This week, while you were busy asking yourself which Google Glass frames would look best on you, speculating whether there will ever be a sequel to Sharknado (spoiler alert: yes!), or wondering what your old pals Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis and Joey Gladstone have been up to lately…here are some other questions you might’ve found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:
Is our hiring process too short? The typical hiring process encourages us to make hasty decisions about long-term commitment, argues management coach Todd Dewett . He offers five “bold” ideas to decrease the risk of making bad hires. [Switch and Shift]
Should I hire someone who’s been out of work? Well, if you definitely shouldn’t count that person out, according to Jody Greenstone Miller. In a recent Wall Street Journal piece, the Business Talent Group CEO discusses why she hires unemployed candidates – and why you should, too. [Wall Street Journal]
Are we holding on to outdated HR practices? If your organization still does forced-ranking, bell-curve performance reviews and other “Mad Men-era HR practices,” Forbes’ Liz Ryan says they need to go. Take a look at her list of the 10 most “offensive, anachronistic” policies HR needs to ditch asap. [Forbes]
Is it possible to be too helpful? “Help done poorly creates dependency,” writes Leadership Freak’s Dan Rockwell. Though leaders should be helpful, they should also know when to give their employees room to grow and work independently. But where do you draw the line? [Leadership Freak]
Do my employees find their jobs meaningless? Above even salary and benefits, the one thing most Americans want from a job is a sense of purpose, writes Wharton School professor Adam Grant. In this Huffington Post piece, he offers tips for enriching the meaningfulness of a job – both yours and your employees.[Huffington Post]
Is cutting spousal benefits the best way to save some money? Hardly. In fact, according to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, not only does dropping health coverage for spouses who already have job-based insurance NOT save firms money, but it may leave them worse off. [NPR]
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