The Week That Was

Kick start the new month with these top five stories from for the week of Feb. 25.

1. Eight Principles of Inspirational Leadership: Stressing values, earning trust and connecting with others are some of the ways leaders can inspire their organizations to achieve greater success. David C. Forman, the chief learning officer for the Human Capital Institute, and Friso van der Oord, global head of research for the Corporate Executive Board, have the story.

2. As Health Care Changes Loom, Is HR Ready?: The sweeping health care reform passed in 2010 finally takes full form in 2014. Here’s what HR needs to know, writes David L. Barron, a member in the Houston office of law firm Cozen O’Connor, with a focus on litigation practice on labor and employment law.

3. What Is Happiness?: Everybody wants to be happy. The problem is that nobody agrees on what happiness means, writes Talent Management blogger Dan Bowling.

4. Hiring Managers, Get ‘The Job’ Done: There are certain universal traits that hiring managers can look for during an interview that could land them a good hire, writes Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn.

5. Three Ways to Drive Away Rising Stars: Three common mistakes companies make that discourage high-potential employees, writes Brian Kropp, a managing director of Corporate Executive Board, a member-based advisory company.

In Other News …

Yahoo Inc.’s Chief Executive Marissa Mayer grabbed headlines this week by shuttering the embattled technology company’s work-from-home arrangements.

The news surfaced after the press caught wind of an internal memo sent to employees last week from Yahoo human resources head Jacqueline Reses. The memo said: “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussion, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”

As you can imagine, the news ignited a vast debate about the pros and cons of letting employees work from home. Here at Talent Management, we’ve constantly given readers stories about the fruits of the practice. Editor Deanna Hartley quickly reacted to the news, writing that Mayer’s decision is a bold one considering the popular trend of work from home and flexible work environments.

What do you think?