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Bring staff together with ‘random’ lunch dates

A lunch is a great way for employees to meet.

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Bring your staff together through "lunch roulette," consultant Sylvia Ann Hewlett suggests. She cites the U.S. arm of pharmaceuticals manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim, which devised a Web application that randomly pairs staff for lunches. Employees enter the days they're free, click the Match Me button, and the metaphorical roulette wheel sets up a lunch date with a co-worker they may not have met. HBR Blogs

Faking anger not always wise: study

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Research has found that eruptions of real anger in negotiations can induce co-operative behaviour between the parties. But a new study by Stéphane Cote of the Rotman School of Management and two colleagues found that when participants in two experiments faked anger, trust was reduced and counterparts became more intransigent, making greater demands, rather than being conciliatory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Not using You're lying

Many human resource professionals complain that is a waste of time, and HR blogger Laurie Ruettimann acknowledges that it is "not the most sophisticated form of recruiting." But she says that if hiring managers say they do not use the free online job site as a recruiting tool these days, they are either "liars or morons." The Cynical Girl

Have an interview? Skip the ski jacket

For a job interview in bad weather, HR consultant Alison Green recommends a dress coat, not a puffy ski jacket, and carrying a tote bag large enough to stuff your boots into when you switch to dress shoes for the interview session.

Free app organizes tasks for group work

Tech writer Steve Dotto recommends Asana for collaborative task management. Free for up to 30 users, you can use it to co-ordinate tasks, and also count on it to siphon out your own task responsibilities to your personal task list.

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