3 January 2023
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reports that wages for workers who remained at their employment increased 5.5% in November compared to a year earlier.
23 August 2022
ASE released its 2022 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey. The annual survey, covering Michigan employers, examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.
12 July 2022
Wages among Detroit area tech startups fall short of other cities according to a report from Carta. In fact, the California-based technology software company revealed that Detroit area tech workers earn just 77% of what they would make in the metro areas of San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and San Jose, California. These cities were identified as the areas with the highest pay packages.
31 May 2022
Researchers from Microsoft studying workplace trends have revealed an interesting trend. A trend that will hit close to home for anyone accustomed to logging in after hours. An analysis of keystrokes from a sample of Microsoft employees showed that there was a third peak of work activity starting around 9:00 o’clock in the evening. Their research suggests that the traditional 9-to-5 workday is fading, and more workers may be redesigning their day to meet the demands of work...
12 April 2022
Employers of all types are facing unprecedented employee retention challenges. With the recently released Employee Turnover Survey, we now have some concrete data to show just how significant these challenges were in 2021.
8 March 2022
The inevitable reaction to worker shortages and an increase in labor demands has been higher wages. As the theory goes, employers meet the challenge of these two forces by increasing wages to reach a new equilibrium. However, the pandemic has resulted in a sort of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland scenario where nothing is at it should be. In fact, according to research outlined by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, wage growth alone is unlikely to return labor force...
25 January 2022
We are still waiting for the moment where we feel confident to say the worst of COVID is behind us and it’s downgraded to an endemic. When that happens, we will take stock of the pandemic’s legacy on the workplace. A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research makes the case that remote work will be one of those artifacts from the pandemic.
16 November 2021
Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary. This most recent report sheds some light on the great resignation and reveals what many have assumed. Employee quit rates are at an all time high. Specifically, the federal agency reported that 4.4 million people left their jobs in September, and the annual quit rate stands at 3% for the month, a series high.
28 September 2021
Access to timely information has always been a necessity. This fact has been made more relevant given the ongoing pandemic and resulting labor dynamics. ASE strives to bring its members timely benchmarking information, and we are pleased to release two key surveys this week to the membership.
31 August 2021
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has strained our healthcare system. Now as the pandemic enters a new resurgence in the United States and hospitalizations increase, employers and their employees might be in for a surprise: hefty medical bills.
3 August 2021
On Friday, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data from its Employment Cost Index. The data confirms what many employers are experiencing; wages are increasing. On a national basis, costs for wages and salaries among private industry increased 3.5%. This is the largest increase in more than 14 years.
1 June 2021
ASE has released the results of our most recent COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. The COVID-19 Return to Work Survey, launched on May 13, 2021 and examined employers’ plans around return to work.
20 April 2021
The impact of the pandemic on college recruitment has been significant. According to a recently released survey by the online employment website Monster, nearly half (45%) of the class of 2020 are still looking for work. This impact is likely familiar to those who had the misfortune of graduating college during past recessions.
9 March 2021
A recent Forbes article pointed to the impact of the pandemic on talent acquisition. The article, among other highlights, suggested that the digital transformation of talent acquisition is well underway and here to stay. While this may not come as a surprise for some who are well into their journey, there is some evidence that employers need to do more for certain groups of applicants, namely college graduates.
26 January 2021
Looking for ways to attract talent, some employers saw the student loan debt challenge as a potential recruitment tool and began offering student loan repayment assistance. Historically, the benefit has not been overwhelmingly popular with employers.