The Week That Was

The light at the end of the tunnel — March, the end of winter — is in sight. Before the weather turns for the better, enjoy the indoors with these top five stories from for the week of Feb. 18.

1. 5 Ways to Get Employees to Love Your Leaders: This Valentine’s Day, consider these simple, practical tips to make your leaders more lovable, writes Halley Bock, CEO of Fierce Inc., a leadership development and training company.

2. Non-Traditional Hiring Technique Gains Steam: Asking obscure interview questions may sound counterintuitive, but it may help identify the best candidate, writes Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn.

3. Most Memorable Excuses from Tardy Employees: Frozen car keys, a functionally fashionable cement duck and coin-operated newspaper machines top this year’s list of most outrageous excuses for arriving to work late, according to a new CareerBuilder study.

4. As Health Care Changes Loom, Is HR Ready?: The sweeping health care reform passed in 2010 takes full form in 2014. Here’s what HR needs to know. David L. Barron, an employment lawyer, has the story.

5. How Brazil, Russia Outshine the U.S.: Performance management practices in Brazil and Russia differ from those in the U.S. in some surprising ways. Talent managers should audit their own practices and see how they stack up. Donna Parrey, senior research analyst at the Institute for Corporate Productivity, has more.

In Other News …

Motherhood, work-life balance and the dearth of women in top leadership roles are topics that have occupied much space on this website and in Talent Management magazine over the years. After many women may have given up — or put on hold — career ambitions to have children and raise a family, some companies are making efforts to try and lure them back, reports The Wall Street Journal this week | McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold.

Also …

Want to be a better boss or manager? The difference between a good one and bad one is often a matter of simple steps. An easy one: When seeking to give an employee recognition, go to the employee instead of having him or her come to you, reports Inc. | One Huge Step Every Great Boss Takes.