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The Top 10 Best HR Articles & Videos (March-April)

Apr 29, 2014


A selection of some of our favourite HR/business related articles and videos from around the web in March-April 2014...

HC1. "Near utopian" workplace conditions, circa 1852

Source: Human Capital Magazine

A notice was discovered in the ruins of a London office building stating that the “owners recognise the generosity of the new labour laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near Utopian conditions.” But just what exactly did the employees get that made their workplace “Utopian?” You are guaranteed a laugh. > See article.


Day2. Day of the Dead Bored: A Human Resources Horror Story

Source: Ready to Roll

“If you’ve ever yawned your way through an outdated, boring internal communication – this one’s for you!” > See article.


This3. This Girl Scout Knows More About Business Than You

Source: Mashable

“Katie Francis, a 12-year-old from Oklahoma, recently broke the world record for most Girl Scout cookies ever sold with a whopping 21,477 boxes and counting. Now she's here to offer some tips on how you can improve your business strategies and land those big deals.” > See article.


Surprise4. 24 People Who Applied for the World's Toughest Job Were In for Quite a Surprise

Source: AdFreak

An ad agency posted a fake job listing for a "director of operations" with requirements like: Standing up almost all the time, working from 135 to unlimited hours per week, no vacations. Did anyone apply? You'd be surprised. > See article.


the 415. The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever

Source: The Muse

The title says it all. > See article.


dil6. How To Achieve Work-Life Balance In 5 Steps

Source: Eric Barker’s Blog (Barking Up the Wrong Tree)

Eric Barker offers a succinct summary of work-life balance research with tips, videos and a Dilbert comic for relief. > See article.


josh7. Are You an Overwhelmed Employee? New Research Says Yes.

Source: Josh Bersin, LinkedIn

Josh Bersin’s team just completed one of the largest-ever studies of corporate talent and HR needs around the world — the Deloitte 2014 Human Capital Trends Study. > See article.


har8. Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit

Source: Harvard Business Review

“Bezos’s letter unveiled his well-named Pay to Quit program, in which the company offers fulfillment-center employees one-time payments to leave Amazon. Each employee gets the offer once a year. The first time, it’s for $2,000. The offer increases by $1,000 each year after that up to a maximum of $5,000.” > See article.


for9. Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development

Source: Forbes

Forbes writer Kevin Cashman comments on the findings of a whitepaper from two researchers who found a link between the financial performance of 486 publicly traded companies and the “self-awareness” level of people working at those companies. > See article.


your10. Your Problem is You

Source: Colin Ellis’ Blog (Ramblin' Guy)

“Your problem isn’t your job, your problem is you.” A short, insightful post from a man who knows people well. This one gets extra points for the Ferris Bueller reference. > See article.

Topics: Human Resources

Theo Winter

Theo Winter

Client Services Manager, Writer & Researcher. Theo is one of the youngest professionals in the world to earn an accreditation in TTI Success Insight's suite of psychometric assessments. For more than a decade, he worked with hundreds of HR, L&D and OD professionals and consultants to improve engagement, performance and emotional intelligence of leaders and their teams. He authored the book "40 Must-Know Business Models for People Leaders."


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