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Not Going Into the Office is the New Going Into the Office…And More News From This Week

Week in ReviewWhile you were busy updating your Amazon.com wish list, confirming what you already suspected about your favorite 2 a.m. dining facility, or in no way whatsoever exploiting your reunion with a long-lost family member,  here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…

  • Motivating Losers Starts with Perks (And Also Not Calling Them “Losers”) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that giving perks to departmental losers makes them better employees, according to Post-Gazette writer Ann Belser. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • Program Helps Transgender Workers Work Their Transferrable Skills In hopes to garner support for a new equal rights bill that highlights gender identity and gender expression in Massachusetts, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group will start offering “Back to Work” seminars geared toward transgender workers. (Boston Herald)
  • If There’s One Thing Younger Workers Love, It’s Not Going Into Work More younger workers are looking for employment with companies that offer work-at-home and telecommuting options for employees, according to CNN. (CNN)  
  • The Only Time It’s Ever Maybe Okay to Go Pantsless to an Interview Virtual interviewing – via Skype and other means – is one of the many ways in which recruiting is going high-tech, according to an ABC News article, along with mobile text alerts and video resumes. (ABC News)   
  • Google Won’t Stop Until Everyone in the World is Working for Them In its ongoing attempt to take over the world maintain its competitive edge in the marketplace, Google announced this week that it planned to ramp up its hiring in 2011. (USA Today)
  • Mass Layoffs Increasingly a Distant Memory According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many of the companies plagued by mass layoffs in 2009 and 2010 now expect to recall workers. (The Fiscal Times)  
  • Behind Every Great Female CEO is a Great Sponsor.  According to a new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, the reason women hold just 3% of Fortune 500 CEO seats is a lack of sponsorship – that is, the backing necessary “to inspire, propel, and protect themselves on their journey through upper management.” Hey, let’s change that, shall we?  (Harvard Business Review) And finally…
  • A Messy Workplace Situation Just Got a Whole Lot Messier The aftermath over Juan Williams’ dismissal at NPR and consequential resignation of SVP Ellen Weiss continues, with questions looming over the circumstances – and necessity – of Weiss’ departure, as well as her boss’ management decisions. (Washington Post)
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Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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