The Week That Was

Labor Day weekend is here! Fire up the grill and get the sunscreen ready — but not before reading these top five stories from for the week of Aug. 27.

1. The Work-Life Balance Myth: The work-life balance discussion seems to be at a fever pitch these days. Here is what Psychology at Work had to say about it last year in a post you may have missed.

2. How to Boost Employee Career Satisfaction: Employees need to be happy in their work. If they don’t feel fulfilled and enjoy some sense of autonomy, absenteeism and other ills will follow. Barb Krantz Taylor, a licensed psychologist and master coach with The Bailey Group in Minneapolis, has more.

3. Avoid These Five Common Talent Acquisition Mistakes: Your career site can be an inviting portal for qualified candidates — or a navigation nightmare. Use these tips to ensure it isn’t the latter, writes Adam Wiedmer, strategic sourcing manager at Seven Step Recruiting, a professional services corporation.

4. Robb Webb: Hyatt Culture Guru: Long employee tenure is common at Hyatt — a testament to the organization’s cultural strength and HR strategies that focus on internal employee development and engagement. Editor Kellye Whitney has more in this month’s Talent Management profile.

5. Let Them Get to Know You: Managers who show employees their individual foibles and faults drive higher engagement and job satisfaction among workers, writes editor Mike Prokopeak.

In Other News …

For some, the work station is the all-important domain for hard, productive work. Many fill out their space with personal trinkets, posters and office gear that helps them stay engaged and feel at home in their office or cubicle. Or so they think.

But does too much desk frazzle actually thwart clear thinking and productivity? Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan, explored in this blog post.

Among the things he mentions that lead to an unproductive desk environment: constant sitting, clock distraction, too many desk toys, and piles upon piles of paper.

Also, have you checked out this month’s special report on HR technology? If you haven’t, don’t worry – you can read it all right here.