Workplace Success – What You Need to Know this Week

Here are three stories that people are talking about this week.

1. Zappos gets rid of job postings

Zappos has announced that it’s getting rid of traditional job postings and instead is asking potential job applicants to sign up for its new social network, called Zappos Insiders, where they’ll be able to network with current employees and demonstrate their passion for the company. The idea is that company recruiters will get to know them a bit and might tap them when openings become available.

But this isn’t the beginning of the end for traditional job postings. Zappos can do this because it’s a wildly popular employer that enormous numbers of people would love to work for. Most companies aren’t in that position and can’t convince job seekers to spend time socializing for months in the hopes that they might be approached about a job, so this is unlikely to become a widespread trend.

2. Can a 6-hour work day work?

A research project in Sweden is studying whether shorter work days will boost productivity. A year-long project there is dividing some government workers into two groups – one that will work six-hour days, while the other works a more typical eight hours. “We’ll compare the two afterwards and see how they differ,” Mat Pilhem, the Left Party deputy mayor of Gothenburg, has explained. “We hope to get the staff members taking fewer sick days and feeling better mentally and physically after they’ve worked shorter days.”

Feel like moving to Sweden right about now?

3. Generous people do better at work than selfish ones

Do nice guys really finish last? Organizational psychology star Adam Grant’s research says that “givers,” or employees who perform selfless acts with no expectation of reciprocity (like helping colleagues and mentoring staff members), are indeed clustered at the bottom of the work food chain – but they’re also clustered at the top.

What separates the givers at the bottom from the givers at the top? “The winners learn how to give without letting themselves become doormats. They do favors with no strings attached, but they don’t overextend themselves to the point that they fail to achieve their own goals,” writes Slate. Also, “winners’ giving is more widely distributed—lots of quick bits of assistance to everyone in sight—and is consolidated in time chunks instead of sprinkled throughout the day or the week. When you give to just a few people, and erratically, selflessness is a well-intentioned but ineffectual drain on your time. But with broad and efficiently concentrated giving, you reach … a tipping point at which your reputation as a giver and your accumulation of grateful pals grows to the point that positive effects ensue.”












Alison Green

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She's also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

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  • http://bethannesbest.com/ Beth Anne

    I can say the last 2 hours of the day I’m not very productive and just waiting for the day to be over so 6 hour workdays work for me!

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