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Everything We Know About Great Workplaces is Wrong

Ron Friedman Ph.D.

December 23, 2014

"When we think about extraordinary workplaces, we tend to think of the billion dollar companies at the top of Fortune magazine's annual list. We picture a sprawling campus, rich with generous amenities; a utopian destination where success is constant, collaborations are seamless, and employee happiness abounds. But as it turns out, many of the assumptions these images promote mislead us about what it means to create an outstanding workplace. In recent years, scientists in a variety of fields have begun investigating the conditions that allow people to work more successfully. What they've discovered is that in an astonishing number of cases, not only are the factors that contribute to creating a great workplace not obvious—they are surprisingly counterintuitive. Here are five great workplace myths we routinely get wrong."

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