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Am I Paying My Employees to Fail? And Other Questions From This Week

This week, while you were busy debating what kind of pie to bake for National Pi Day…wondering if the Fresh Prince could really possible be deadasking your significant other if he or she likes horror movies…here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

Am I paying my employees to fail? Offering the right starting salary can have a major impact on how that employee performs, argues Tess C. Taylor, PHR. Taylor gives five reasons why a higher starting salary is a smarter business move. []

What’s this I hear about treating my employees like adults? A few years ago, Netflix did away with formal vacation, travel and expense policies, opting instead to “treat people like adults” and let them decide on these factors for themselves. Seems to be working for them.[Fast Company]

Why my employees no understand me? Leaders are great at a lot of things (leading, for example), but communication isn’t always one of them. Leadership coach Kristi Hedges gets to the bottom at why leaders are so bad at communicating. [Forbes]

Succession plan? More like a suck-cession plan, am I right?!?! A recent Stanford University survey of 20 company directors found that only about half were “grooming a specific person to be their next CEO,” which does not paint a very positive picture for the state of succession planning among corporations. [Washington Post]

Am I ready for the “21st-century workforce”? Not even a little bit, says a new study. Cheers! [HR Morning]

How can I convince employees to relocate? Convincing a prospective hire to relocate for a job at your company is no easy task – particularly if your headquarters are a little bit off the grid. Luckily, workplace expert Anne Fisher has some advice. [CNNMoney]

Can job seekers tell if I’m lying? They might be now, if they read this article on the eight lies interviewers tell job candidates. (Busted!) [US News]

What should I do if I can’t afford a severance package? As if letting employee go isn’t hard enough. Telling them they won’t get a severance package doesn’t feel too great, either. Here are five alternatives to consider. [Huffington Post]

Why shouldn’t I be nice to my employees? You promised yourself you’d never be the type of boss who throws temper tantrums, throws insults or throws hot coffee….but you also don’t want to be too nice. Author and entrepreneur Dan Pallota explains why. [HBR]

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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