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Organizational behavior can be a complex subject, and the fruits of research on the topic can range from curious phenomenon like the Hawthorne Effect to abolishing stack ranking (or instituting stack ranking). If you're interested in trying to avoid becoming a pointy-haired boss, you can brush up on some HR experiments and check out these links. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: employment, hawthorne effect, human resources, jobs, management, organizational behavior, performance reviews, salary, stack ranking, work
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    Anon, 9 Oct 2014 @ 7:19am

    Yes and No.

    I've worked for companies where money was a taboo subject. It didn't matter back then, one way or another it was pretty obvious. They published accounting for projects, and hours spent per employee. It wasn't rocket science to back-calculate hourly rates for various salaries, especially when it was mostly engineers. The only purpose was to hide the inequities in the system; particularly the inter-departmental inequity. "You guys in IT aren't engineers, no certification mandatory, so why should you get paid what an engineer does?"

    They embraced the idea of replacing annual reviews with more regular contact - at least the annual review part. Otherwise, they still ignored performance. This lasted about 3 years til that management fad wore off and they realized they needed evaluations to justify non-raises.

    Poliics is politics.

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