The Week That Was

Before you jump in the pool this holiday weekend, read these top five stories from the week of May 19.

1. How to Make Work Fun: Injecting fun in work means more than just offering fancy perks and swanky office space, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

2. The “Moneyball’ Moment of Talent Management: Editor Max Mihelich talks with contributing editor Kris Dunn about his latest column for Talent Management‘s sister publication Workforce, “Moneyball: It’s One for the Ages.”

3. The Pay-for-Performance Fallacy: Money is a powerful tool for attracting top talent. But when it comes to increasing motivation, performance and engagement, other psychological factors reign supreme. Sebastian Bailey,  president of Mind Gym Inc., a performance management firm, has more.

4. Big Potential for Risk With Big Data: Big data represents increased efficiency and deeper talent pools for organizations. But one talent analytics expert says the potential risks may outweigh the gains. Talent Management editor Max Mihelich has more.

5. Don Kirkpatrick Dies: Training Pioneer Created Created Four Levels of Measurement: Industry pioneer Don Kirkpatrick, creator of the four levels of measurement used widely in the training industry for more than 50 years, died May 9. He was 90. Talent Management editor Mike Prokopeak has the story.

In Other News …

The MBA job market is on solid footing, as 80 percent of companies say they plan on hiring business school graduates this year, according to an article this week in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the article:

“Driving that growth is strong demand from companies in the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. Eighty-three percent of respondents from Asia-Pacific are hiring, up from 70 percent last year. Those firms are also seeking candidates from specialized master’s programs in management, accounting and finance.”

Read more here.

Also, the FBI is loosening its rules on hiring people who have smoked marijuana, mostly because it’s having difficult hiring technology workers and computer programmers. Read more here.