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What’s a ‘Motivation Profile’? And Other Questions from This Week

week at workThis week, while you were busy wondering what a “conscious uncoupling” is…searching for the truth behind Savannah Guthrie’s wedding…asking yourself how Winnie Cooper stays so fit… questioning whether or not the rumors of a Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys reunion tour were true… here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

Is severance pay taxable? It is now, thanks to a new U.S. Supreme Court decision. Payments to laid off workers are now subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). [Bloomberg]

Should I offer my new hire a signing bonus? It might be worth the investment, according to new research that finds a correlation between signing bonuses and employee performance. (But don’t confuse this with an un-signing bonus.)  [Business News Daily]

What have I accomplished today? Probably not much – at least if you’re anything like the typical CEO, who spends 70 percent of his/her time on “sub-optimal” tasks, according to Bill Trenchard. Here, he shares eight strategies to eliminate wasted time and missed opportunities.  [First Round]

Should we cut back on the cutbacks? Yes, if you want to stop your employees from freaking the f*** out. A new study shows that nearly half of employees are worried about their current finances – thanks in large part to their employers’ recent cost-cutting efforts. [USA Today]

What’s a “motivation profile”? It could be your answer to turnover and low productivity, according to Dr. John Sullivan. A motivation profile, he explains, is a collection of data that can uncover the factors that “excite and motivate” employees. [TLNT]

Does it really matter if my employees like me? It really does. At least according to a new study that links “likability” with success at work. (Time to work on that Smize.) [Wall Street Journal]

WWGD? (What would Google do?) In a recent interview with the New York Times, Google’s senior VP of people operations discussed the five top traits they look for in every potential hire – and the one thing they don’t care about all. [Lifehacker]

What did we miss? Tell us what questions you were asking 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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