The Week That Was

Continue the post-Thanksgiving recovery with these top five stories from for the week of Nov. 26.

1. Dunkin’ Runs on Great Talent: CHRO Ginger Gregory sweetens the role of HR at the iconic brand by ensuring the best team is in place and ready to meet business needs. Talent Management editor Deanna Hartley has more.

2. How to Move Talent in an Unstable Environment: Cutting the excess does not mean cutting talent anymore if talent managers shift their focus to the complete lifecycle of an organization’s strategic agenda, writes Amy J. Friedman, founder, chairman and CEO of Partners in Human Resources International, an organizational and talent consulting firm.

3. Turn Gossip Into a Productivity Booster: Managers should find ways to discourage time-wasting chatter and instead focus on turning productive gossip to the company’s advantage. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has more.

4. Buyers Become Aware: Aimed at giving investors a snapshot of the health of a company’s talent, SHRM’s proposed HR metrics touched off a round of criticism within the HR community. The head of the working group that created them makes the case for their use as both an internal and external tool. Talent Management editor Mike Prokopeak has more in this issue’s Insight.

5. Go Ahead and Ban or Limit Social Media: Just know that you’re missing an opportunity to promote collaboration, connect with customers and improve employee performance, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

In Other News …

We’ve spent a lot of time here at Talent Management discussing the importance of communication in the workplace, including when it comes to communicating with co-workers, customers and, of course, the communication between a leader and his or her team of direct reports.

Forbes earlier this week called out a number of things bosses should never, ever, say to their employees. My personal favorite: “You’re stupid, the worst (expletive) worker ever.”

Hopefully bosses are smart enough to know not to say that! Click here to read the full story.