The Week That Was

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means summer is finally here! Before firing up the grill, be sure to check out these top five stories from for the week of May 21.

1. Tips to Ensure Wellness Boosts Productivity: Employee wellness can have a positive effect on worker confidence and productivity while reducing stress levels — results that could be good for your bottom line. Here’s how to make this happen, writes Glenn Riseley.

2. Virtual Managers Need Four Skills: There are four essential skills managers who work outside of an office must possess to overcome talent management challenges and lead their employees. Michael P. Savitt, communications manager at Avatar HR Solutions, explains.

3. The Four Stages of a Complete Manager: Managers pick up essential skills at each stage of a career, writes Helene G. Lollis, president of Pathbuilders. These characteristics build a well-rounded individual capable of handling any situation and ensuring talent development down the line.

4. Employee Satisfaction Grows With Ongoing Feedback, Rewards: Employee recognition can increase motivation, engagement and productivity. These techniques can help, writes Derek Irvine, vice president of client strategy and consulting for employee recognition provider Globoforce.

5. Five Steps to Workforce Wellness: Health tech provider FitLinxx managed to build an internal culture of wellness that has helped re-energize its workforce. Talent Management editor Mohini Kundu explains.

In Other News

Illinois is on the cusp of joining Maryland as one of the first states to ban employers from requesting social media passwords from current or prospective employees.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “it is now up to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to decide whether to sign into law a bill that protects employees and job seekers from having to provide their social media passwords to current or prospective employers.”

“If the governor signs the legislation,” the Tribune reported, “Illinois will join Maryland in becoming one of the first states to ban current and prospective employers from demanding access to employees’ or job candidates’ social networks. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley this month signed similar legislation into law, which will take effect Oct. 1. Democratic U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate the issue.”

Also, an interesting feature in The Wall Street Journal examines whether or not companies have been using the term “innovation” too frequently.

“Businesses throw around the term to show they’re on the cutting edge of everything from technology and medicine to snacks and cosmetics,” the article said. … “But that doesn’t mean the companies are actually doing any innovating. Instead they are using the word to convey monumental change when the progress they’re describing is quite ordinary.”

To read the full article, click here.