The Week That Was

Autumn makes for perfect bonfire weather. So cozy up to a fire with these top five stories from for the week of Oct. 21.

1. Five Components to Cultivate a Glass-Full Attitude: Here are five mindsets individuals must adopt to find true engagement, writes Sebastian Bailey, president of Mind Gym Inc., a performance management firm.

2. Less Is More: Overworking Doesn’t Lead to Higher Performance: The workaholic mentality may get results for a few months, but it can stunt employee performance in the long run. Talent Management editor Mary Camille Izlar has more.

3. How to Create a Culture of Succession Readiness: Is your organization ready to bridge the knowledge gaps retiring baby boomers will leave behind? Darnell Lattal, president and CEO of Aubrey Daniels International, has the story.

4. (More) Happy Choices Workers Make: Happiness is a matter of choices we make in our everyday life. Blogger Dan Bowling offers five types of choices that lead to happier workers.

5. Do People Always Resist Change?: Offering more certainty and control to people during times of major organizational change can be essential. But what if such control actually interferes with the workforce becoming more adaptable? Craig Mindrum, president of Mindrum Strategy, a consulting and communications company, has more.

In Other News …

Tracking technology in the workplace is getting more widespread and sophisticated, reports the Wall Street Journal this week. Office workers are used to having every keystroke tracked by employers in an effort to ensure they are spending most of their vital hours on work and not browsing the Web. But an increasing number of blue-collar workers — the Journal article uses truck drivers and maintenance workers as examples — are finding their every move and location being tracked. The Journal article says technology has gotten so sophisticated that employers are able to not only track the location of truck drivers, but they can also tell if they’re wearing their seat belt. Read more here.


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