Week in Review – Popular Content
Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve A Purpose – NPR
Most people have a colleague or two who don’t seem to do much work at work. They’re in the break room watching March Madness, or they disappear for a two-hour coffee break. These kinds of scenarios occur throughout the animal kingdom, says Eisuke Hasegawa, a professor of agriculture at Hokkaido University in Japan. His research looked at laziness in ant colonies. At any given moment, he says, half of ants are basically doing nothing. But Hasegawa’s study, published last month in Nature, shows that colonies with a significant percentage of do-nothing types are actually more resilient. Read more.
A Bad Reputation Costs a Company at Least 10% More Per Hire – HBR
So how much does a company’s reputation as a place to work — its employer brand — really matter when it comes to hiring? And what exactly makes up a bad reputation or a good one? Research found that the top three factors that contribute most to a bad reputation as a place to work are concerns about job security, dysfunctional teams, and poor leadership. The top three factors associated with a good reputation as an employer are stability, opportunities for career growth, and the ability to work with a top-notch team. Read more.
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As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops
Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? … A new study from researchers at Cornell University found that the difference between the occupations and industries in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap, accounting for more than half of it. In fact, another study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before. Read more.
And in a related story, GlassDoor just released a report on the Gender Pay Gap. Here are the highlights, from HRExaminer. Read more.
Do College Students Pick Majors Based on Potential Earnings?
“If only I knew then what I know now,” is a common lament among some workers about their (perhaps suboptimal) choices at college. It relies on the rather dodgy idea that you could somehow have the insights of a 35-year-old when you’re only 19.
But what if you could? That is, what if while you were young, you were exposed to real data that called into question some of your beliefs? A couple of researchers tried it with a group of New York University students who had misinformed views about wages in various fields. By providing real, public data about pay, “our intervention nudged students toward higher-earning majors,” the researchers said in the study. Read more.
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Did You Know
Tuesday, April 6th is National Tartan Day. This day commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent. Tartan clothing is often worn by Scottish Americans taking part in National Tartan Day. Read more.
Term of the Week
Broadbanding: A pay structure that exchanges a large number of narrow salary ranges for a smaller number of broader salary ranges. This type of pay structure encourages the development of broad employee skills and growth while reducing the opportunity for promotion.
Vendor M&A And Partnership News
A sampling of this week’s mergers and acquisitions announcements from around the human resource marketplace – and other partnerships. Latest news here.
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