The Week That Was

I get it: You’ve been busy this week getting the grill and pool ready for the big Independence Day bash. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to enjoy these top five stories from for the week of June 25.

1. Make Your Leaders Everyday Coaches: Training managers to coach employees has been known to yield greater productivity and performance, yet many organizations lag in this respect. Here are tips to change that, writes Allen Moore, director of executive coaching at PDI Ninth House.

2. Tips to Boost Summer Productivity: Providing employees with low- or no-cost summer benefits can not only boost engagement and morale, but it can also serve as a recruitment hook, writes Talent Management editor Deanna Hartley.

3. Know Your Greatest Asset: The only way for an organization to gain competitive advantage with its talent is to understand it, writes Jason Averbook, CEO of Knowledge Infusion.

4. Don’t Overlook Social Recruiting Tools: Failure to use social networking sites when promoting a job might be akin to bypassing a gold mine, writes Ryan Kohler, CEO of application tracking software provider JobMatch LLC. Here’s why.

5. Four Ways to Use Data From Exit Interviews: Exit interviews don’t just provide a voice for departing or disgruntled workers. They can be productive, writes Talent Management editor Jessica Krinke.

In Other News

Talent Management editors Mike Prokopeak and Frank Kalman spent the first half of the week at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference and expo in Atlanta, where thousands of HR professionals took in a healthy dose of keynotes, breakout sessions and vendor demonstrations.

Notable keynotes at the event came by way of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Yorker staff writer and author Malcolm Gladwell, and Jim Collins, author of a number of popular business books, including his most recent, Great by Choice.

Both Mike and Frank took time throughout the conference to blog about each day, focusing in part on each of the three main keynote addresses.

Blogs covering the three days they attended can be found here, here and here.