The Week That Was

It’s company holiday party season, so prepare yourself for plenty of chitchat with these top five stories from for the week of Dec. 10.

1. Steps to Build a Return-to-Work Program: Consider a program that helps experienced professionals re-enter the workforce while you fill critical roles on a temporary basis, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

2. Workforce Planning: The Promise of Integration: As interest in forecasting talent and skill demands grows, talent managers will have to understand how workforce planning fits into talent management strategy. Carol Morrison, senior research analyst for the Institute for Corporate Productivity, has the story.

3. Tips to Correct Poor Performance: When a rock star employee takes a turn for the worse, managers can drive change through motivation, writes Sharon Daniels,  president and CEO of AchieveGlobal.

4. Five Workplace Trends for 2012: As the year winds down, talent managers need to address and capitalize on workplace trends in an effort to move their organizations forward, writes Deb Busser, a partner at Essex Partners, a consultancy that specializes in senior executive and C-suite career transition.

5. Perception Gaps Impede Working Women: Men and women at all levels have different views about what their firms should do to develop female leaders, and these views can prevent organizations from acquiring the best talent. Kip Kelly,  director of the Women in Business program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, has more.

In Other News …

The Wall Street Journal takes a great look into the perils and benefits of distraction in the workplace. As open-office settings and social media become more common, how are workers treating the increased levels of distraction?

In may ways, distraction to break up the monotony of the day is welcome, while in other cases it can be a major hindrance to productivity.

Read more.

Also, Harvard Business Review takes a look at Twitter’s impact on the recruitment industry.