The Week That Was

Summer may unofficially be over, but don't neglect your backyard patio just yet. Settle in outside with your tablet and read these top five stories from for the week of Sept. 8.

1. The Value of Engagement: Engagement has become one of the more recognizable, buzz-worthy measurements in human resources. But is it overrated? According to one expert, it’s actually underrated. Talent Management editor Max Mihelich has more in this issue's Q&A "Insight."

2. Employers Looks to Move HR Tech to Mobile, Cloud: Organizations plan to increase their investments in HR technology as they embrace the latest trends, according to recent survey data. Talent Management editor Ladan Nikravan has more.

3. Talent Rules, Effective Immediately: Eliminate the small distractions that hinder your company's evolution, writes Talent Management columnist Kevin Wilde.

4. How Diversity Affects Negotiations: Negotiation is an art, and diversity can better prepare people by making them more willing to step outside their own perspective. Talent Management editor Luke Siuty has the story for the magazine's sister publication, Diversity Executive.

5. Adobe Checks in With Performance Conversations: The technology firm’s more frequent approach to performance management has helped transform its business and culture, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

In Other News …

Device data wipes are becoming more common.

According to figures profiled this week in The Wall Street Journal, remote data wipes of employees' personal phones, tablets and laptops are on the rise. Fiberlink, a software firm that erases data off worker devices on behalf of firms, said it wiped data from 81,000 devices in the first six months of this year, compared with 51,000 in the last six months of 2013.

More employers have been allowing employees to bring their own device for work. But as the trend picks up speed, employers have been initiating data wipes as a way to keep confidential information under cover when an employee leaves a company. Read more here.

Also, 19 super impressive students at Harvard, via Business Insider. Read here.