We Know Next Weekly Recap: November 5-9th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

New research pinpoints personality traits successful leaders must emphasize and de-emphasize as they progress in their careers. Specifically, the PDI Ninth House Pulse on Leaders survey research found that certain traits that facilitate advancement to the business unit leader level actually inhibit progression to the CEO level.

Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy raise a host of issues for employers: how do you pay your employees during suspended operations? Whether and to what extent should health benefits and other benefits be offered? The aftermath of the hurricane also raises questions about an employer's obligations under laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and in particular an employee's right to take FMLA during a natural disaster.

Workers with skills that are most in demand are likely to receive above-average raises in 2013, in part because it's easier for them to find new jobs, according to a compensation expert. "In the U.S., we really have two job markets," explained Paul McDonald, senior executive director of pay consultancy Robert Half International, during an interview with SHRM Online.

A recent survey of corporate CFOs highlighted financial executives' concerns about rising health and pension benefits costs, while a poll of HR managers showed their top rewards priority to be helping employees to better understand their benefits.

A number of reports released in 2012 that examine the link between engaged employees and customer satisfaction suggest that human resource professionals could hold the key to improving the customer experience and generating better business results.

Americans are less confident now than just three years ago that they will have enough financial resources to last through their retirement years, according to a Pew Research Center survey on retirement planning conducted in the latter half of 2012. About four in 10 adults (38 percent) said they were “not too” or “not at all” confident that they will have enough income and assets for their retirement. In comparison, only 25 percent were that pessimistic in the first quarter of 2009 as the economy began a tepid recovery from the “Great Recession.”

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