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What Is the Key to Job Satisfaction? And Other Questions from This Week

week at workThis week, while you were busy asking yourself if anyone can tell you’re faking it...wondering if you can get away with sending your mother a coupon “good for a free hug” this year (again)…or trying to figure out what was so funny at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner…here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

What is the key to job satisfaction? They say money won’t buy you happiness, but try telling that to the majority of employees. In a recent SHRM survey, 60 percent of workers ranked compensation at the top of their list of factors contributing to job satisfaction. (Whoever “they” are must fall into that other 40 percent.) [Employee Benefit News]

How much do we spend on our employees? Companies spent an estimated $2,000 per employee in 2013, an increase from 2012, according to a new survey. (Which is pretty cool, considering they could’ve paid to meet Avril Lavigne for only a fraction of that cost). Despite the increased investment in workforce planning and leadership development, however, turnover was up by 20 percent. [Talent Management]

Why are job candidates such flakes sometimes? The problem could be employers. According to James McCoy, a vice president at Manpower, candidates who fail to show up for interviews or renege on job offers at the last minute are simply following the example human resources or hiring managers who never acknowledge applications. (Oh, snap!) [StarTribune]

Is this meeting a waste of my employees’ time? Considering companies waste more than 300,000 hours on meetings each year, you may want to reconsider the next time you set up that next meeting in Outlook. Business writer Lindsay Lavine provides tips to get those lost hours of productivity back. [Fast Company]

What’s so wrong with saying employees are our most important asset? Nothing, unless it’s a bunch of bull. And, unfortunately, that seems to be the case for most companies, according to business writer Geoffrey James. Unfortunately, that’s just one of the four common “pleasant myths” companies perpetuate. [Inc.]

What benefit would my employees take a pay cut for? According to a new survey, the majority of workers would be willing to give up some of their pay for a guaranteed retirement benefit. Perhaps they have their eye on a retirement community in Florida? [Market Watch]

What did we miss? Tell us what questions you’ve been 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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