How’s your week going? Mine has been good, lots of interesting reads prompted some new thinking for me. Sharing some of them below, hope they spark new thinking for you, too:

  • When’s the last time you looked at your benefits program from the employee perspective? According to this article in HCM Tech, benefits programs require constant care and feeding, and the trend is moving towards increased personalization.


 Do Good Spotlight: The Clooney Foundation for Justice

The Clooney Foundation for Justice (yes, those Clooneys) advocates for justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world. Founded by George and Amal Clooney, the organization has several initiatives that keep attention on different types of injustices, from unfair trials to dirty money movements to pressing for punishment of corporate criminals.  I donated to this organization this week to help support the good works its doing around the world.


  • Scott Mautz provides 3 powerful points packaged in a “5 Ways” article: Why you should ignore trolls, how Steve Jobs got Tim Cook to join Apple; and then the 5 ways to keep yourself and your team creating.
  • What’s your experience with employees’ working long hours and balancing the need for better work/life balance? I was a little surprised the 80-hour work week is becoming increasingly common. I’m not talking about business owners, we have our own rhythms around work and everything else, I’m asking about the people who work for you…I thought more folks were working closer to 40 hours a week these days but this article says employees are grinding and 80 hours a week isn’t unusual. Let me know what you’re seeing and if I hear a wide range of info, I’ll share anecdotally in an upcoming What’s Hot Wednesday. Here’s the NY Times story on this that made me wonder.

I hope you found some interesting items in this week’s briefing. Have a great rest of the week!