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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
They're Real People

The Doughnut Dilemma: What the Office Pastry Teaches About Behavioral Economics

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Happy National Doughnut Day! You’d be healthier if you didn’t eat one, but for deep evolutionary reasons, your brain is wired to make you eat it anyway. There’s a lesson in that.

In my latest Forbes column, I look at the simplest example of behavioral economics and discuss briefly the implications for leading. The lesson for leaders and front-line managers is to build their employee value propositions around, not against, human nature.

The Last Slice of ‘Swiss Cheese': How Company Culture Saves Lives or Gets People Killed

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A bit of a personal note on my latest Forbes column, if I might. I worked briefly for IBM on a loading dock. As a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, I covered way too many (one is too many) workplace fatalities. One of my best friends from childhood died six summers ago in a logging accident. There are few things in the field of employee research about which I feel more passionately than worker safety. This is why I wrote today’s column on the current evidence connecting morale with those sometimes split-second realizations and decisions that save a life. More than usual, I hope the piece proves useful.

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