The Week That Was

Who am I kidding? You know the drill: These were the top five stories from for the week of Oct. 8.

1. How Different Personality Types Play to Social Media: Introverts and extroverts treat social media differently, according to a recent study. These differences are worth considering when designing HR programs through the medium, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

2. Amid Falling Employee Engagement, New Approaches Emerge: Pay increases remain the most prominent engagement tool, but potential employee turnover and lingering economic uncertainty call for better communication and targeted rewards, a new survey finds. Talent Management editor Mike Prokopeak has more.

3. Are You an Inspirational Leader?: Fabulous teams don’t build themselves. But with five steps the right leader can inspire a team and create results organizations can be proud of in just 100 days, writes Jayme A. Check, co-founder and managing partner at the executive on-boarding group PrimeGenesis.

4. Gone With The Wind: The Road to Advanced HR: Are you tacking with or against the wind of advanced HR? Talent Management columnist John Boudreau explains.

5. Technology’s Positive and Negative Effects on Behavior: Technology can be a tale of two heads, writes blogger Aubrey Daniels. One where positive reinforcement increases behavior and the other where the lack of reinforcement decreases desired behavior.

In Other News …

More people over the age of 65 are still working, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.

U.S. labor market participation rates have been running at 30-year lows, the Journal said, citing U.S. government data. But for one group — those aged 65 and over — participation in the labor force continues to rise.

The Journal report said:

“In September, the number of those 65 and over who were employed was up 21 percent from the same month in 2008, while broad workforce employment was down almost 1.4 percent. The size of the retirement-age labor force has also increased 23 percent during the past four years, while the broader labor force is up less than 0.4 percent. The group’s average labor participation rate this year is on track to increase 0.55 percentage point compared with 2011 and 1.35 percentage points from 2010 (unadjusted), while the broader participation rate is heading for 0.40 percentage point and one percentage point drops compared with those respective periods.”

There are a number of reasons for this development, according to the Journal. A combination of not saving for retirement, a morbid performance by the stock market during the recession, a tough economy and very little return on investments in the safest assets are all factors, the Journal said.

Also from The Wall Street Journal, more executive recruiting is moving in-house. Click here to read more.