The Week That Was

With football officially over, you have no excuse. Read these top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of Feb. 2.

1. Office Showers Are Now a Thing, Apparently: Enter the latest homey office amenity: the shower. That's right — companies are installing office showers to promote health and midday physical activity, writes editor Frank Kalman.

2. The Innovator's DNA: Do organizations have the talent in place to drive competitive advantage?

3. You Don’t Mean To Be Biased: Unconscious bias plays a role in the hiring, but there are steps to tell what is personal preference and what isn’t.

4. New Year, New Approaches to Flexibility: Improving workplace flexibility is no longer a nice thing to do; it’s a business imperative, writes blogger Allison O'Kelly.

5. Unofficial Work-From-Home Tips During a Snowstorm: New England — and, more recently, Chicago — is covered in snow, forcing many to stay home. Editor Frank Kalman shares his unofficial work from home tips.

In Other News …

The gap in educational attainment between the rich and poor appears to be growing.

According to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal:

"In 2013, 77 percent of adults from families in the top income quartile earned at least bachelor’s degrees by the time they turned 24, up from 40 percent in 1970, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. But 9 percent of people from the lowest income bracket did the same in 2013, up from 6 percent in 1970."

Read more here.

Also, office supply chain Staples bought Office Depot this week for a reported $6.3 billion. The move likely has many workforce implications for the combined venture, and one word should have both company's employees nervous, reports Business Insider. Read here.

Finally, a case for fairer pay, from The New Yorker. Read here.