The Week That Was

Give your mother the gift of knowledge with these top five stories from for the week of May 6.

1. Millennials: Let Us Into the Workforce: By 2020, millennials are projected to make up half the workforce, but why do they still face grim job prospects? Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn has more.

2. Want a Change, But Don’t Know What?: When we face tough decisions in the workplace, we can seek advice from others, but columnist Marshall Goldsmith says this is what matters in the end.

3. Rutgers: A Metaphor for the Business Bully: Basketball coach Mike Rice is just an example of someone who continued doing what he was being paid big bucks to do even if it was wrong, says blogger Aubrey Daniels.

4. Talent Managers: Tell Your Story: Every successful organization is based on a blend of vision, brand and culture, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

5. Results-Only Work Environment? It’s a Leadership Problem: If an employee is not performing well in the office, you can be sure that person will not perform well at home, says blogger Aubrey Daniels.

In Other News …

The shorter your name, the bigger your salary.

That’s according to a study from online job-matching service TheLadders featured in this article from Business Insider.

According to TheLadders, every extra letter in a person’s first name could account for as much as $3,600 off their annual salary.

The Business Insider article said:

TheLadders tested 24 pairs of names—Steve and Stephen, Bill and William, and Sara and Sarah, and in all but one case those with shorter names earned higher pay. (The exception: Larry and Lawrence, where the longer moniker made more money.) Its research is based on finding a linear trend in data from 6 million members, with 3.4 percent of them in CEO or other C-level jobs.”


Also, burnout is a term commonly used at the mid-management level; many managers — and even lower-level employees — take time off to combat the sometimes excess stresses of work.

But what happens when the manager who is burnt out is the most important manager of all — the CEO? The Wall Street Journal explores.