The Week That Was

Take a break from the early July heat and enjoy these top five stories on for the week of July 2.

1. Tips to Extend a Job Offer and Handle Negotiations: Finding the perfect candidate is half the battle. Before a prospective hire signs on the dotted line, managers should avoid overpaying for new talent or losing them because of unsuccessful negotiations, writes Robert Hosking, executive director of staffing services firm OfficeTeam.

2. Managing Difficult People: Half the battle in dealing with tough office personalities is identifying their individual quirks. The rest requires a cool head and a sound, customized strategy, writes Valerie Pelan, president of management consulting firm Integrated Focus.

3. What the Health Care Ruling Means for Talent Management: Industry professionals react to last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which largely upheld the constitutionality of the comprehensive 2010 health care law. Talent Management editor Jeffrey Cattel has the story.

4. Does Happiness Really Drive Results?: Promoting happiness in the workplace is now a scientifically motivated practice that has proven benefits for productivity, profits and people, writes Talent Management blogger Dan Bowling and Shannon Polly of human resources consulting firm Accentuate Consulting.

5. 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.

In Other News

A recent survey found that MBA students are still anxious to join the finance industry, with an increasing amount saying they would be willing to consider jobs at boutique advisory firms and middle market banks.

When asked what type of firm would be their top employment choice, 27 percent of students said large financial institutions, down from 34 percent last year, according to an MBA hiring survey released by Training The Street, which was reported in this article on Fins Finance. The number that would be willing to join smaller and mid-sized firms increased, however.

The survey polled 300 participants from the country’s top 25 MBA programs according to a list compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek.