This week, while you were battling the Polar Vortex, shoveling snow on your entire block, reliving the Old-‘96er scene from ‘The Great Outdoors,’sacrificing your giant supply of beer for a good cause…here’s what was happening in the world of work, talent management and recruitment:
By the numbers…
238,000: The number of jobs companies added in the U.S. in December, according to the ADP, representing the biggest gain since November 2012. [Bloomberg]
Four: Dollars PepsiCo saved for every dollar spent with its employee wellness program over the last seven years; however, further research indicates that wellness programs benefit employees with chronic illnesses more than employees who are already healthy. [Quartz]
Zero: Truth to the widely held belief that older people who remain on the job past normal retirement age are stealing jobs from younger workers, according to economists. [ABC News]
77: Percentage of men’s median income that women earn; however, a recent study found that the gender pay gap is smaller in industries with more flexible work schedules – such as technology, science and health. [Orlando Sentinel]
None: Correlation between recruiters’ ratings of job candidates Facebook profiles and actual job performance, according to researchers at FSU who studied the effectiveness of using Facebook to judge applicants. [Forbes]
And around the recruiting blogs:
How to Get More Bang for Your HR Tech Buck: For what they spend on recruiting services every year – an estimated $72 billion – employers could buy every franchise in the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. That’s because, according to Matt Charney, “the stakes have never been higher” for finding the right employees. Charney offers tips for investing the right technology for your needs (and budget).
Six Productivity Tips from Jerry Seinfeld: For a guy who wrote a show about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld sure knows how to get sh*t done, as evidenced in a recent “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. Fast Company’s Joshua Rivera picked out six key points Seinfeld made during the discussion about being more productive.
5 Types of Employees You May Want to Fire: Sometimes you want an employee to work out so badly, you subconsciously ignore the trouble signs. FindLaw’s Brett Snider puts a legal perspective on when it’s time to consider throwing in the towel and handing out the pink slip. [Free Enterprise]
The Open Office Trap: Seventy percent of all businesses now have open offices, but are they overrated? The New Yorkers’ Maria Konnikova argues that open offices may actually do more damage than good – compromising workers’ “attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.”
How to Juggle Raises, Bonuses and Incentives with Ease: Small business expert Chris Griffiths shares tips for working raises, bonuses and other benefits into your 2014 budget.
The Simple Rule That Will Make You a Better Recruiter: Brazen Careerist’s Biron Clark shares his “50 percent rule” for building better rapport with candidates and stand out from other recruiters.
What did we miss? Let us know what stood out to you this week in the comments below.