February 13, 2013
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  • U.S. job openings were down in December
    The number of U.S. job openings in December dropped from the previous month, a downturn that may have been due to year-end anxieties centered on uncertainties about the "fiscal cliff." "We're still going to see that relatively modest pace of advancement in the first part of 2013 as businesses wait to see how the adjustments with payroll taxes and spending cuts affect the economy," said Russell Price of Ameriprise Financial. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to tell if a star employee is job hunting
    If a star employee suddenly stops bringing up complaints or asking about compensation, it could mean he or she has mentally checked out and is seeking employment elsewhere, Liz Ryan writes. Another bad sign is if a top performer shows a sudden interest in statistics that could be used to quantify performance on a résumé, such as revenue associated with a specific product. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Management Blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How firms use social media to enhance recruiting
    Companies such as UPS, Sodexo and Taco Bell are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to help their recruiting efforts. About three-quarters of employers responding to a Jobvite survey said they made hires through social media in 2011, so firms can't afford not to have an HR presence on social networks, writes Jason Ginsburg. "Clearly, if your company isn't on these social networks, you're missing out on a large pool of passive candidates," Ginsburg writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Why retirement saving has become increasingly automated
    Employer-sponsored 401(k) plans are sometimes touted as a way to put workers in charge of their own retirement funds. But increasingly, workers are automatically enrolled into plans, and their dollars are directed into target-date funds, which contain a mix of investments that are selected for them. Plan administrators say the shift to automatic savings comes, in part, because of new information about investor behavior. "Our view in 1980 was unsophisticated about individual decision-makers," says Stephen Utkus, director of the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Flextime won't necessarily improve worker well-being
    Gallup research suggests that companies that want to enhance workers' well-being should focus on improving engagement, not on offering perks such as flextime and extra vacation days, Claudine Kapel writes. Engaged workers who took less than one week of vacation generally were healthier and happier than disengaged employees who took at least six weeks of vacation, the research found. Canadian HR Reporter (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Chicago police officers seek overtime pay for off-duty e-mails
    About 200 police officers in Chicago have joined a lawsuit arguing that they deserve overtime pay for time spent responding to e-mails while off duty. Employers can avoid similar lawsuits by not issuing smartphones to nonexempt workers and by reminding nonexempt workers that they do not need to respond to e-mails while off duty, Jim Burns writes. Forbes/The Employment Beat blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • Take ownership of your career
    Professionals headed toward becoming great leaders will reach a point in their careers where they adopt an "owner's mindset," writes leadership coach Amy Jen Su. To get closer to this point, take full responsibility for everything that happens to you and start bringing a unique vision and energy to work projects. Start asking yourself, "if I were the partner or appointed lead, what call would I make?" she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • The poetry of plagiarism
    Students who take Kenneth Goldsmith's creative writing class are in for a shock: They're told not to write anything themselves, but instead to steal and plagiarize other people's words. That helps focus their attention on the choices they're making about their models and inspirations, and shows the value of curation as a spur to creativity, Goldsmith explains. "The new creativity is pointing, not making," he argues. The Awl (2/6), FastCoDesign (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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