll usually agree to try something before thinking through the entire process. This excitement for new adventures has led to me finding myself skydiving, off-roading in Qatar and agreeing to hike the Inca trail - generally getting myself into harmless shenanigans. But when it...

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Happiness @ Work

Lately, it seems like “happiness” is everywhere – and not just because of that catchy tune by Pharrell. Maybe it’s because the economy is finally taking a turn for the better, but it seems everyone’s talking about the importance of happiness – heck, there’s even a “World Happiness Report.” Really. With all this...

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Words to Live By

Earlier this week, I heard a story on NPR about “The Holstee Manifesto.” Apparently, this short but meaningful collection of motivational statements adorns the walls of dozens of tech companies and startups, from Google and AirBnb to Zappos and TED. I had never seen or heard of it before, but was immediately intrigued. How could some simple thoughts jotted down...

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Gratitude at Work

Do you believe that your happiness depends on your success at work? Many people feel the same way. But actually, it’s quite possible that we’ve got it all backwards. Psychologists like Shawn Achor argue that cultivating a positive mindset actually inspires productivity and success. If...

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Asking the right questions – Interviewing for corporate comms

I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing lately for everything from corporate profiles, to newsletter success stories, to customer-facing web pages. While picking up the phone to quiz a complete stranger can still be daunting, over the years I’ve developed a few habits and tips that will (usually) make the process go smoothly and ensure that I get better quotes...

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Hack the Experience

At last some good news on the employee engagement front (after a long period of cost-cutting and doing more with less): 2014 has been named the“Year of the Employee,” according to Forbes. In other words, employers are finally recognizing that their people are overstretched, overworked, and most important, vital to supporting the economic recovery finally underway. It’s about time, right? ...

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