This week, while you were busy making $258 million, crossing multi-vitamin off your grocery shopping list, apologizing for plagiarism with a plagiarized apology, or being named the most fascinating person of 2013, here’s what was happening in the world of work, talent management and recruitment:
By the numbers…
677: CEOs economists at the University of Wisconsin reviewed to find a link between a CEO’s attractiveness and his/her company’s stock returns. The findings suggest that attractive people tend to experience higher levels of financial success. [The New Yorker]
30: Hours straight a copywriter in Indonesia worked before slipping into a coma Sunday and later dying. Shortly before collapsing, 24-year-old Mita Duran sent this now-infamous tweet: “30 hours of working and still going strooong.” [BusinessInsider]
80: Percentage of job seekers who applied to jobs multiple times per week in 2013, according to a recent survey of more than 2,300 unemployed Americans. When asked about their future job search plans, 87 percent of respondents say they will apply more frequently to jobs in 2014. [BenefitsPro]
$500: Amount employees at a Pittsburgh-based manufacturing company will get to spend in a holiday shopping spree as part of their holiday bonus. [TribLIVE]
57: Percentage of Americans who support raising the minimum wage as a way to balance the country’s “out of whack” economic system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. [WashingtonPost]
And around the HR blogosphere:
How to Train Your Brain for Leadership and Better Decision-Making. Is your inability to make good decisions all in your head? FastCompany’s Ethan Hale argues that, contrary to popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. (The dog, in this scenario, being your brain. Obvy.)
Eight Ways to Recuperate from Work Stress During the Holidays. And not one involves sitting on your couch and downing a bottle of malbec while watching a Fashion Police marathon. Fascinating.
15 Communication Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs to Know. Emily Post never covered Skyping, texting or emailing, but Barbara Pachter’s new book, “The Essentials of Business Etiquette” fills in the blanks. Business Insider’s Vivian Giang gives us the run-down.
Six Cheap Ways to Help Employees Escape the Cubicle Crush. As new research emerges suggesting that cubicle-centric offices take a toll on productivity, Entrepreneur’s Debra Kaye offers six tips for creating a more collaborative workspace – that don’t require a major office overhaul.
What did we miss? Let us know what stood out to you this week in the comments below.