The Week That Was

Close out the last official weekend of summer with these top five stories from for the week of Sept. 16.

1. The Art of Mentoring: Not all mentors are managers, but most effective managers act as mentors, writes Talent Management columnist Marshall Goldsmith.

2. Strengths Can Be Weaknesses: What you’re best at is what you’re most likely to take too far. Robert B. Kaiser and Robert E. Kaplan have the story.

3. Free-Thinking Time May Come at a Cost: As Google’s 20 percent time is becoming more regulated, some companies are wondering whether employees’ personal projects should be integrated into their work time. Talent Management editor Jessica DuBois-Maahs has more.

4. Be Mindful of the FRCA: Most employers have heard the background checking horror stories, writes Rebecca Bentz, an associate editor at J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.

5. When a Talent Strategy Lacks Flex: New recruitment blogger Allison O’Kelly has a message for organizations: Offering flex time will increased morale, productivity and loyalty, and grab the attention of top talent.

In Other News …

Ever feel as if technology gets in the way of productivity?

This blog post from The Wall Street Journal suggests turning off all technology — email, Internet browsers, everything — for 30 to 60 minutes every day. Doing this provides workers with the opportunity to give one another more undivided attention. Read more here.


Also from the Journal, news that the male-female pay gap hasn’t really moved all that much.