Corporate America Has a Caste Problem

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Unwittingly, businesses and civil society in the US may have facilitated the dominant caste practices through preferential hiring of Indians (in reality, they are hiring only higher castes). Silicon Valley's diversity problems are not hidden,…

Now Is the Time to Prepare for the Economic Shocks of Battling Climate Change

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Shedding reliance on fossil fuels is key to making the leap from a carbon-intensive present to a greener future. Experts say that smart planning and transparent policymaking can ease the transition—and balance the worst financial risks. The…

A More Prosocial World in Theory and Practice

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Listen to "#30 - A More Prosocial World in Theory and Practice" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with David Sloan Wilson about cooperation—how it evolved in social beings, how culture and norms can…

How Networks of Complicity Can Enable Crimes to Go on for Decades

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Unethical, even criminal, conduct can persist in organizations for long periods of time, often as an open secret and often supported by others. The R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking charges…

How Political Polarization Affects Our Personal and Professional Lives

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Listen to "#29 - How Political Polarization Affects Our Personal and Professional Lives" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Alison Goldsworthy, Laura Osborne, and Alexandra Chesterfield—the authors…

The Challenge of Working Remotely That’s Gone Most Unappreciated

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To see so many businesses finally catch up to the technological reality—that many jobs can be remote—can feel like a wonderful side effect of the pandemic lockdown. The option to work remotely is wonderful and worth fighting for. It’s…

Remote Work and the Strategic Advantage of Culture

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q22cclehDjY In this virtual event, hosted by the New York Fed in July, Alison Taylor joined other panelists to discuss, among other things, how norms are transmitted in various work environments, and the…

Companies Should Measure Their Levels of Workplace Bullshit

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People’s propensity to bullshit increases when the social expectations of having an opinion are high, the audience is unknowledgeable, and the speakers expect to get away with it. Like cheating in school, bullshitting is a way for people…

Getting Interrupted by Your Coworkers Is Good, Actually

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Providing employees greater autonomy in when and where they work helps enhance the positive effects of interruptions. No doubt it’s happened to you, in your dynamic work environment. You’re in the middle of some task at work, focused.…

How to Have Better Conversations About Ethics in Business

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The first step is to make conversations about ethics in business safe, interesting, and normal. It is often difficult, many people would agree, to talk about ethics in business. But why? It’s not because people don’t know what ethics…