In spite of many employers’ well-intentioned attempts at communication, many employees dread the selection period. (Photo: Getty)

Six years ago today, it was late evening and I was trying to go to sleep.

A few hours earlier, I had completed a 23-mile bike ride with my middle son, Ben, breathing hard to keep up with him as we hammered down Denver’s South Platte River bike path to the southern suburbs, then back to downtown. I was surprised I was having troubles, because I thought I was fairly fit.

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