Author Archives: Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

The Power of Respect to Boost Employee Productivity

Does productivity increase when employees feel respected? An unintentional finding in the classic Hawthorne experiments points to yes. In the late 1920s/early 1930s, engineers at Western Electric tested their theory that better lighting would improve productivity of factory workers. To […]

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Internal Magazines Can Make Heroes of Employees — And Promote the Culture You Want

Employees, like everyone else, enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. Internal magazines focused on culture, vision and values can feature employees in meaningful ways, through interviews, feature articles, Q & A columns, roundtables and employee spotlights. For instance, in an […]

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Is email the real time waster? Or is it just poor email practices?

Employees spend 28 percent of their time managing email, according to McKinsey. If we consider email just another channel, like the phone and the intranet, then email is one of the ways people get work done. Yet in Tribe’s research […]

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Increase Collaboration By Raising Awareness of Siloed Expertise

Employees say they’d be more likely to collaborate if they knew about the expertise in other silos. In Tribe’s recent national research with employees of companies with workforces of 5,000 and more, many respondents reported that they have low awareness […]

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Employees Don’t Know Who To Contact In Other Silos

One significant hurdle to collaboration across divisions or departments is that employees don’t know much about the other silos. In Tribe’s recent national study with employees of large companies, respondents said it’s not easy just getting past the first step […]

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Silos White Paper Insight: Face-to-face remains critical to collaboration

All the technology in the world can’t replace the power of meeting face-to-face. In Tribe’s current research on collaboration across silos with employees of large companies, respondents said it’s easier to collaborate once you’ve established some sort of human connection, […]

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Observing country-specific holidays in global companies

Employees of global companies, and those with global clients, find themselves learning of all sorts of holidays they didn’t know existed. On Labor Day, of course, Americans will be out of the office, enjoying backyard barbecues or maybe just a […]

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Liberia: Where Company Values Slam Up Against Tough Decisions

When Tribe works with clients to define their company values, we sometimes challenge them to eliminate all but those they’d adhere to no matter what —  even under the most stressful of circumstances. Would that value stick even when it […]

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Email Overload is the Enemy of Innovation

If employees spent less time on email, would they come up with more innovations? Recent research suggests they just might. Employees everywhere complain of email overload.  Some people even dread vacation because they return to hundreds of waiting emails. Or […]

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The Silent Silo: Top Corporate Management vs Everybody Else

If you asked employees to list the most common silos in your company, would you expect them to mention executive leadership vs. employees? In Tribe’s recent survey with employees of large companies, this silo was the fourth most frequently selected option, […]

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