Five Things You Need to Know This Week…

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, This Week in HR

Hey there and welcome back to another week. Is your company's holiday party this week? The Kinetix team will be hitting up this swanky bowling establishment on Tuesday. What does your team have planned? Hit me in the comments and enjoy these five hand-picked reads:

1. Costly Degrees in HR Could Be a Wise Choice vs. Certification. As the demands and workload of HR professionals continues to grow, many experts recommend coughing up the cash for a graduate degree over the affordable HR certification.

2. The Growing Skills Gap Explained in Three Charts. According to a recent report from McKinsey, 39% of employers blame their inability to fill roles on the “skills gap” and half of the students and employers polled around world feel educational institutes aren't preparing younger generations to ent

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3. Why GE is Betting $800 Million On Manufacturing in America. Jeff Immlet, CEO of General Electric, believes in the insourcing of America and is spending $800 million to repatriate a significant amount of its appliance manufacturing to Louisville, Kentucky.

4. Health Reform Beat Goes On: New Rules on Wellness, “Essential Benefits”. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the DOL and Treasury Department recently released the new proposal for wellness incentives, which would apply to plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

5. The Complete U.S. Jobs Report in Two Simple Charts. The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, beating expectations, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%. These charts show you the breakdown of employment status for all Americans age 16 and above.

Have a great week, FOT Nation!