Talent Economy Week in Review: February 13-17

The top TE stories from this week. Plus, Friday's Talent Docket.

These were the top Talent Economy stories for the week of February 13-17, 2017:

Welcome to the ‘Opt In’ Era of WorkToday’s social contract requires individuals take more responsibility of their professional advancement, writes Managing Editor Frank Kalman.

The Unintended Consequences of Hiring Freezes: Although hiring freezes save money on staff costs in the short term, they could cost the company more in the long run, writes Associate Editor Lauren Dixon.

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Outcompete Large Firms on Talent: Larger companies have many advantages when it comes to attracting top talent. These are six ways smaller firms can outcompete their larger competitors, writes Talent Economy Influencer and freelance journalist Wendy Webb.

FROM THE WINTER 2017 QUARTERLY: Winter 2017 Insider … Kevin Kelly: The author of “The Inevitable,” talks about the major technology forces poised to transform work and society with Managing Editor Frank Kalman. Read the entire digital edition of the quarterly here.

New Talent10x: ‘Main Street Capitalism’ and the Talent EconomyManaging Editor Frank Kalman chats with David Smick, author of the book “The Great Equalizer,” on current economic trends and their impact on the talent economy. Listen here or subscribe to Talent10x on iTunes.

Finally, here is the Talent Docket for Friday, February 17, 2017:

Alexander Acosta is Trump’s pick to be labor secretary, after his former pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination Thursday, reports The Wall Street Journal (Paywall).

A summons from the White House used to be a privilege for CEOs, but now, in the Trump era, such invitations are seen as something to be avoided, writes The New York Times.

Here’s how the restaurant industry reacted to the “Day Without Immigrants” protest, from Entrepreneur.

Firms are commonly accused of failing to look ahead, an accusation The Economist writes is misguided.

Finally, Bill Gates says robots that take over jobs should pay taxes, from Business Insider.