The Week That Was

Take a break from raking leaves with these top five stories from for the week of Nov. 4.

1. The Remote Reality: Can Working From Home Work?: More companies are choosing to have employees work from home, some as a perk and others as a cost-saving mechanism. To succeed, managers should focus on building trust, clear communication and task management systems. Talent Management editor Mary Camille Izlar has the story.

2. Creating an Employee Brand Makes All the Difference: Developing a strong employee brand bolsters the production of a workforce and attracts external talent to the company. Joe Cecere, president and chief creative officer of Little, a strategic design firm based in Minneapolis, has more.

3. How Intuit Thinks Like a Startup: Intuit’s HR tools weren’t designed with employees’ needs in mind, and employees didn’t feel the tools were relevant or helped them develop their careers. Chris Galy, the company’s vice president of talent acquisition, and Rick Jensen, its vice president of talent, have the story of how the company changed things.

4. Why Employees Fail to Change: Talent managers can increase the effectiveness of annual assessments by providing employees with the skills to put performance feedback into action, writes Kerry Patterson, co-founder of VitalSmarts, a corporate training and leadership development company.

5. Most Working Adults Find Team-Based Work Difficult: Lack of teamwork training and workload inequality are driving the majority of working adults to find team-based work difficult, a new survey shows.

In Other News …

Email is such a big part of people’s lives. Not only is the communication medium used — or, as some might argue, overused — in business, but it’s the way we constantly communicate with family and friends outside of work.

With that said, there are plenty of email pet peeves we’ve come across, and more of them happen at work. Fast Company decided to pick out the biggest email annoyances. They range from the over-the-top sign-off — for example, “with most sincere regards,” as if you were just worried about being plain sincere — to the dreaded overuse of “reply all.” Read the entire article here.


Also, Business Insider tells us how to make more friends. Read here.