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Bonuses are more effective when awarded to teams instead of individuals, according to new joint findings by the Universities of Leicester, Sydney and Western, Sydney.
The researchers found that group rewards generate more co-operative, better-performing teams and individuals, than individual-based rewards.
Importantly, the best and worst performers both did better work in a group bonus system. Poor performers, who would typically be at risk of being fired under individual reward systems, were found to be "essential to the effective functioning of the group," according to the researchers, who refer to them as 'self-sacrificers.' Why? They're the ones who put aside their own work to help colleagues in need. If they get sacked, the whole group falls apart.
Source/s: Canadian Business, February 2016
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Santa Claus Parade, Toronto.
As with the Nike campaign above and the following words of Petra Moser, assistant professor of economics at Stanford and its Europe Center, is risk, or that fearless culture, the key ingredient that drives US tech giants?
Mosler compares Europe and the US:
Source: A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants, New York Times
"You tend to want to hire people in your own image - people who are strong at what you're strong at, who get you. But when it comes to a number two, that's completely the wrong strategy. Your partner has to believe in the mission and share a set of values but needs a completely different skill set."
- Razor Suleman, Chairman and Chief Evangelist, Achievers
Source: Canadian Business Magazine, April 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Logan Collection, SFMoMa
MBO Partners forecasts that half of the workforce in the United States will consist of freelancers by 2020. That number is far too low, according to John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures. At a Toronto Region Board of Trade event in November, Ruffolo predicted the rising popularity of entrepreneurship and the increasing desire of young workers for control over their careers will result in a revolution in the way companies operate. “In one generation, there will be no employees,” he said. “Everyone is going to be a subcontractor.”
Source: Canadian Business
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Office Tower, Vancouver, BC
Source: Canadian Business, March 2015
"We don't have any employees. Whether it's copywriters or graphic designers, or even finance consultants, everyone is brought in on an as-needed basis. A lot of HR departments operate like that - companies don't need a full-time HR staff, so they have them subcontracted. It's a win-win, because the sub-contractor gets flexibility of not being tied down to one company, and the business doesn't have the overhead and the payroll expenses, and doesn't need the extra space for these people." - Joanna Track, Co-Founder, Good Eggs and Co.
Source: Canadian Business
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB
StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.
Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.