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Finally, merit pay for auto workers?

A pay structure that only rewards seniority or job description does not do much to encourage people to work better, smarter and more efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Rather, it rewards people solely for sticking around. And as GM and Chrysler try to get out from under the government's investments, they will need their people--all of their people--to do a lot more than that.

By Jena McGregor | January 14, 2011; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (24)

Jayson Werth: Nats get a taste of managing star power

But unlike the Red Sox or the Yankees, the Nats roster isn't already studded with highly paid, elite free agents. To set the team on a winning spree, Rizzo won't just have to bring on more top talent--though that is a necessity, no matter how great Werth may be, as the pressure to do it all himself is a setup for failure. He'll also have to navigate the egos of the young players already on National Park's field, who'll be making room for Werth's big contract and big status on a team not traditionally home to big stars.

By Jena McGregor | December 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bank brings dress code to a new level with 43-page guide

UBS is sending some of its retail banking staffers a 43-page code that advises them on everything from how much makeup women should wear (a light application of foundation, mascara and "discreet" lipstick "will enhance your personality") to how often men should get their hair cut (every four weeks).

By Jena McGregor | December 15, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (81)

In 'Don't ask' debate, too much asking?

It is the job of leaders, certainly, to debate, probe and not lose their skepticism about critical matters. But the opponents to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" now face an exhaustive amount of evidence that doing so poses little risk to the military. Not to mention it has support from the country's top two defense and military leaders, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. All of which raises an important leadership question: Where's the line between debating and questioning findings on critical matters and ignoring exhaustive research and expertise?

By Jena McGregor | December 2, 2010; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (99)

New survey: Wall Street bonuses will grow again this year

Wall Street bonuses are expected to increase yet again this year, albeit mildly, growing 5 percent, though with some segments, like asset management, seeing increases of up to 15 percent. Cue the gnashing of teeth and angry populace.

By Jena McGregor | November 5, 2010; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (27)

My coworker makes what?! (When knowing more is not a good thing)

One might argue, as HR gurus have, that knowing how you stand among your peers would make you motivated to perform better, in hopes of earning more. But the Berkeley and Princeton researchers argue the opposite.

By Jena McGregor | September 29, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (47)

HP and its CEO woes

After years of management intrigue from outside leaders, whether the overreaching by Carly Fiorina or the expense account imbroglio of recently departed Mark Hurd, the grandfather of Silicon Valley desperately needs one of its own in charge. Not only does the company need to show that it can still produce good leaders; it needs some continuity in its culture, strategy and leadership after too much turmoil at the top.

By Jena McGregor | September 20, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

With Apple TV, Jobs speaks to the masses

If Steve Jobs doesn't create more products that appeal to Apple's tremendous mainstream fan base, the company's breathtaking growth could stall.

By Jena McGregor | September 2, 2010; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (26)

The lessons the government must learn from corporate workplaces

Simply sharing more about your team's status and direction is the best way to make people feel better about their jobs and their future, especially during times of uncertainty.

By Jena McGregor | August 31, 2010; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Beck as leader: Preaching to the choir?

Beck is a reminder that people see what they want to in the people they follow, especially if they already identify with them in ways that may be more powerful than their differences.

By Jena McGregor | August 31, 2010; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (67)

Netflix vacation policy is only the tip of a radical compensation iceberg

Operating under the idea that its engineers and professionals should be treated as adults, Netflix allows salaried employees to take as much vacation as they'd like.

By Jena McGregor | August 26, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

Leadership at the "Ground Zero mosque": A Failure?

If the planned center had a better public relations strategy, better outreach to its Muslim community, and a clearer vision for itself, would we have the same controversy we have today? In other words, would better leadership have made a difference?

By Jena McGregor | August 23, 2010; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (58)

The moral hypocrisy epidemic

Whether it's family values Republicans who have secretive affairs, or do-gooding Democrats who get involved with questionable characters, or CEOs who talk admirably about how much they value their company's people just before taking the ax to 20% of their jobs, nothing frustrates us more than leaders who say one thing, especially if it involves a moral high ground, and then go off and do another. Good leaders run their public and private selves the same way, and know that yes, it does matter how you live.

By Jena McGregor | August 12, 2010; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

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