The Week That Was

Spending too much time in the hot summer sun may be bad for your health. So take plenty of beach breaks by reading these top five stories from for the week of June 2.

1. Big Data or No Data: Can Wellness Boost Engagement?: Wellness programs have been touted as a partial solution for employers looking to manage increasing health care costs. But is hands-on health boosting productivity and engagement? Katie Kuehner-Hebert has more in this issue’s special report.

2. Work Deconstructed: Taking apart a project to examine the individual skills needed can revolutionize your talent management processes. Talent Management columnist John Boudreau has the story.

3. Finding People Has Never Been Easier, But Recruiting Has Never Been Harder: Employers today receive an average of 101-150 applications for each job opening. While this should make it easy for recruiters to find the best applicants, the opposite is often true. Blogger Elaine Orler has more.

4. A Networked Rethink for L&D: Today’s networked work environment opens up new learning possibilities. Start by redefining your approach to employee development. Thomas Handcock has the story.

5. Employers Inflexible About Flextime: Though many big-name companies offer flexible scheduling, a recent study found that employers implicitly favor early birds over night owls. Talent Management editor Sarah Sipek with the story.

In Other News …

Open-plan office spaces are all the rage, but for introverts, these new work environments are a nightmare. Clacking keyboards, noisy rooms, people everywhere — overstimulation overload.

The good news: Office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. has broken new ground in creating a space for introverts to get things done in this new era of work.

According to The Wall Street Journal this week, the company’s “new set of ‘quiet spaces,’ designed in collaboration with [author Susan] Cain, aims to help introverts relax and focus away from the eyes of their co-workers. The five rooms are soundproof and feature glass doors frosted in patterns that largely shield occupants from view but allow them to tell if someone is approaching. Introverts can also indulge in dim and tinted lighting to help them rejuvenate after a stressful two-hour meeting.”

Read more here.

Also, the top 10 cities for recent graduates, via Business Insider. Read here.