Monthly Archives: November 2017

Rick Raimondi
Rick Raimondi
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The Flextime Paradox

Workers underestimate the benefits of a flexible schedule Workplace flexibility has obvious appeal as an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5 day.  Arrangements such as telecommuting and flexible working hours have been around for a while, with nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce doing some work from home.  But how much do employees value this flexibility? And how good are they at assessing the factors that contribute to their own happiness?  The answers are not what you may think.  Results reported in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, clearly indicate that, whatever people might say about their desire for greater scheduling choice, most employees aren’t willing to give up much pay to get it. Does this mean that most job seekers don’t value flextime?  If we assume that people have a good sense of what makes them happy, that is the survey’s main takeaway.  Moreover, for..

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Rick Raimondi
Rick Raimondi
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GOODBYE “CULTURE-FIT,” HELLO “VALUES-FIT”

  With Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking to build their HQ2, there’s been a lot of discussion regarding the challenge of maintaining a corporate culture when you have two headquarters. Which, in turn, brings up a bigger issue: What should everyone focus on in the hiring process to ensure that new hires “fit in” with the corporate culture? While many organizations have been focusing on “Culture-Fit,” I have seen that this is not a good idea. As the US workforce has become increasingly internationalized, “Culture-Fit” has become associated with “culture bias”—where candidates with similar backgrounds, opinions, communication styles, ethnicity and lifestyles are hired. However, what actually makes companies work is to instill a set of common values or principles. Which is why growing companies are now focusing on “Values-Fit,” hiring candidates who share the organization’s core values regardless of their opinions, ethnicity, etc. Quite often these core values are..

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