This 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]
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.