The Week That Was

I’ve got nothing witty to say here. Just read these top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of Feb. 24.

1. Tracking Remote Workers? There’s an App For That: Work is no longer confined to an office, and a new group of workforce management apps can help managers keep tabs on a workforce on the go. Sarah Fister Gale has this issue’s Insight interview.

2. Survey Reveals Most Memorable Excuses For Being Late: Nearly one quarter of employees admit to being tardy at least once a month on average, according to a new survey, with 15 percent admitting to arriving late at least once a week.

3. Dumbing Down Performance Reviews: In an ideal world, managers would manage performance throughout the year, offer timely and consistent feedback, and ensure that both goals and feedback were aligned with and supported organizational goals. Guest Editorial columnist Ronald M. Katz has more.

4. Get Ready for the ACA: Control costs and minimize compliance risk with the right workforce management tools, writes Liz Moughan, director of the retail and hospitality practice group at workforce management company Kronos Inc., has the story.

5. Personalize The HR Transaction: In the age of instant expertise, more organizations are coupling HR transactions with analytics, videos, collaboration tools and other content designed to make interactions successful. James Bowley, vice president at Peoplefluent, has more.

In Other News …

On the job hunt, or, as a talent manager, are you interviewing candidates lately?

You might want to refresh your knowledge of the SAT, better known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, according to this article this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Many employers are requiring candidates showcase the score they received on the common test used as a barometer for college admission in job interviews. According to this article, scores are used for mostly candidates right out of college and interviewing for positions in industries like professional services, management consulting or accounting, to name a few. Recruiters quoted in the article say the SAT — along with the other widely used test, ACT — helps hiring managers differentiate candidates with little work experience who have largely the same academic credentials.

Others say it helps establish a candidate’s brainpower. Still, is using a test taken when someone is 17 or 18 years old relevant to a job interview when they are older, in some instances 40 or 50? Read more here.