While you were busy preparing to hang up your suspenders, claiming you were going to be busy washing your hair that night anyway, or trying to ruin every child’s fun…here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…
- Working in pajamas is preferable to fighting traffic. Employees who telecommute the majority of the workweek have more job satisfaction, a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows. (UWMNews)
- Sometimes the best workplace holiday gifts are the ones not given. Workplace gift-giving can be tricky (and by tricky, I mean ‘awkward and potentially disastrous’). Todayshow.com offers tips for what to get – and what to avoid getting – for that special colleague in your life. (TODAY)
- All Obama wants for Christmas is more jobs. President Barack Obama held a meeting with 20 top CEOs on Wednesday, hoping to encourage them to invest their funds in growth and hiring. (WSJ)
- No more playing fast and loose with the term ‘contract worker’ State and federal agencies are cracking down on companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors. (USAToday)
- Too bad this story is real, and not just another bad sequel to Wall Street. An insider trading probe at Wall Street continues to deepen, with charges now against six people. (NPR)
- Micro-management’ could take on a whole new meaning. More businesses try to do more with less workspace, increasingly taking away corporate office space and closing the walls on corporate workers.(Los Angeles Times)
- American CEOs have been waiting four years to feel this good. A new survey indicates that optimism about the future of sales, investments and hiring among U.S. chief executives is at its highest level since2006. (Bloomberg) And finally…
- Sometimes, trying to save a buck just isn’t worth it. After violating federal labor law by withholding employee raises and benefits, Kaiser Permanente must now pay workers what they are owed. (Sacramento Business Journal)
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