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Am I a Bad Boss? And Other Questions from This Week

Here's what you may have missed this week at work.This week, while you were busy mulling over the possibility of a plus-size Disney princess,  trying to figure out that strange aftertaste from your Subway sandwich,  asking yourself, “Is Bob Costas winking at me?”, wondering whatever happened to t.A.T.u., and marveling at how slender you feel today…here are some other questions you might’ve found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment new stories:

Is my balance matrix out of whack? There’s a way to find out. According to business coach Lauren Bacon, everyone has a “Balance Matrix,” made up of two parts: an impetus axis and an energy axis. “If you plot the activities that fill your day along these two axes…you’ll discover where your balance is out of whack,” she says. It’s that simple!  [Quartz]

Do I expect too much from my employees? It’s a possibility, says executive coach Mary Jo Asmus, who believes that too many leaders hold their workers to impossibly high standards. The best leaders, she writes, let employees set – and surpass – their own standards of excellence. [Smartblogs]

Do I need to redefine “full-time worker”? Turns out you don’t have to: The government is doing it for you, with two new bills defining what constitutes a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act. TLNT’s Ilyse Wolens Schuman breaks it down. [TLNT]

What type of bad boss am I? Sounds like the least fun Facebook quiz ever, right? According to Time’s Martha White, there are five types of terrible bosses – from the bully to the BFF. Are you one of them?  [TIME]

Why am I so tired? Blame your smartphone. New research suggests that checking into work from your smartphone late into the night makes you tired and unproductive the next day. Do yourself a favor: Play Candy Crush instead. [WSJ]

How do I become a better boss without exerting myself too much? Sure, we could all be great bosses if it was easy and convenient. Oh, wait – it is! Check out the “6 Painless Ways to Become a Better Boss.” [Fast Company]

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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