“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. The up or out policy ensures that this network continues to grow. (Source: Flickr ).

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.

What’s Your (Social Media) Policy?

Joellyn Sargent

If you haven’t established a social media policy for your business, it’s time to get busy. Like an Internet Use policy, a social media policy explains how employees can utilize social media when representing the company. Every Company Needs One.

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The digital future of work: Policy implications of automation


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

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 to Thrive in an Era of Shifting Trade Policy


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.

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.

The High Price of Overly Prescriptive HR Policies

Harvard Business

Too many companies’ HR policies are overly restrictive. Such policies are often convoluted and overly paternal, and attempt to control the behavior of regular people through rules designed to rein in the “bad apples.” Although a small percentage of employees may try to take advantage of more flexible or generous policies, designing your HR policies with such people in mind isn’t the answer. Establish a zero-tolerance policy for dishonesty.

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.

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.

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.

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. In fact, retailers often choose to offer return policies with checks and balances, ones that include some lenient terms but with restrictions as well.

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. Executional excellence on each policy usually costs very little beyond some creativity and a little care.

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

Merkel’s Human Rights Speaker Resigns Over Refugee Policy


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

Otmar Issing on ECB Policies and the Eurozone


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.

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


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.

Equity Valuations, an Everything Bubble and “Policy Trumpacho”


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

Event Risk and Trump’s Weak Dollar Policy


Saxo Bank CIO and chief economist Steen Jakobsen sees event risks on the near horizon in terms of Trump policies and the US dollar. Specifically, Jakobsen has a focus on a “Weak Dollar Policy” that he expects Trump to pursue. more…). Economics

Trump Ban: Inept Policy or Purposeful Action? WW III?


The outrage against Trump’s 7-nation migration ban has been both swift and furious. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham spoke out against Trump calling the ban a “self-inflicted wound” In response, Trump did what he usually does when people disagree with him: blast them in a series of Tweets, accusing the pair of “ wanting to start WWIII “ What’s going on? more…). Economics

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.

Trump Continues Obama’s Inane, Immoral, Unconstitutional Drone Policy


Drone on. We keep dropping bombs and we keep killing more civilians and children than we do alleged terrorists. Instead of lamenting all the lives needlessly destroyed, we praise a US soldier who died in an illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional action. more…). Economics

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


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

Obama’s Legacy: Obamacare Failure, Drone Policy Failure, Guantanamo Failure, NSA Spying Failure


His popularity is more of a reflection on Obama being a likable person, than having likable policies. Gallup’s Daily Obama Approval Rating poll shows Americans view president Obama consistently higher now than at any time since 2009. It’s also a reflection on the extreme unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. more…). Economics

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


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.

Uber’s New Tipping Policy Is a Mistake

Harvard Business

The problem with Uber’s “don’t…but in case you do” tipping policy is it changes the meaning of a tip. However, if Uber is intent on maintaining its no-tipping policy, it should find another method to reward highly rated drivers.

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


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

A Wall Won’t Secure the U.S.-Mexico Border, but Economic Policy Could

Harvard Business

What the United States needs are smart economic policies that disrupt the market forces that are currently driving undocumented immigration. Policy Labor National competitiveness North America Digital ArticlePresident Trump campaigned on a promise to “build a great, great wall on our southern border.” ” After he was inaugurated as president, his administration said it was considering taxing imports from Mexico to cover the estimated cost of $21.6 billion.

The Fortune 500 Can’t Go Along with a Rollback on Climate Policy

Harvard Business

Sustainability Policy North America Digital ArticleThe Paris climate agreement – under which governments from around the world agreed to keep the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — came into force last week, and this week delegates from almost 200 countries are meeting in Marrakech to consider the progress that has been made since the agreement was signed and the best ways to move forward.

The President’s Policy Changes Are Already Hurting U.S. Innovation

Harvard Business

All of these issues are legitimate concerns of the American people and deserve to be the topic of serious policy debate. Trust is necessary whenever data is involved, and wild swings in policy will inevitably erode trust in the United States. If we want to preserve our position at the forefront of the innovation economy, we must act more thoughtfully when creating policy. President Trump’s action to deliver on his campaign promises has been swift.

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).

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


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

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


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

Trump is Like the Weather: Wait a Day and His Foreign Policy Position Will Change


For good measure, Trump blasted Canada over its dairy product policy. Just days after Trump backed away from a trade war with China, the Trump administration launched a National-Security Probe on Steel Imports. more…). Economics

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


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

James Grant Conference Video: Inflation Expectations, Growth, Policy Problems; Europe Has Become Japan


Here''s an interesting video from the recent James Grant Conference. The title of this year''s conference is Investing Opportunistically, Separating the Beta from the Alpha. The first five minutes are introductions and attendee notes you may wish to skip over.

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


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

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


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.

It's a Wonderful Crisis; Fed's Forward Guidance Policy in Comic Form


Here is an amusing as well as accurate assessment of the Fed''s forward guidance policy in comic form, courtesy of The Telegraph and Steen Jakobsen, chief economist of Saxo Bank, who sent me the link.

Leaders Focus Too Much on Changing Policies, and Not Enough on Changing Minds

Harvard Business

Business transformations are typically built around new structural elements, including policies, processes, facilities, and technology. hbr staff/jake hinds/unsplash. Not long ago, I asked 100 CEOs attending a conference how many of them were currently involved in a significant business transformation. Nearly all of them raised their hands, which was no surprise. According to a study by BCG, 85% of companies have undertaken a transformation during the past decade.