Sarcasm is not something that’s easily practiced by the uninitiated. Aimed at the wrong target, it can be perceived as derogatory. When used inappropriately, it can be hurtful, create conflict, and mock people. Used in the right way, however, sarcasm can spark creative thinking in yourself and others.
Professionals are often told to foster collaboration and teamwork in the workplace. Both improve productivity and can increase job satisfaction and retention rates - all measures that benefit individual employees and companies. But it’s important to recognise one crucial element that underlies these principles: gratitude. Gratitude is a readiness to show appreciation and kindness. In the workplace, it’s saying thank you when a coworker responds to an email, goes the extra mile, helps you with an assignment, or offers advice.
"I enjoyed your two-hour presentation. It was as exciting as watching paint dry." Did you know that when used in the right way, sarcasm can benefit both the user and those on the receiving end? Research shows that sarcasm can inspire creativity in a work environment, but the key is to use sarcasm in a safe and "constructive" way so it doesn't backfire. Click through our slideshare above to find out more.
Many people would be better off if they did less and reflected more. — Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change Despite making technological advances to speed up our work, we somehow find ourselves working more—not less. The busy lifestyle may deceptively make us feel productive and accomplished.
Companies are now increasingly reliant on a diverse workforce to succeed. Putting together different cultures, identities, work experiences and expertise in a team spells more creative ideas and innovative solutions. But it can also prove to be a challenge. How do we leverage the cross-cultural advantage and foster global teams that work?
Who are the millennials and why are they mocked and scorned? Do they even deserve all the hate they're getting from other generations and fellow millennials? This millennial manual by INSEAD breaks down five truths about the demographic and offers five tips to organisations and managers for enabling this diverse group of individuals to excel and make invaluable contributions at work.