The Week That Was

Let’s face it: If you live in the northern half of the country — and I suppose many of our readers do — you’re likely snowed in this weekend anyway, so read these top five stories from for the week of Feb. 3.

1. These Are the Best Places to Work?: Fortune magazine recently released its “Best Places to Work,” and Talent Management blogger Dan Bowling isn’t impressed.

2. Cisco: Divide and Conquer: By farming out HR’s transactional duties to another department, Cisco says it saved money, freed up talent management professionals to think strategically and boosted employee satisfaction with HR. Talent Management editor Ladan Nikravan has this issue’s case study cover story.

3. Are Specialized Job Boards More Effective?: Specialized job boards aim to filter out the dross so recruiters can get a more detailed batch of potential candidates, but downsides remain. Talent Management editor Eric Short has more.

4. Stacking Up Succession at Deloitte | Video: Kathy Krul, Deloitte’s associate director of global financial advisory talent, talks about the professional services firm’s succession planning process with Talent Management’s Ladan Nikravan.

5. Close the Compromise Gap: It is 7 a.m. on a Wednesday, and the training room at Adcap Network Systems is already buzzing with conversation. Brad Wilkins has more.

In Other News …

The era of the activist investor keeps trotting along.

With activist pressure on companies like J.C. Penney and Apple drumming up fresh media attention of late, it comes as little surprise that Yahoo is the latest to be on the receiving end of deep-pocketed investors clamoring for change.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that CtW Investment Group, an arm of labor federation Change to Win, is calling on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to change the way the tech company has recently compensated high-level executives. The call comes as the company recently went through a number of rather expensive firings, namely that of chief operating officer Henrique de Castro. According to the Wall Street Journal, de Castro served as Yahoo’s COO for just 15 months, pulling in an estimated total compensation of $109 million.

CtW Investment Group represents union pension funds that own roughly 2 million shares of Yahoo.

Read more here.


Also, the Sochi Olympics start Friday, and apparently it’s a total disaster. Business Insider shows just how messed up the hotels are. Read here.