Five Things You Should Know This Week

Cara Lucas Cara Lucas, This Week in HR

Hello and welcome to another great week with FOT. Kick your Monday off right with these five must-reads:

1. Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today’s 27-Year-Olds, In Charts: A new study by the Department of Education offers up a statistical picture of young-adult life in the wake of the Great Recession.

2. Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All: A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute suggests that dropping spousal coverage might not be such a money-saver after all. That’s because other companies are likely to do the same thing, thus driving every worker back to his or her own company’s health plan.

3. Recruiting Today’s Seniors — They Want and Need to Keep Working: There is a new period in Boomers’ and seniors’ lives — the retirement career. The hallmark of this time period is the need to continue to earn and/or the need to part of something important, valuable, and relevant. Both have ushered in a new look at including older employees in our workforce.

4. Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?: Upward mobility has stayed the same the past 50 years despite skyrocketing inequality. But it’s lower in the South (and Ohio) than anywhere else in the U.S.—or the rest of the developed world.

5. How Steve Jobs Almost Put A Little Man In Every Mac: It was one of Jobs’ most whimsical ideas: a mysterious cartoon character that would live inside every Macintosh computer.

Have a great week, FOT Nation!