The Week That Was

Professional football begins this weekend. And what better way to supplement football watching than with a comfortable chair, some taco dip and these top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of Sept. 2?

1. Study Reveals Surprising Factors That Determine Who Gets Hired: A new CareerBuilder study finds that a sense of humor, an eye for fashion or even knowledge of current affairs and pop culture could also play some part in influencing a hiring manager’s decision.

2. Understanding Employee Turnover Key to Staying Ahead: There is no universal prescription for turnover. Good numbers for one company may be horrible for another. Context is critical to properly gauge meaning and identify where interventions may be necessary. Cliff Stevenson, a senior human capital researcher for the Institute for Corporate Productivity, has the story.

3. LG Goes Virtual for Better Hiring: For LG Electronics USA Inc., coordinating travel and schedules for interviews, sometimes internationally, was time-consuming and expensive, and not all candidates were getting full consideration. Greg Rokos, president of virtual interviewing company GreenJobInterview, has more.

4. Study: Most Employees Stay Connected to the Office on Vacation: More workers are checking in on work while on vacation, a new survey shows, with almost half reporting they do so multiple times per day.

5. Collaboration Technology: Increasing Connectivity and Innovation: HR tech vendors are rolling out platforms that allow employees to collaborate more efficiently — and companies are putting them to good use. Katie Kuehner-Hebert has more in this issue’s special report.

In Other News …

Should workers be paid for time spent changing into clothes or gear required to do the job? That’s a question the U.S. Supreme Court will have to consider this fall as it hears a case between hundreds of steelworkers and U.S. Steel Corp. The Wall Street Journal outlines the details of the dispute here.

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Also, everyone says their commute to work is bad. But take a look at some of the all-time worst commutes, as put together by Business Insider.