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What the H is a Holacracy? and Other Top Questions from ‘The Week At Work’

This week, while you were busy wondering if you were seeing double, asking yourself if Bono gives good shoulder massages, deciding who you should thank first in your Oscar acceptance speech, or trying to figure out what to get the First Lady for her birthday…here are some other questions you might’ve found yourself asking – brought to you by this week’s top talent management and recruitment new stories:

Is it illegal to ask applicants for their Facebook passwords? It might be, depending on which state you live in. Earlier this week, Oregon joined 11 other states in banning employers from asking potential employees for their Facbook passwords. [USA Today]

Am I doing pay-for-performance all wrong? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. Recent reports from Mercer and Towers Watson indicate that many companies doubt the efficiency of their pay-for-performance programs. Experts say a possible explanation is that managers lack the tools necessary to get more value out of these programs. [Human Resources Executive]

What the H is a Holacracy anyway? Sorry, twerking, but there’s a new Google-worthy term in town: “Holacracy.” Zappos’ announcement earlier this month that it was getting rid of job titles and managers and adopting a Holacracy has everyone weighing in – from the Washington Post to Quartz to our own The Hiring Site. But what exactly is it? [Forbes]

Who made the list of the top five places millennials want to work? According to a recent survey of National Society of High School Scholars members, the top five places millennials want to work are: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, their local hospital, Walt Disney World, Google and Apple. So what do these companies offer that makes them so desirable? [Mashable]

Do narcissists make better employees? People who think a lot of themselves might just be more successful than your average humble Joe, according to a new study. Analysis from 54 prior studies indicates that “self-aggrandizing individuals with a need for impact and power are slightly more likely to become leaders than the general population.” Too much ego, however, can be a bad thing. [WSJ]

Should I be a bigger a***hole with my feedback? Turns out, employees actually want negative feedback. According to a new study published on Harvard Business Review, while many individuals don’t like to give negative feedback, the majority of people want to hear it, believing it improves their job performance better than positive feedback. [HBR]

Do I spend enough time with my interns? This week, Conan O’Brien demonstrated the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for bonding with your interns. (Actually, it was mostly just the “Don’ts.”) [Team Coco]

What questions did you find yourself asking this week? 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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