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Soft Fridays: A Look at Codeword’s Experiment

2 July 2024

Soft Fridays: A Look at Codeword’s Experiment

Author: Heather Nezich

Summer Fridays have been around for a while now, but have you heard of Soft Fridays? In January, Codeword, a communication design agency, launched an innovative pilot program called Soft Fridays. This initiative allows the agency's 100 employees, in collaboration with their managers, to decide if and how they work on Fridays.

Say What? Your Guide to Decoding Modern Acronyms: From ALICE to FIRE

24 June 2024

Say What? Your Guide to Decoding Modern Acronyms: From ALICE to FIRE

Author: Heather Nezich

Can you tell the difference between an ALICE and a HENRY? Are you familiar with the term DINK? Have you heard of the FIRE movement? The current discussion around the U.S. economy is full of acronyms and labels (aka Jargon) for different demographic groups. Some of these terms have been in use for years, while others are more recent, gaining popularity due to recent economic trends and the influence of social media platforms like TikTok. This is your guide to those new terms.
Job Outlook is Good for College Grads

4 June 2024

Job Outlook is Good for College Grads

Author: Heather Nezich

American employers continue to show interest in hiring college graduates with more than half (55%) planning to hire recent alumni, a positive trend over the past few years, aside from a dip in the first half of 2023. This is according to a recent Express Employment Professionals-Harris Poll survey in which companies also outlined other in-demand demographic segments and industries.

The Work-Life Revolution: How Line Managers Can Drive Change

14 May 2024

The Work-Life Revolution: How Line Managers Can Drive Change

Author: Heather Nezich

Organizations can improve the work-life balance of their employees by training line managers in work-life support. This training reduces burnout in employees who have little control of when or where they work and increases family engagement of employees who have high work-life flexibility.

ASE 2024 Employee Turnover Survey – An Insight into Current Trends

23 April 2024

ASE 2024 Employee Turnover Survey – An Insight into Current Trends

Author: Emily Price

Employee turnover, the process where employees leave their positions and are replaced by new hires, holds significant implications for businesses. Excessive turnover can disrupt workflow, hinder productivity, and incur substantial costs associated with recruitment and training.

Resenteeism: The Silent Struggle in Today's Workforce

16 April 2024

Resenteeism: The Silent Struggle in Today's Workforce

Author: Heather Nezich

Another year; another trend – Similar to last year’s trend of "quiet quitting," where employees do the minimum due to burnout and feeling unappreciated, a new trend dubbed "resenteeism" has emerged, reflecting workers' low productivity driven by resentment. These employees feel obligated to stay in their current jobs due to financial commitments or familial responsibilities, yet they harbor dissatisfaction and resentment that hampers their performance.
Education Inequities – Michigan’s Youth are Inadequately Prepared for Future Employment

9 April 2024

Education Inequities – Michigan’s Youth are Inadequately Prepared for Future Employment

Author: Heather Nezich

The K-12 District Comparison Dashboard, recently released by Launch Michigan, offers valuable insights into Michigan's public education system.  Unlike previous tools, this dashboard allows for comparisons between Michigan districts and those in high-performing states, revealing significant disparities:

The Decline of Vertical Career Paths: A Shift Towards Horizontal Growth

20 February 2024

The Decline of Vertical Career Paths: A Shift Towards Horizontal Growth

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In the past, a vertical progression was the ideal career path for many, especially when it came to salary increases and standards of expected living.  Today, the tides have changed.  Many employees don’t want to become managers.  In fact, often, organizations don’t particularly support their managers.  If bad times occur, managers are often the first to be blamed and could be the first out the door. 

The Top 5 HR Buzz Words for 2024

6 February 2024

The Top 5 HR Buzz Words for 2024

Author: Heather Nezich

Are you familiar with the latest HR buzz words? HR Work Break reviewed current buzzwords in the HR field and found the following to be the top five:

Charm School for Employees? Office Etiquette Training on the Rise in Corporate Culture

23 January 2024

Charm School for Employees? Office Etiquette Training on the Rise in Corporate Culture

Author: Heather Nezich

As more and more organizations bring employees back to the office, charm school is emerging as the newest workplace trend. Office etiquette is taking center stage as an essential component of professional development. Recent research indicates that more than 6 in 10 companies are set to offer office etiquette classes by 2024. Businesses are unleashing the magic of charm school to weave an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

Interviewing? Tell Your Gen Z Candidates to Leave Mom or Dad at Home

16 January 2024

Interviewing? Tell Your Gen Z Candidates to Leave Mom or Dad at Home

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey conducted by Intelligent, an online magazine focusing on student life, revealed that some employers are open to offering older professionals enhanced benefits and higher salaries as an alternative to hiring recent college graduates. In what you’d think is satire, but is unbelievably true, is that according to the survey, 20% of recent college graduates brought a parent to an interview!

2024 HR Trends – Recruiting Takes the Number One Spot

9 January 2024

2024 HR Trends – Recruiting Takes the Number One Spot

Author: Linda Olejniczak

As organizations embark on 2024, they face a landscape of economic uncertainty, prompting the need for strategic foresight. In response to this challenge, ASE partner, McLean & Company, a renowned HR research and advisory firm, has released its annual HR Trends Report 2024.

Embrace Your Time Off with a Fun Out of Office Responder

9 January 2024

Embrace Your Time Off with a Fun Out of Office Responder

Author: Heather Nezich

When you take time off one of the last things you typically do before leaving is set your out of office responder.  It’s usually done in a hurry without much thought, right? Well, why not have some fun with it?

Non-union Employers Should Be Preparing for 2024

2 January 2024

Non-union Employers Should Be Preparing for 2024

Author: Michael Burns

As we closed out 2023, unions continued to win recognition elections at a rate of almost 75%. In 2023 this percentage is from 1,316 certification elections run nationally. This included an overall win rate in September, 2023 of 91%. This win rate was for recognition certification elections – also called RC elections.

Are Bachelor’s Degrees Losing Their Value in the Workplace?

19 December 2023

Are Bachelor’s Degrees Losing Their Value in the Workplace?

Author: Heather Nezich

Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, published a survey report that examines how companies have handled and plan to handle college degree requirements in 2024. The report also shares insight into the tools that are used to evaluate job candidates. In total, Intelligent.com surveyed 800 employers in the United States.    

Insights from the ASE 2024 National Business Trends Survey

28 November 2023

Insights from the ASE 2024 National Business Trends Survey

Author: Kevin Marrs

Employers appear optimistic heading into 2024. The recently released 2024 National Business Trends Survey by the Employer Associations of America (EAA) revealed that two-thirds of organizations are expressing confidence in the economy, a significant leap from the 49% reported in the 2023 survey. This positive sentiment is mirrored in executives' projections, with 72% anticipating flat to slight increases in sales and revenue for the upcoming year, compared to 53% in the previous report.
The Latest Trend: Overemployment

14 November 2023

The Latest Trend: Overemployment

Author: Mary E. Corrado

One of the latest trends in the workforce is overemployment, a trend in which people hold multiple full-time positions.  This is beyond moonlighting with a small, part-time job.  It’s as extreme as someone holding two, sometimes three full-time positions – meaning they are “on the clock” for multiple employers at once - unbeknownst to the employers.

Categories: Blog, Workforce Trends
Debunking the Hype: Pitfalls of the Four-Day Workweek

14 November 2023

Debunking the Hype: Pitfalls of the Four-Day Workweek

Author: Heather Nezich

The initial demands from the UAW included a 4-day workweek.  While that was eventually dropped during negotiations, many expect it will continue to come up in the future. A recent survey conducted by Gallup in collaboration with Bentley University revealed that 77% of respondents expressed that a four-day, 40-hour workweek would have a positive impact. However, once achieved, it doesn’t always have the positive effect expected.

Pet Insurance: A Tool for Recruitment and Retention

7 November 2023

Pet Insurance: A Tool for Recruitment and Retention

Author: Emily Price

In the competitive landscape of the modern job market, companies are constantly looking for innovative ways to attract and retain top talent. While traditional benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off remain essential, forward-thinking companies are now exploring unique and creative perks to stand out.

The Quiet Trend Continues with Quiet Cutting

26 September 2023

The Quiet Trend Continues with Quiet Cutting

Author: Heather Nezich

Over the past year we’ve had quiet quitting, loud quitting, quiet hiring, quiet firing, and quiet constraint.  Now we have quiet cutting which is the practice of reassigning employees to roles that do not align with their career aspirations, ultimately achieving workforce reduction through voluntary attrition. This allows companies to circumvent the expenses associated with severance packages or unemployment benefits.
Floating Holidays: A Win-Win Benefit

26 September 2023

Floating Holidays: A Win-Win Benefit

Author: Emily Price

Striking a balance between work and personal life has become increasingly challenging. As employers strive to be more inclusive and flexible, the concept of floating holidays has emerged as a valuable tool to help employees maintain a balance.

Is Your Organization Part of This Shocking Statistic?

15 August 2023

Is Your Organization Part of This Shocking Statistic?

Author: Heather Nezich

Half of your employees are looking to leave. Yes, we said half.  50%. This is according to the 2023 Global Workplace Status report.  Is your organization a victim of this statistic? You might not know until it’s too late.

Loud Quitting: Employees Aren’t Quiet About it Anymore

18 July 2023

Loud Quitting: Employees Aren’t Quiet About it Anymore

Author: Heather Nezich

From "Bare Minimum Mondays" to "Put Your Boss on Blast on TikTok Fridays," there's a bold new trend called loud quitting. Instead of resorting to quiet disengagement, employees are now using social media as a platform to voice their frustrations and announce their resignations in a very public manner. This new trend affects workplace morale, productivity, and employer reputation. 

The Newest “Quiet” Buzzword – Quiet Constraint

11 July 2023

The Newest “Quiet” Buzzword – Quiet Constraint

Author: Heather Nezich

First there was Quiet Quitting, now there is Quiet Constraint – corporate America's current hidden threat at work. According to data from Kahoot!’s recent Workplace Culture Report, over half (58%) of employees say that they withhold valuable knowledge they could share with their colleagues. The Gen Z generation exhibited this behavior more than any other generation, with 77% of Gen Zers reporting that they silently sit on beneficial information in the workplace.
Remote and Hybrid Work are Best for Mental Health According to New Workplace Insights Survey

27 June 2023

Remote and Hybrid Work are Best for Mental Health According to New Workplace Insights Survey

Author: Heather Nezich

According to FlexJobs’ 2023 Work Insights Survey of over 5,600 people, 96% of workers believe a remote or hybrid work arrangement is best for their mental health. Only 4% of workers thought being in an office full-time is best for their mental health. A decreased stress level was the top reported health benefit of remote work.

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