Data from spy badges can boost productivity, companies say | How technology has eroded recruiters' skills | Women process work stress differently than men, research finds
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March 7, 2013
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Data from spy badges can boost productivity, companies say
Equipping workers with badges that track their activity and conversation style helped lead to productivity increases of 10% or more, according to a Bank of America study. The technology appears to be legal but might not be popular with workers. "[D]o you really want your employers following around what you are doing? It's a creepy way to work," says Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute. The Wall Street Journal (3/7)
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Recruiting & Retention
How technology has eroded recruiters' skills
The rise of social media has caused some recruiters to become rusty at crucial skills, writes Raj Sheth, CEO of Recruiterbox. Technology has made it easier for recruiters to locate qualified candidates, but it has made them lazier at digging deeper into candidate pools to find hidden gems. "If something is really precious, it's not coming to you on a silver platter, you have to search," he writes. ERE.net (3/6)
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Why retention is overrated
Conventional wisdom says that worker retention is always good, but this attitude leads to poor workforce planning, John Sumser writes. "The idea that great people should be retained in their jobs for a long time is the exact opposite of growth and innovation. Retention breeds seniority and bureaucracy," he writes. HRExaminer.com (3/6)
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Benefits & Compensation
Women process work stress differently than men, research finds
One-third of workers report chronic stress related to their jobs, and women feel more stress than men, an American Psychological Association study finds. Women have a "tend and befriend" response to stress that causes them to seek comfort from loved ones, while men have "fight or flight" reactions, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (3/4)
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Low-cost benefits to keep your employees happy
Employee benefits can be expensive, but there are many low-cost ways to provide your staff with a few extras, according to this article. You might allow employees to buy excess inventory from your company at a discount, for example, offer free educational lunchtime seminars or negotiate with local businesses to get special deals for your staff. Entrepreneur online (3/5)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
Democrats introduce bill to raise federal minimum wage
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and California Rep. George Miller introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 on Tuesday, a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and tie future increases to inflation. Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III signed on as a sponsor of the bill, which would also raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/5), Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (3/5)
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Featured Press Releases
 
The HR Leader
Have your career strengths become liabilities?
Qualities widely considered unequivocal strengths in the workplace such as creativity and preparation can be debilitating if taken too far, author Jake Breeden says. For instance, a boss who is determined to be fair to everyone might end up rewarding poor performers. Take an online quiz to see if you possess one of these "unexamined virtues." CNNMoney/Fortune (3/6)
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Workplace Chatter
A UFO sighting so fake that it must be real?
Filmmaker Aristomenis "Meni" Tsirbas created a video of a fake flying saucer where all other elements, including the observers and sky, are computer-generated. Conspiracy theorists says Tsirbas' film is a coverup and that the video is actually a true recording of an alien encounter. "I even received a mildly threatening personal e-mail from one of these people," Tsirbas says. Wired.com (3/5)
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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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