It’s Time to Rethink Corporate Bereavement Policies

Harvard Business

Managing people Human resource management Personnel policies Digital ArticleFive ways to better support grieving employees.

“Up or Out” Policy

Tom Spencer

It is common for top consulting firms to subject consultants to a rigorous “up or out” policy. Consulting firms appear to employ the “up or out” policy for three reasons. Firstly, consulting firms typically embrace a meritocratic culture, and so the “up or out” policy is a way of making sure that the best consultants advance within the firm. The up or out policy ensures that this network continues to grow. Management Consulting consulting up or out policy

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Who Supports Diversity Policies? It Depends on the Policy

Harvard Business

Diversity Policy Digital ArticleA survey of 1,862 workers breaks down attitudes by race and gender.

The digital future of work: Policy implications of automation

McKinsey

The adoption of new technology and new work practices poses particular challenges to both business and policy makers. What are the key priorities they should look to address? Future of Organizations & Work

Guidelines and Sample Policy on Nonprofit Political Activity

The Nonprofit Consultant

In these contentious political times, those of us in the social services field may feel the need to be more vocal about policies that effect our clients and our missions, while simultaneously facing pressure to "not rock the boat" or be controversial. To explain the law and put my board at ease, I have gone through several sources to put together the following guidelines and policy for engaging in political activity.

Should Your Family Business Have a “No In-Laws” Policy?

Harvard Business

Hiring Personnel policies Talent management Digital ArticleThe short answer: maybe.

Transgender, Gender-Fluid, Nonbinary, and Gender-Nonconforming Employees Deserve Better Policies

Harvard Business

Even well-intentioned organizations inadvertently reinforce outdated gender norms. Gender Human resource management Diversity Digital Article

The Omissions That Make So Many Sexual Harassment Policies Ineffective

Harvard Business

Our research began with a simple question: If 98% of organizations in the United States have a sexual harassment policy, why does sexual harassment continue to be such a persistent and devastating problem in the American workplace? As evidenced by recent headlines regarding ongoing sexual harassment in the National Park Service , Uber , and Fox News , it seems clear that sexual harassment policies have not stopped the problem they were designed to address.

7 Steps for Preparing CASL Compliance Policies

Melissa Agnes

She also mentioned that a good CASL compliance policy could go a long way in protecting you. In today’s post, Maanit provides you with the seven steps you need to take to prepare an effective CASL compliance policy. Tips for preparing a CASL compliance policy. Although there is no “one policy fits all”, following are some of the steps that each organization should take when developing its CASL compliance policy. Step #6: Draft CASL Compliance Policies.

A Winning Parental Leave Policy Can Be Surprisingly Simple

Harvard Business

From 2015 to 2017, more than 75 large companies issued press releases touting new or expanded parental leave policies. Forward-thinking companies recognize that generous paid parental leave and other family-friendly policies provide reputational benefits, confer a competitive edge in recruitment, and increase employee productivity and retention. Several of the policies profiled throw even the pretense of gender neutrality out the window.

What PwC Learned from Its Policy of Flexible Work for Everyone

Harvard Business

Personnel policies Organizational culture Work-life balance Digital ArticleWorking parents aren’t the only ones who need flex time.

How can business leaders, policy makers, and individuals prepare today for the jobs of tomorrow?

McKinsey

Zoë Baird and Tim O’Reilly share their perspectives on the disruptive impact that automation and artificial intelligence will have on society, and their advice for what we need to do today to smooth the transition. Future of Organizations & Work

Merkel’s Human Rights Speaker Resigns Over Refugee Policy

MishTalk

Merkel’s human rights speaker, Erika Steinbach, resigned over the chancellor’s immigration policy. She also left the CDU party. more…). Economics

Merkel Reaffirms "Refugees Welcome" Policy Over Her Own Party's Objections

MishTalk

Ms Merkel emerges from the tussle with her “refugees welcome” policy broadly intact and her grip on the CDU-CSU alliance maintained, despite the strains between its left and right wings. Refugees got all the "signal" they need from Merkel's inept policy. German chancellor Angela Merkel seems bound and determined to go out in flames due to her open arms welcoming of refugees. Earlier today Merkel Rejected German Plan for Refugee Transit Zones.

How to Thrive in an Era of Shifting Trade Policy

BCG

Article Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Proposed changes to US trade policies could have huge implications for manufacturers and retailers, in some cases devastating profits and rendering well-honed business models obsolete. Article

Power, policy and public perception

Seth Godin Blog

Car dealers working together to stop Tesla. The NFL refusing to pay sales tax. Amazon trading customer satisfaction for concessions. Power utilities working to stop net metering by solar panel homeowners. Telecom companies working behind the scenes to get the FCC to abandon net neutrality. Just because an organization has the power to do something doesn''t mean it should

Equity Valuations, an Everything Bubble and “Policy Trumpacho”

MishTalk

Jason Leach at Fusion Capital credits “ Policy Trumpacho “ (more…). The S&P is up 8% since the election. Volatility has been squashed. The VIX is near record lows. Economics

How to Design a Return Policy

Harvard Business

Return policies are offered by retailers to help reduce customer risk and act as an incentive for product purchase. Anecdotal evidence suggests that return rates in excess of 20% can be enough to wipe out a retailer’s operating profit, which makes retailers cautious about offering a lenient return policy to help stimulate customer demand. However, increasing purchases via a more lenient return policy does lead to higher returns, and the exact impact depends on the policy.

How We Rewrote Our Company’s Mental Health Policy

Harvard Business

As a leader in your organization, you have the authority and responsibility to improve your policy to better support employees. wrote an entirely new mental health policy and openly discussed it with our team — and how you can do the same: Step 1: Define Your Goals. First, I partnered with our director of human resources to discuss the most important elements for this policy to include. After her research, your HR director should draft your policy.

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

Harvard Business

A managers’ challenge is how to take these “on the books” policies and move them beyond simple compliance to a place of executional excellence. In our work with employers, we find that when managers embrace new policies and regulations rather than grudgingly complying, they bring needed change to workplace culture. This may sound like a big project, so we find it is useful to start by improving our implementation of one policy and then moving to the next.

Research: A Strong Privacy Policy Can Save Your Company Millions

Harvard Business

What is more, we found that a good corporate privacy policy can shield firms from the financial harm posed by a data breach — by offering customers transparency and control over their personal information — while a flawed policy can exacerbate the problems caused by a breach. Why Study Privacy Policies? These policies are important customer communication tools because the firm has legally agreed to abide by them. Osman Rana/Hayon Thapaliya/Unsplash.

Fed’s Asymmetric Policy: Stagflation Lite Coming Up? Here Already?

MishTalk

Today the BLS reported the CPI for All Items rose 0.4% in October. “On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.4 percent in October after rising 0.3 percent in September. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 in October, the same increase as in September.” ” Many have hopped on the Stagflation or Stagflation Lite bandwagon recently. Is stagflation coming up? Has it arrived already? more…). Economics

Survey: What Diversity and Inclusion Policies Do Employees Actually Want?

Harvard Business

If organizations want to make progress, they need to invest in the right areas. Diversity Human resource management Managing people Digital Article

Have Your Privacy Policies Kept Up with Your Digital Transformation?

Harvard Business

The pandemic has rapidly transformed many companies’ business models. Security & privacy Technology Risk management Digital Article

Otmar Issing on ECB Policies and the Eurozone

BCG

At the same time, many are debating the monetary policies of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the effects of low inflation and low interest rates on the economy as the region slowly recovers from the financial crisis of 2008. Video Thursday, June 09, 2016 As one of the original architects of the euro, Otmar Issing was on the frontlines as the Eurozone adopted a single currency.

Policy in the data age: Data enablement for the common good

McKinsey

Like companies in the private sector, governments from national to local can smooth the process of digital transformation—and improve services to their “customers,” the public—by adhering to certain core principles. Here’s a road map. Our Insights

7 Steps for Preparing CASL Compliance Policies

Melissa Agnes

She also mentioned that a good CASL compliance policy could go a long way in protecting you. In today’s post, Maanit provides you with the seven steps you need to take to prepare an effective CASL compliance policy. Tips for preparing a CASL compliance policy. Although there is no “one policy fits all”, following are some of the steps that each organization should take when developing its CASL compliance policy. Step #6: Draft CASL Compliance Policies.

Are the Fed’s Interest Rate Policies Self-Defeating?

MishTalk

It’s rare that I agree with economic theories written up in mainstream media. But this is one of those times, … Continue reading → Economics

Fascinating Look at Why Brexit Happened Through Eyes of Cameron’s Deputy Director of Policy

MishTalk

Daniel Korski, deputy director of the policy unit in David Cameron’s government, explains Why We Lost the Brexit Vote. Korski offers a look at policy attempts, EU infighting, backroom deals that collapsed, the EU’s mistrust of conservatives, and what he believes the Remain camp should have done. more…). Economics

The Obama Administration’s Roadmap for AI Policy

Harvard Business

AI policy should be an urgent concern. government is not designing policy for general intelligence or “strong AI.” Alternatively, perhaps the real policy response — an aggressive international recruiting campaign for top AI research talent — is not meant for public consumption. On October 12, 2016, President Obama’s Executive Office published two reports that laid out its plans for the future of artificial intelligence (AI).

An Optimist's Case for Climate Policy - Strategy+Business

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Another US Foreign Policy Success: Isis Controls Half of Syria after Palmyra Seizure

MishTalk

Congratulations are in order for team Bush and team Obama for another stunning US foreign policy success: Isis Controls Half of Syria after Palmyra Seizure. The non-amusing fact in this mess is the policies of George Bush, Obama, and Hillary Clinton are similar if not identical. Make no bones about it, the takeover of Palmyra was a major US foreign policy success, provided you understand the goal.

Required Pension Contributions of California Cities Will Double in Five Years says Policy Institute: Quadruple is More Likely

MishTalk

The California Policy Center estimates Required Pension Contributions Will Nearly Double in 5 Years. I claim it will be much worse. more…). Economics

Plagues of Locusts Invade Russia; Putin's Inane Food Contraband Destruction Policy; Law of Productive Assets

MishTalk

Putin's Inane Food Contraband Destruction Policy In an action as economically stupid as president Roosevelt destroying US farm produce during the Great Depression, Russia Incinerates Contraband Food. One year into its embargo on western food products, Russia has launched a controversial campaign to destroy all contraband meat, dairy and produce, using on-the-spot incinerators, dump trucks, rollers and meat grinders.

Honesty (about Your Costs) Is the Best Policy

Strategy+Business

Being honest about the expenses that go into developing and distributing a product can increase sales and enhance a firm''s bond with consumers

Uber’s New Tipping Policy Is a Mistake

Harvard Business

While Uber maintains its policy that “…tips are not included on Uber’s platforms (except on UberTAXI), and that tipping is neither expected nor required” as part of the settlement, it retreats by adding , “…riders are free to offer tips and drivers are welcome to accept them.” The problem with Uber’s “don’t…but in case you do” tipping policy is it changes the meaning of a tip.

Unwilling and Unable! Washington State Rejects Obama’s Proposal to Extend Canceled Policies

MishTalk

The Seattle Times reports State insurance commissioner rejects Obama’s proposal to extend canceled policies. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has rejected President Obama’s proposal to allow insurance companies to extend health insurance policies for people who have received notices that their policies will be cancelled at the end of the year. We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies.”.

Reader asks “Is the Khan Academy’s Free Education Policy Socialistic?” Is Mish a Socialist?

MishTalk

Reader Drew wants to know if the Khan Academy’s free education policy is socialistic. Although unasked, the same question seems … Continue reading → Economics

Turkey Diversifies Foreign Policy: Russia and Turkey Agree to Pipeline Deal

MishTalk

For the third time in three months, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul. The result of this meeting is a Gas Pipeline Deal that bypasses Ukraine. more…). Economics

China Accelerates Bad Debt Writeoffs; Reflections on "Policies to Counter Economic Volatility"

MishTalk

We have policies in store to counter economic volatility. Policies to Counter Economic Volatility Yes indeed, central banks have "policies in store to counter economic volatility", and they use them. It was those policies in the wake of the dotcom bust that led to an even bigger debt bubble and subsequent housing crash. Financial stress related to Ponzi financing and other bad debts in China is readily visible in numerous places.