The Week That Was

Take a break from your holiday shopping this weekend with these top five stories from the week of Dec. 1.

1. Special Report: Behavioral Issues: Use of behavioral assessments in talent management has grown rapidly in recent years. How can talent managers ensure they’re using them right?

2. Elf on the Shelf — at Work?: Organizations should have an employee who monitors behavior and productivity at work.

3. Golin Goes All In: Public relations firm Golin wanted to better serve clients in the digital age, so it blew up the old agency model in favor of a system of specialized worker communities.

4. Discomfort Zone: The human resources industry is experiencing lots of discomfort and disruption, but many HR leaders are sticking with what makes them feel comfortable, writes Talent Management Senior Editor Frank Kalman.

5. Executive Pay: An Asset to Talent Management: Compensation experts say executive pay communicates values and success to the rest of the organization.

In Other News …

Pulse surveys are growing in use, with bosses polling their employees on how they're feeling at work on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. The Wall Street Journal has more. Read here.

The Supreme Court is hearing argument in a pretty big case this week. Fast Company sums up the case as follows:

"In 2006 Young, who was then working for UPS in a role that required her to lift packages up to 70 pounds heavy, became pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Doctors, concerned that she should avoid lifting heavy objects, recommended a weight cap of 20 pounds during the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy and 10 pounds during the remainder. When UPS declined her request for a job with lighter physical demands, she sued for discrimination under the 1978 legislation."

If Young wins her appeal, pregnant workers could gain rights equivalent to those of workers affected by on-the-job injuries, Fast Company reports.

Read more here.

Also, 10 rules for hiring exceptional employees, via Business Insider. Read here.