The Week That Was

These top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of April 22 will make you smarter. Guaranteed.

1. Your Boss Asked You to Do What?: Nearly 23 percent of workers reported that their bosses have asked them to perform tasks that are not related to their jobs, according to a recent CareerBuilder study.

2. Look Beyond Raises to Engage and Retain Talent: A recent study predicts salaries will rise sharply in emerging markets but remain flat in developed countries. This means finding other ways to keep workers motivated. Benjamin Frost, global product manager at Hay Group, has more.

3. At the Corner of People and Business: Walgreens’ Kathleen Wilson-Thompson | Profile: Walgreens CHRO Kathleen Wilson-Thompson is building an HR infrastructure to support the organization as it rebrands itself into a global health care and retail company.

4. Mobile Recruiting Apps: A Gimmick or Here to Stay?: Some recruiters are leveraging mobile apps that promise to save hiring managers’ time and money, but are these new technologies effective in actually finding top talent? Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn has the story.

5. Study Aims to Confirm and Dispel Myths about Millennials: The clearest finding: Millennials, as do other generations, want more work-life flexibility — and they are willing to pay for it.

In Other News …

To the excitement of human resources professionals across the globe, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer finally broke her silence on her ban on working from home at the technology company.

According to Fortune, Mayer, speaking at an HR conference, decided to address the elephant in the room — quite literally, with a giant, purple elephant appearing on the screen beside her.

Mayer said Yahoo’s move to end work from home was “wrongly perceived as industry narrative,” and that “it’s not what’s right for Yahoo right now.”

The remarks come months after proponents of telework lambasted Mayer for ending an arrangement largely common in the tech industry. The move was first reported when a internal memo from Yahoo’s HR head announcing the shift was leaked.

According to Fortune, the policy shift affects roughly 200 of Yahoo’s 12,000 employees.

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According to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal, securities regulators are “seeking to carve out exemptions in state laws that would allow certain financial firms to sidestep bans on looking at the personal social media accounts of employees.”

The report continues: “Securities regulators worry that the raft of new laws aimed at protecting employees’ privacy puts investors at risk. They say the fast spread of financial advice on social networks such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. could create new channels for Ponzi schemes and other frauds, and that fighting those frauds will be harder if state lawmakers snarl efforts by companies to monitor what employees are pitching to investors.”

Fair or foul? What’s your take?