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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

March 13, 2013
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Marissa Mayer has killed telecommuting at Yahoo! while she continues to make changes as the company's new CEO. It's likely that telecommuting itself isn't the problem, rather how the policy is managed, mismanaged or not managed at all. This speaks to larger problems that are probably quicker to identify and fix when everyone's working in one place. Same goes for Best Buy's decision to end Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), its work-when-you-want program.

However, some critics of these bans cite gender bias. They claim flexible work policies help women balance careers and raise children. So, could companies that lack flexible work policies really be focused on hiring more men than women? Perhaps, but if companies have a tough time recruiting women for specific jobs, it could also be due to another issue. According to one study, wording of job descriptions could determine how appealing jobs are to women.

This could be why companies struggle attracting female candidates for many male-dominated jobs like engineering. Because, obviously, the only thing standing between a woman with an engineering degree and an engineering job is a posting with words like ambitious, confident and analytical, right? Hmm. Wonder what Marissa Mayer's job description looks like...

Steven Kapsinow
Product Manager

Employment Slightly Up, Unemployment Barely Moves (BLS)
The economy added 236,000 jobs in February, which was barely enough to move the unemployment needle down to 7.7 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics conceded that the unemployment rate "has shown little movement, on net, since September 2012." The number of underemployed workers was little changed at 8 million, and another 885,000 people were out of work but not counted as unemployed because they had given up looking for work.

Yahoo! Announces End to Telecommuting (USA Today)
Yahoo! is ending its practice of allowing its workers to regularly work from home, a move many are lambasting as "backwards" in the 21st-century, overly connected world. However, the company's stock price is up 50 percent since ex-Googler Marissa Mayer has taken the top spot. About one in 10 employees work from home at least one day a week.

Best Buy Ends ROWE Program (Star Tribune)
Best Buy has ended its popular Results Only Work Environment program, which evaluated employees at the company's corporate level solely on performance versus attendance. University of Minnesota professor Erin Kelly says companies are using such programs as scapegoats for their company's overall poor performance.

You Don't Know It, but Women See Gender Bias in Your Job Postings (
A new study examined the language of job postings and found that masculine wording in a job post could send a subconscious signal to women that they don't belong -- and vice versa.

CareerBuilder Adds Mobile Capabilities (CareerBuilder)
The number of people searching for jobs via mobile devices is doubling every year, so CareerBuilder has added capabilities for users to apply for jobs directly from their phones or tablets.

Facebook Graph's Potential May Have Been Over Hyped (
After using Facebook's Graph search for a month, ERE contributor Raghav Singh says he finds the results underwhelming. "It's a first step in the direction of combining interests and skills," he writes. Have you tried it?

New Lifetime Drama Will Reveal Inner Workings of Human Resources (MediaJobsDaily)
Alicia Silverstone has been cast as the lead in a pilot for a Lifetime drama about HR. Gripping.

How to Give Employees Feedback Without Killing Morale (Mediabistro)
A former eBay COO and other workplace leaders discuss the best ways to give negative feedback while keeping everyone happy.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, co-editor,

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