This week, we debate the best office layouts, learn how two researchers helped employees change their commuting behavior, dig into the most striking HR trends of 2019, and explore the challenges female leaders face when hiring.  

This week’s growth quote:

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”

Zig Zigler

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Men Tend to Hire Men, Whom Do Women Tend to Hire?

HR Technologist

When women take on leadership roles, the workforce becomes more diverse. That said, even women with hiring power face unfair roadblocks when trying to hire broadly, largely because their choices face more scrutiny and the talent pool leans male. Read this article to learn how to overcome these hiring challenges. 

Keeping Up Good Employee Relations in 2019 

SHRM

Look back at the eight hottest HR topics of 2019 with this snappy roundup. Learn about the shortage of blue-collar jobs, why more companies are ending remote work, and which company gifts employees hate. 

What a Difference a Workspace Can Make

TLNT

There’s been a lot of debate about how to create the optimal workspace but the reality is that each employee has different needs. Learn how to create easy opportunities for employees to personalize their environment. From allowing them to pick their own chair to ask for their design preferences, there are plenty of tactics you can use to give an office a bespoke feel.   

Why It’s So Hard to Change People’s Commuting Behavior

HBR

American employees spend around 200 hours a year driving to work. And with drivers reporting higher stress levels at work, more companies are trying to encourage their employees to use ride-sharing or mass transit options. Read about the nudges two researchers used to change long term commuting behavior.  If you missed the last recap, read it here: Betterworks Takes Gold, Involving the CEO in L&D, and Dealing With Burnout