“There are good reasons for why people do it, and yet we don’t realize that it’s costly,” said Gino, who conducted fieldwork and case studies of maverick restaurants, investment firms, and manufacturers around the world that embrace what she calls “constructive nonconformity.”While most businesses say they want engaged workers or will hire “new blood” to bring fresh perspectives, few give more than lip service to the importance of creativity and fresh ideas. Leaders worry that if staff freely express themselves or are allowed to handle decisions or situations on their own, quality and other institutional standards may decline or productivity could lapse because workers will prioritize their own needs ahead of the organization’s.“Instead, it’s just the opposite,” said Gino. “When you give people the opportunity to be who they are more often, rather than checking themselves at the door when they come into work in the morning, they actually bring out the best in themselves.”Fighting conformity doesn’t require sweeping changes or moving people into new positions, Gino said.“Small wins are important,” she said. Tweak existing protocols and then test them to see if they deliver positive results. “Often, the best way of driving big changes at the top is to have good evidence that small changes and a different approach toward work can have meaningful impact.”Other helpful interventions include:Hiring for attitude and personal qualities, along with specific skills;Asking employees to identify their strengths and then jointly determining how best to draw upon them;Encouraging lively debate and challenges to assumptions without combativeness;Modeling unconventional behavior that defies staff expectations;Creating an atmosphere of collaboration, not competition;Finding opportunities to let employees problem-solve and show their personalities.There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, Gino says, but every industry and company can find ways to benefit from being flexible and nonconformist. The most successful organizations try to strike a thoughtful balance between freedom and structure, and executives or managers have clearly defined what’s fair game to tweak and what’s not.Urging employees to be more authentic doesn’t mean lowering expectations, eliminating rules, or letting workers show up to the office in pajamas, she cautioned.“You want people to be good in executing, but you also want people who … don’t take procedures and traditions for granted, but ask, ‘What if they were to be different?’ Because that’s what leads to innovation, and that is also what leads you to stay engaged,” Gino said. For those lucky enough to find a career doing what they love, work is a daily joy that challenges the mind and stokes the flames of passion. But for too many, work can feel like a transactional necessity, a soul-crushing exchange of time, effort, and freedom for a paycheck.According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, 68 percent of employees said they didn’t feel engaged at work, a figure that’s held steady for well over a decade. But typically, when people join an organization, they’re excited and eager to dive in. So what grinds the honeymoon down and turns it into an ordeal?“I hear a lot of people saying, as soon as they get in, they feel the pressure to conform” to company culture and norms, said Francesca Gino, a Harvard Business School professor who studies workplace behavior and wondered why employees became disenchanted with work.To conform, many employees deliberately or unconsciously express emotions, offer opinions, or agree with ideas that appear popular, even if they’re not accurate reflections of their true selves. Or they may go along with prevailing notions and standards without questioning the status quo to seem like agreeable “team players.”In the short term, fitting can seem appropriate, easing what can be an unnerving transition into a new environment. But Gino’s research suggests that tamping down individuality triggers feelings of inauthenticity. Over time, that can create anxiety that leaves people unenthusiastic and uncommitted to their jobs.Ultimately, that can prove detrimental to employees and employers alike. Disengaged workers experience higher levels of boredom and stress, which can lead to burnout and greater staff turnover. Job performance also tends to suffer. Productivity, innovation, and creative thinking decline as complacency sets in and commitment to the company wanes, a distinct business disadvantage. “I generally come in at least 15 minutes late … After that, I sort of space out for an hour. I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about 15 minutes of real, actual, work.” — Peter Gibbons, “Office Space” (1999) Go ahead, be sarcastic Related Research uncovers creative benefits — yes, benefits — in using sarcasm when people trust each other
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Two people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident in Franklin County.Around 1:30 on Thursday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident on Oxford Pike at its intersection with Springfield Road.According to Police, Victoria Brown, 21, of Brookville was traveling north on Springfield Road and failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Lori K. Miller of Oxford, Ohio.Both vehicles came to rest in a field north of the roadway.Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
PC: Yahoo SportsAdvertisement bko8iNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb3hujWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4b5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8vv5f8Would you ever consider trying this?😱beeCan your students do this? 🌚9kw9Roller skating! Powered by Firework We all know that the United States is crazy for sports, but one of the most action-packed and high-octane sports, mixed martial arts, was undoubtedly very eager to get underway. On March 7, we saw the last pay-per-view event from the UFC, with Israel Adesanya besting Yoel Romero by unanimous decision at UFC 248.Advertisement On May 9, the UFC roared back into action with another top-class pay-per-view event, UFC 249, with the Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje headliner followed by a UFC Fight Night and UFC on ESPN. While there’s another UFC Night on the schedule first, the next big PPV is UFC 250, which already boasts a mighty co-headliner.The return of the UFC.Advertisement PC: Yahoo SportsSince starting up again on May 9, the UFC has made the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida its home. Of course, the promotion’s real home is Las Vegas, Nevada, but for the time being, Jacksonville has been able to offer their major events a grand stage to beam around the world.Advertisement With the empty arena, the mixed martial arts bouts are a little different to experience, without any cheers following a big strike or when the legendary announcer, Bruce Buffer, calls a decision. Fighters do say that they miss their fans and the crowd. Still, many have given some alternate positive feedback, particularly due to the serene atmosphere around the octagon in the most recent events.Greg Hardy, the heavyweight who trumped Yorgan de Castro on points at UFC 249, was very open about the benefits that he gained in his fight. In the post-fight interview, he likened the experience to having 77 coaches, being able to hear the advice of the co-commentator – former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier – and using it to overcome the tough early stages. As a spectator, it’s also strangely enjoyable to be able to hear the coaches and connections with more clarity.UFC 250 is already shaping up to be a colossal eventDuring the UFC 249 undercard, a huge clash was announced for UFC 250, with two-division champion Amanda Nunes returning to featherweight to defend against upstart Canadian Felicia Spencer. The title bout marks Nunes’ first defense at featherweight since claiming the strap from Cris Cyborg in what was a 51-second walkover.The fiery Brazilian has handily defeated everyone put in front of her. Nunes’ ongoing ten-bout winning streak includes every single female UFC champion at bantamweight and featherweight ever. Cris Cyborg, Germaine de Randamie, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Ronda Rousey have all fallen to her tremendous fighting skill.Nunes coming to an event makes it must-watch television for fight fans. She is phenomenal and easily the best female fighter the UFC has ever seen. However, one of the things that makes MMA so exciting is that just about anything can happen – which is why it had caught on so quickly in India, with people all over the country wanting to find out how and where to back the favorite. Even though the experts are seeing Nunes as the heavy favorite, many fans are backing Spencer at those experts’ longer odds as, after all, she certainly isn’t a pushover.Photo Credits: Yahoo SportsQuite evenly matched in terms of stature, Nunes has become infamous for her venomous striking. Spencer comes in as a fighter who knows how to throw her body, and opponents’ bodies, around and how to suffocate their game plans. Yet to be knocked out, Spencer’s only career loss came via decision to Cris Cyborg. While Nunes did obliterate Cyborg six months earlier, Spencer will have learned a lot from that grueling three-round battle.Spencer is coming in with an 8-1 record to try to upset the odds made by the experts who see Nunes as a clear-cut winner. Based on what she’s shown so far, if the Canadian can get in close and smother the champion, there’s a chance that she could turn the UFC on its head. That’s why the match is so big, and yet, the title bout isn’t put down as the sole headliner.As it stands, Nunes vs. Spencer will follow Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo (middleweight); Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert (middleweight); Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga (flyweight); and Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark (light-heavyweight). The headliner, or co-headliner, as well as the venue, were still in the works at the time of writing. Still, names like Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway, Kamaru Usman, and Jorge Masvidal have all been thrown around as potential fighters for the top of the card.With Nunes vs. Spencer, UFC 250 will only continue the promotion’s comeback momentum with another top-class sporting event. Better still, there may yet be another great bout on the bill. Advertisement
OTTAWA — The federal government can award a contract to design a $60-billion fleet of new warships after a trade tribunal reversed an earlier order not to finish the deal.The Canadian International Trade Tribunal ordered the government last month to postpone awarding the high-stakes design contract until it had a chance to determine whether the deal was kosher.But the tribunal rescinded its own order Monday after the federal procurement official responsible for the project wrote to say the deal is “urgent” and any delay would be “contrary to the public interest.”The decision paves the way for the government to sign a deal with U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin, whose warship design beat out two others following a long and arguably controversial competition.Alion Science and Technology of Virginia has alleged that Lockheed’s design, which is based on a new British frigate called the Type 26, did not meet the government’s requirements.The tribunal’s initial order not to award a contract to Lockheed came after Alion asked it and the Federal Court to determine whether the Type 26 should have been eliminated from the design competition.The Canadian Press
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 22, 2018 – Plantation, FL – Four winners have been selected from the recent “Say Yes” Marriage Proposal contest, which ended December 15, 2017 and was organized by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposals of New York. More than 300 grooms from throughout the United States of America submitted entries into the six weeks social media contest, with hopes of winning a surprise marriage proposal and four days three nights stay at any of four islands in The Bahamas: Abaco, Exuma, Nassau or Paradise Island. The winners, who were selected from a panel of qualified judges, have been notified but will be named after their proposal on February 14, 2018.The marriage proposals are expected to take place January 18-21, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Resort at Baha Mar in Nassau, January 20-23, the Warwick Hotel on Paradise Island January 23-26, Lumina Resort in Exuma and at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge in Abaco, January 26-30, 2018.According to Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOTA, “The Bahamas are known the world over for its romance, tranquility and unspoiled beauty and we are just eager to share our unique product with these incredible winners. All of them can expect to experience complete romance bliss, inclusive of luxurious beachfront accommodations, private dinners, indigenous flowers, sparkling champagne toasts, authentic and intimate settings to the personal and memorable romantic proposals that are planned”.“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the BMOTA,” said James Ambler, CEO of Paparazzi Proposal.“We are really excited about showcasing the variety and beauty of the Islands in The Bahamas and the diverse proposals the couples will experience. It has been fun providing and helping the winners plan their dream marriage proposal, and we cannot wait to capture it on film,” he said.Also partnering with the BMOTA on this initiative is Froggies Out Islands Adventures.Named the World’s Leading Wedding Destination by World Travel Awards in 2015, the Islands of The Bahamas also held previously, three world wide wedding promotions, called “16 Islands, 16 Weddings One Priceless Day Ceremonies” for couples in Europe, the USA and Canada in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.Release: Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 24, 2018 – Providenciales – Premier Robinson wishes to inform the residents of South Caicos that as Premier and Minister with responsibility for District Administration, she is aware of First Caribbean International Bank’s decision to cease weekly banking services to customers on South Caicos with immediate effect.Premier Robinson, “We are aware of the announcement made overseas of the Bank’s intention to withdraw its weekly services in South Caicos. We regret this decision and have written to them asking for a reconsideration of this position and have suggested an alternative to the provision of services under another arrangement. We are awaiting their response and we will communicate this as soon as we are in receipt of a response. This challenge has presented itself before many years ago and I invite residents to allow us the opportunity to make representations on the community’s behalf. We are aware of the challenges that arise from this decision and have outlined them in detail to the Bank citing the risk to business owners, the extreme inconvenience and difficulty that persons who receive welfare or social services checks will now face, and the difficulty overall for public officers and customers generally who have been the beneficiaries of these services since Barclays Bank came to our shores. We hope to reach a quick resolution. ”Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has intensified its anti-larvae drive during the monsoon.Monsoon serves as the ideal breeding time for the mosquitoes. It takes only seven days for the mosquitoes to become adults from eggs. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the civic bodies throughout the state to conduct anti-larvae drives seriously.There are 41 wards under the jurisdiction of BMC, among which 27 are situated in Rajarhat, while the remaining 14 are in Salt Lake. Senior BMC officials, including Commissioner Pritha Sarkar held meetings with mayor Sabyasachi Dutta and Pranay Roy, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) to prepare a foolproof plan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTeams have been formed that visit the houses to ensure that garbage have been cleaned regularly, drains are not clogged and empty plastic cups and bottles do not lay strewn across the open space.The team contacts senior officials when they find any resident suffering from fever.Everyday reports are prepared and send to the headquarters. Intense drives like fogging are done in the area, where residents are found to be suffering from fever. Dr Kushum Adhikary said 16 NS (+) cases had been detected in areas under BMC from January to July. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBMC has released 1.6 lakh Gappi fishes in the canals and drains as a part of the anti-larvae drive in collaboration with the state Fisheries department. Special drives have been conducted to clear the drains that have been clogged particularly in Rajarhat.BMC has opened three centres at Narayanpur, Deshbandhu Hospital and Bidhannagar Matri Sadan where examination of blood is done free of cost.Pranay Roy, MIC (health), said massive awareness drives have been launched since January. Billboards to create awareness about the do’s and don’t’s have been put up at important road intersections.He said to conduct the anti-larvae drives successful cooperation between BMC and people is required.
Register Now » 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 21, 2010 This story appears in the January 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When I started Human Business Works, there was never a question that it would be a virtual business. The name of the game is staying in contact with my team and working with deliverables in mind–not proximity.Making it work requires a comprehensive set of useful tools. Here’s what we’ve come up with as staples in running our virtual business.CommunicationGoogle Apps. We use a hosted Google Apps solution for e-mail. It’s been simple to manage, flawless in its operation and easy for new employees or contractors to adopt. We also use the calendar application.Skype. We use Skype for a de facto office phone. It’s free and allows one to work hands-free while collaborating. I use Skype Credit to dial out to numbers in the traditional telephone network. It’s much less expensive than using an office phone.Adium and Trillian. Instant messaging comes in lots of flavors. I chose an app that lets me use whatever system the other party chooses while keeping my interface the same. Whether using Adium for the Mac or Trillian for the PC, if you have a fast-paced collaboration project on the go, this is a huge help.Yammer. My other company, New Marketing Labs, uses Yammer as an internal version of Twitter. At HBW, we just use Twitter if the missive is something of the 140-character set. (We do use cell phones, too, but sparingly).CollaborationGoogle Docs. We didn’t bother buying office software. Google Docs works well for sharing information back and forth. I’m writing my next book with Julien Smith, my collaborator on Trust Agents, in Docs, and I also do financial projects with my COO, Rob Hatch, with Google’s spreadsheet app. If you need an offline solution, OpenOffice has come a long way and works just as well.Linoit. This is a virtual cork board where your team can put up sticky notes. Since we’re a smaller company, I don’t need to know every line item in a Gantt chart. Notes in various colors help us stay on the same page.GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. These guys are clients of my marketing company, so it makes sense that I should be a customer of theirs for my small business. I’m enjoying the use of these tools when sharing something that requires eyes on the same document or design.Evernote. We use Evernote for note-taking, each with our own account. (Dear Evernote, I’d love a group app, please).Dropbox. We pass files through Dropbox, which gives as much as 2GB of free storage.At HBW, we went with a virtual office because it costs less, it keeps people closer to home and these tools ease any concerns on collaboration. Sure, we meet face to face at times, but that’s the exception. I’d rather my team be more productive and have more family time than desk time.