The Week That Was

We’re back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Start 2013 off right with these top five stories from for the week of Jan. 7.

1. Bringing Work and Life Into Balance: See how Ernst & Young’s Mike Cullen is driving talent management deeper into the accounting firm to make sure every employee counts. Talent Management editor Ladan Nikravan has more in this issue’s profile.

2. Resolution Solutions for the New Year: When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, why is it that we do the same thing over and over hoping that things will be different, yet they never are? Blogger Aubrey Daniels explores.

3. Tips to Rethink Performance Appraisals: There’s a sizable gap between employee and employer perceptions of the value of performance appraisals. Here are steps to derive maximum value from the process, writes Kevin Louiselle, senior vice president and partner at MDA Leadership Consulting.

4. Is the CLO Role on Its Way Out?: What is increasingly common is instead a head of talent management role with recruiting, succession management and talent development melded into one, writes Talent Management editor Kellye Whitney.

5. 10 Resolutions to Be Happy at Work: Blogger Dan Bowling offers the most important strategies toward being a happy manager in 2013.

In Other News …

If you didn’t already hear, the parent company of Talent Management made big news this week in announcing its purchase of Workforce Management magazine. With the acquisition, combined readership of Human Capital Media Group — which also includes Diversity Executive and Chief Learning Officer — will exceed 150,000 readers and reach 1.5 million website visitors.


Also, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that as the jobless continue to make strides in the slowly improving economy, many online job postings are often filled before they are posted.

“With the labor market remaining weak, such back-channel methods are becoming the rule, not the exception, when companies hire. Many open jobs are never advertised at all, or are posted only after a leading candidate — an internal applicant or someone else with an inside track — has been identified. Sometimes … a hiring manager creates a new position ahead of schedule to accommodate a favored prospect.”