Unemployed are finding jobs faster, data indicate | Why the CIA is so good at retaining talent | Gifts, not cash, may be greatest motivator
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March 5, 2013
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Unemployed are finding jobs faster, data indicate
The median length of time for job searches was 16 weeks in January, compared with a peak of 25 weeks in June 2010, according to Labor Department data. Demand for recruiters and staffing agencies is expected to increase as the labor market tightens, BMO Capital Markets analyst Jeffrey Silber says. Bloomberg (3/3)
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Recruiting & Retention
Why the CIA is so good at retaining talent
The CIA has great retention numbers despite the stress and danger that many of its employees experience, J.C. Carleson writes. Part of the reason is that CIA officers frequently change assignments, and new hires are allowed to take on challenging projects right away. "High performers hate stagnant environments," Carleson writes. Fast Company online (3/1)
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Execs reveal their favorite interview questions
The CEOs of Shake Shack, Hootsuite and Bullhorn are among the executives who discuss their favorite interview questions in this article. Ilya Pozin, founder of Ciplex, recommends asking "If you got hired, loved everything about this job, and are paid the salary you asked for, what kind of offer from another company would you consider?" Inc. online (free registration) (3/4)
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Benefits & Compensation
Gifts, not cash, may be greatest motivator
Gifts can be more effective than cash at motivating employees because workers are more conscious of the thought and effort behind a gift, Ray Fisman writes. A study by a German university found that participants who received a gift-wrapped water bottle were more efficient at performing a task than were participants who received a cash incentive. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (3/4)
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Study reveals factors of a successful wellness program
A study conducted by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable analyzed the wellness programs of eight businesses and determined the different factors that contributed to their success –- careful planning, progress measurement and respect for the company's culture. The study also showed that a well-executed wellness program can effectively save $7 for every dollar invested. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/3)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
Firing leads to lawsuit against Yahoo
Interclick founder Michael Katz has sued Yahoo, alleging breach of contract because he was fired weeks before he was supposed to receive a bonus. Katz retained a leadership role at Interclick after it was purchased by Yahoo in 2011. Reuters (3/4)
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The HR Leader
Leaders should serve themselves some humble pie
The best leaders tend also to be the most humble, John Baldoni says in this video. Business schools might not teach humility, but bosses who can check their egos at the door are more likely to command respect and loyalty. "Leaders who value humility are the ones other people want to follow," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/1)
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Workplace Chatter
Optimists are proven wrong in the end, researchers say
Optimists tend to die before pessimists, research suggests. That might be because people who are more pessimistic are more likely to take precautions and avoid unnecessary risks, experts say. "[B]eing overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade," lead researcher Frieder Lang said in the journal Psychology and Aging. SmithsonianMag.com/Smart News blog (2/28)
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Editor's Note
Help SmartBrief cover SXSW Interactive!
SmartBrief will cover the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, from March 8 to 12, and we need your help! SXSW has way too many must-see events for our staff to cover, so we're turning to our readers to help document the best panels as blog contributors. If you're headed to Austin and want to contribute to SmartBrief's blogs on Social Media, Leadership, Finance, Food and Beverage or Education, check out our guest-post guidelines and send a note to Jesse Stanchak.
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Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
-- Alexander Graham Bell,
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