The Week That Was

Complement a full weekend’s worth of St. Patrick’s Day celebration with these top five stories from for the week of March 11.

1. The Telecommuting Teeter-Totter: With the rise of remote workers and increased focus on work-life balance in corporate spheres, is Yahoo’s ban on teleworking regressive? Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn has more.

2. Create a Culture Where Female Leaders Can Thrive: In light of International Women’s Day, gain insights into what matters to female professionals and how you can help, writes Nellie Borrero, managing director of global inclusion and diversity at Accenture.

3. Does Telework Thwart Promotion?: The benefits of working from home may come with one giant caveat: decreased odds of being promoted, according to a recent study. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has the story.

4. Re-Evaluate Your Fundamentals: A leader’s vision and behavior drives culture, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

5. The Death Lizards Take Over at JCPenney: Genghis Khan-style leadership, as some might argue is happening at the clothing retailer, is so Middle Ages, writes blogger Dan Bowling.

In Other News …

For years, eHarmony has made its name as a matchmaker, connecting singles online who would eventually, in theory, fall in love and remain partners for life. Now, as Inc. reports, the company is moving into a different sort of matchmaking: corporate recruiting.

You heard right. The online matchmaker, which reportedly has more than 20 million users, plans to expand into the job-search market before the year is out.

What’s more, as crazy as the idea of an online dating website jumping into the recruitment space may sound, research cited in the Inc. article says the idea isn’t so far-fetched.

“When people meet in a bar, they evaluate these four to five superficial data points — is the other person attractive, are they a good conversationist, what’s their job, what’s their socioeconomic status — and then decide whether or not to ride off into the sunset,” Grant Langston, eHarmony’s vice president of customer experience, told the magazine. “This is the same thing that’s happening in the hiring world: employers just evaluate these typical four to five superficial traits and make their hire.”

Read the entire article here.