The Week That Was

January is in the books. And February is a short month. Before you know it, spring will be right around the corner. In the meantime, read these top five stories from for the week of Jan. 28.

1. Five Workplace Predictions for 2013: Here are predictions for how companies might swap out antiquated ways of doing things for non-traditional approaches, writes Halley Bock, president and CEO of Fierce Inc., a global leadership development and training company.

2. Who’s the New Guy on the Team?: Columnist Kevin D. Wilde outlines how managers can guide new employees during a transition to ensure the team doesn’t suffer.

3. To Catch (a Time) Thief | Insight: The Internet has intensified employees’ tendency to slack off at work — and there are dollar signs associated with it, says entrepreneur Russ Warner. Talent Management editor Deanna Hartley has the interview.

4. Do Bonuses Work?: There are 12 characteristics common to companies that successfully reward employees for the highest levels of performance, writes André de Waal,  academic director for the HPO Center in the Netherlands, associate professor HPO of the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and author of What Makes a High Performance Organization? Five Validated Factors of Competitive Advantage That Apply Worldwide.

5. Survey Reveals Office Perks That Drive Retention: When employees were asked to identify one perk that would make their workplace more satisfying, early dismissals, convenient gym access and casual dress scored highest.

In Other News …

The Associated Press takes a look into how technology may have taken away some middle class jobs for good. Read here.

Also, integrity may be a coveted attribute for C-suite executives. Middle managers? That’s a different story.

New research from the Center for Creative Leadership, cited in this story from The Wall Street Journal, found that while integrity is important the higher up in an organization, a “staffer’s level of integrity has little correlation with performance.”

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