Sunday reading for September 28, 2014:

1. This afternoon I read an interesting piece from Susan Strayer LaMotte, founder of Exaqueo. In it, she talks about the gap between leader’s perceptions of their organization’s cultures and the perceptions actually held by employees. LaMotte points out that often – for reasons related to demographics, accessibility, and confidentiality – employees live and believe very different things about a companies values. This is a great read because of the insights LaMotte gives at the end on how executives can bridge this disconnect, in the process gaining meaningful insights into the drivers of their company. Check the full post out here.

2. Washington Post writer Lydia DePillis has a great post up examining the rising value of a college degree – but not for the reasons you might think. DePillis shows that there is a growing credentials gap between the skills employers are seeking in jobs as opposed to the credentials applicants bring to the table. This is partly due to the (rising) supply of college graduates now outpacing the number of positions requiring college degrees. As such, employers are asking for degrees to do jobs that have not historically required them as a means of culling bloated applicant pools of otherwise materially identical (and qualified) candidates. While employers must take care not to disparately impact protected classes by requiring credentials that are not core to a job’s requirements, as a practical matter this shift is causing qualified applicants to be shut out of jobs that they would have been considered for without college degrees 20-30 years ago. I love this piece for both the depth of research and infographic highlighting field-specific credentials gaps. You can check the full article out here.

1. I don’t typically select two pieces from the same writer. I just spend a big chunk of each Sunday reading and then take the three most interesting things I read that day as my recommended reading. As such, kudos to Lydia DePillis for producing such high quality writing.3. In another really well written piece by Lydia DePillis at the Post 1, we get an interesting look at the changing job market’s impact on worker employment, wage, and benefit stability. I wrote last week about employer’s changing views on contingent labor and what that means for job stability as traditionally defined now and in the future. Depillis’s piece examines yet another change to the job market, as new entrants upend service provider business models, acting as middle men that help facilitate transactions between those parties seeking goods and those with the technical skill to provide them instead of providing the services themselves. This is a really good read that I recommend checking out here.

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