The Week That Was

If your plans reflect what mine are likely to be this weekend, then they look like this: Wake up, fire up the grill, throw some tasty burgers and hot dogs on, grab some mustard and, naturally, read these top five stories from for the week of July 7.

1. Why One Company Pays $25,000 to quit: Videogame maker Riot Games is the latest company offering to pay employees to quit if they’re not happy at work, and experts say it’s a great talent management strategy. Talent Management editor Sarah Sipek has the story.

2. How Video can Boost Employee Engagement: Video has a place in the talent management toolbox. Here’s why it can be effective at capturing employee engagement. Vern Hanzlik has more.

3. Mentoring Vs. Coaching: When to Use Each: Mentoring and coaching are both verifiable development tools, and each come with acute characteristics talent leaders must recognize to maximize their value. David J. DeFilippo and Milana Hogan have the story.

4. Customer Service Should Be a Focus for Recruiters: Blogger Elaine Orler says when it comes down to it, recruiting is essentially a customer service function, with the customers being line managers and candidates. Talent Management blogger Elaine Orler has more.

5. Shut Down the Office and Watch the World Cup: Blogger Dan Bowling explains how employers should turn the World Cup into a team building activity.

On Another Note …

Management thinking always seems to have its fad of the moment. The current fad appears to be the idea that companies should abandon hierarchy and flatten themselves out, with employee empowerment—and, presumably, productivity and engagement—the main beneficiaries.

But according to a column in this week’s Economist, the idea of an entirely flat organization—known as a “holacracy”—deserves a healthy dose of skepticism. Read why here.

Also, how one employer tackled the issue of gender pay equality, via The Wall Street Journal. Read here.