The Week That Was

It’s good practice to wait 30 minutes between eating and swimming. So use that time wisely by reading these top five stories from the week of Aug. 5.

1. Career Advice for Modern Times: When you look for a new position, focus on what you can contribute — not just what you did at the old firm, writes columnist Marshall Goldsmith.

2. The State of Salary Budgets: The improving U.S. economy is good news for the strength of salary increases in the near term. The sagging economy abroad presents a different story in the long term. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has more.

3. What’s the ROI of Social Recruitment?: As social media continues to influence the way candidates look for jobs and the way employers recruit, keep these tips in mind to increase returns on social recruitment. Bucky Couch has the story.

4. Weak Employee Engagement Affects Six Out of Ten Large Firms: The top obstacles to improving employee engagement are a clear employee engagement strategy and inconsistent buy-in among middle managers, a new survey suggests.

5. Most Workers Would Leave Their Job Due to Low Engagement: Six in 10 workers in a recent survey said they would likely leave their current position if they were disengaged.

In Other News …

The Wall Street Journal has two interesting stories this week on middle managers. The first explores what it’s really like to a middle manager, and the other examines why most technology startups prefer to operate without managers entirely.

Check both of them out here and here.


Also, low-wage workers have grabbed headlines of late, most notably the massive number of fast-food workers who have been holding one-day strikes during peak meal times.

As this story from The New York Times reports:

“What began in Manhattan eight months ago first spread to Chicago and Washington and this week has hit St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich. On Wednesday alone, workers picketed McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Popeye’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants in those cities with an ambitious agenda: pay of $15 an hour, twice what many now earn.”

James Surowiecki of The New Yorker writes a more expansive assessment of the underlying problems and the political ramifications weighing on the movement to raise the nation’s minimum wage.