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September 27, 2012
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  • Retailers optimistic about seasonal hiring plans
    Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Kohls say they'll be hiring this holiday season, contributing to what jobs website Snagajob predicts will be the best such season in five years. On average, hiring managers plan to hire 6.1 workers this season, compared to 4.1 during the same period last year, according to a Snagajob survey. Nearly two-thirds of hiring managers say they plan hire some temporary workers. CBS MoneyWatch (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
If people think you have low interpersonal warmth, "you have something like a 1-in-2000 chance to make the top quartile of effectiveness as a leader," according to Kellogg School of Management Professor Loran Nordgren. Read more.
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Would a TV exec buy your recruiting pitch?
    Recruiters can learn valuable lessons from how new TV shows get on the air, Erin Palmer writes. For example, writers often only get 10 minutes to pitch the idea for a show to a producer, which is a lot like "a good job description: dynamic but concise; intriguing but clear; persuasive but direct," she writes. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't starve your employees for feedback
    Feedback is like nourishment for employees -- without it they'll suffer from stunted growth before leaving your company, write Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni, authors of "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go." All feedback should focus on one of three key areas: abilities, blind spots and conditions. "The good, the bad, and the ugly need to be confirmed or dispelled as employees' perspectives are checked against the points of view held by others," they write. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Sears, Darden revamp employee health benefits
    Sears Holdings and Darden Restaurants say they're planning a major overhaul of their employee health benefits in an effort to give workers more control. Under the plans, workers will be given a set amount of money and then allowed to select health coverage and an insurer from an online marketplace. The Wall Street Journal (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to tie compensation to long-term company goals
    Companies shouldn't just focus on performance, but also on whether actions are contributing to the long-term health of an organization, write Toby Gibbs, Suzanne Heywood and Matthew Pettigrew. For example, managers should be compensated and rewarded for eliminating bad organizational habits and held accountable for meeting clearly defined leadership values, they write. McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Costco employees alleging bias win class status
    A federal judge has granted class status to a several hundred women suing Costco Wholesale for gender discrimination. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the judge accepted their argument that gender discrimination at Costco was the result of corporate policies, not the actions of individual managers. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • The biggest mistakes made by freshman bosses
    Mistakes are all too common for new business leaders during their first year, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to avoid micromanaging without seeming detached; deal effectively with subordinates who feel they should have been given the chance to lead; and be open and honest with your family about the pressures you're under. Level Blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • 84-year-old retiree builds replica of 1920s early aircraft
    84-year-old Boeing retiree Ed Kusmirek has built a replica of a 1924 Dormoy Bathtub -– one of the earliest airplanes, which looks closer to a flying go-cart than a modern aircraft. It has an authentic engine that Kusmirek bought in the 1950s. Now he is waiting for Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly it. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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