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Can I Control My Employees on Social Media? And Other Questions from This Week

Here's what you may have missed this week at work.This week, while you were busy wondering where Brian Williams got his mad rap skills…trying to figure out where you could buy some Girl Scout cookies…deciding between getting takeout or just having your pizza delivered…or asking yourself if you are, in fact, prepared to be amazed …here are some other questions you might’ve found yourself asking – from this week’s top workforce, talent management and recruitment stories:

How much paid time off is too much paid time off? There’s no such thing. At least if you believe some studies, which have shown that offering employees unlimited sick or vacation days improves employee health, social relationships and productivity, and can lower health care costs. [UPI]

Should I admit that I was wrong?  “When you’re a manager, needing to be right all the time is a hugely lousy trait,” write TLNT’s Crystal Spraggins. That’s why it’s important to let your employees be right every once in a while – and tell them as much. [TLNT]

Should I give my retail workers a raise? You probably should if you want to compete with Gap. The retail giant recently announced its plans to raise employees’ pay, believing the investment will give them a competitive edge and lead to a return on business “many times over,” according to the CEO. [Bloomberg]

Why aren’t I get any takers for this job? Could be your job postings – maybe they’re so full of jargon and vague job descriptions, job seekers can’t make sense of them. Or maybe your application process is too long and tedious. Find out more and get tips for attracting better job candidates. [USNews]

Should I trust my interns with actual work? Most definitely, says Fast Company’s Laura Vanderkam, who argues that today’s internship programs are poorly structured and waste both the interns’ and the employer’s time. Thinking of interns as future employers, rather than desk jockeys, can create a mutually beneficial internship program. [Fast Company]

Do I have any control over what my employees say on Facebook?  Not really. Sorry.

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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