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In Case You Missed It: The Week’s Best Recruitment Stories

Here's what you may have missed this week at work.This week, while you were busy nursing a hangover, making New Year’s resolutions, freaking out over your new car, considering a run for office, and drinking your 365th grandé vanilla latté…here’s what was happening in the world of work, talent management and recruitment:

By the numbers…

15.6 million: Number of jobs expected to be added to the nation’s employment from 2012 to 2022, according to the BLS. Nearly 1 in 3 of those positions are expected to be in health care. [USA Today]

$30 million: Amount of money Chinese tech giant Foxconn plans to invest in hiring more than 500 workers for  a factory in Harrisburg, Pa. The announcement is just the latest indication that domestic manufacturing jobs are making a comeback. [MACLEANS]

24: Percentage of companies that are concerned about the coming “retirement surge” of older employees leaving, fearing that they will be unable to fill key positions left behind, according to survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The survey also found 20 percent of companies say that as many as 50 percent of workers are age 55 and older. [PlanAdvisor]

5 to 10%: Increase in productivity companies have seen using wearable technology devices from Theatro to track staff performance and improve customer service, according to Theatro. The tech company is just one of many popping up to provide companies with employee tracking technology. [FastCompany]

Three: The number of U.S. states that now let employees  take several weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, adopted or foster child, or to care for a seriously ill relative. Rhode Island recently joined California and New Jersey as the only states to offer workers family leave that is paid not by taxpayers or employers but, like Social Security, out of a pool of employee paycheck contributions. [Washington Post]

And around the HR blogosphere:

Why Myers-Briggs Tests Are a Bad Idea: While employers might love putting potential employees to the personality test, the company behind one of the most famous personality type tests, Myers-Briggs, says companies are using it wrong. Very wrong.

Four Keys to a Feedback-Based Culture: Feedback is crucial to helping employees find fulfillment in their job and produce better work, writes HBR’s Ed Batista. Therefore, the best companies often have feedback engrained in the culture – and consist of four key elements.

The Common Denominator or Successful Businesses: All great businesses have one thing in common, according Amber Naslund: an “adaptive culture.” She outlines seven key traits of adaptive cultures and what it takes to build these traits into your own company.

Make Hiring Easier by Getting Rid of Unneeded Filters: Hiring is hard enough as it is, but it’s possible that employers are adding to the difficulty by putting too many filters in place.’s Bill Marriott narrows it down to the essentials.

Four Ways to Make Your Employees Love Working for You: They say love don’t come easy, but Inc. writer Rachel Monroe’s four-step strategy for keeping employees happy is surprisingly simple.

Three Things a Great Leader Would Never Say: Sometimes less is more, and sometimes nothing at all is even better. Predictable Success author Les McKeown reflects on three sentences all leaders should avoid.

What did we miss? Let us know what stood out to you this week in the comments below.

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

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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