This week, while you were busy taking selfies at your friend’s funeral, crossing your heart and swearing to die that you’re not a robot, releasing a surprise new album and putting far too much thought into your holiday gift-buying…here’s what was happening in the world of work, talent management and recruitment…
By the numbers…
93: Percentage of men’s earnings women aged 25-34 made in 2012, indicating that millennial women are near parity with men for “the first in modern history.” [Pew Research]
10.9 million: Workers who searched for jobs using mobile devices in August 2013 (nearly three times the number as August 2012) – providing employers yet another reason to go mobile in their recruiting efforts. [FastCompany]
12.9%: Average additional earnings women in unions earn over women who aren’t, according to a survey from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. [CBS MoneyWatch]
400%: Average increase in productivity for American workers since 1950, according to a new infographic released by NumberSleuth.org that looks at how Americans work, and the best and worst jobs in the U.S. [NumberSleuth.org]
51: Age of GM’s first ever female CEO, Mary Barra, who has worked at the company since she was 18 years old. Barra will take over as CEO when current CEO Dan Akerson steps down in January. [BusinessInsider]
And around the blogosphere…
Four Signs the Job Market Is Getting Better: Though the most recent jobs report “wasn’t a game changer,” Wall Street Journal’s Ben Casselman gives you four reasons it is good news (and one reason not to pop open the Cristal just yet).
How to Overcome the Six Most Toxic Employee Behaviors: There are three main reasons “toxic” employees keep infecting organizations, according to FastCompany’s Baird Brightman. Understanding what’s holding you back will help you prevent a staff infection.
Five Ways to Weed Out the Wrong Candidates: Like telemarketers and bad hair days, the wrong candidates just seem to find you, no matter what. AjaxUnion CEO Joe Apfelbaum has five tips for screening them out.
How an Improved Economy Will Affect Recruiting in 2014: TLNT’s Ken Sundheim outlines the three biggest challenges recruiters will face in the coming year, along with four ways to overcome them.
Three Steps for Finding Your Next Top Performer: Don’t settle for average: it’s not just the lesson behind every Katherine Heigl rom-com – it’s also valuable advice for employers. Entrepreneur.com’s Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney provide a blueprint for finding that one very special employee.
What did we miss? Let us know what stood out to you this week in the comments below.