3

Sep

2019

Merit Increase Budgets Remain Steady at 3%

Author: Kevin Marrs

Apparently, we can now add 3% merit increase budgets to death and taxes as certainties in life.  The American Society of Employers released its 2019/2020 Salary Budget Survey last week.  The data for this year’s survey shows that median projected merit budgets (across all employee classifications) for 2020 is 3%.  This is identical to the 3% actual increase seen in 2019.

3

Sep

2019

The Explosion of Employee Monitoring Technology

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Innovation and the sophistication of employee tracking technology has grown exponentially over the last several years opening up a wide range of options for employers to track their employees' activities.   Some of the earliest technology that employers implemented included video cameras, phone listening, and keyboard stroke recording.  Technology from there evolved to the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices installed in vehicles, laptops, or through apps installed...

27

Aug

2019

The T’s – Technology and Telecommuting Continue to Be Rising Themes in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research by Condeco presented in The Modern Workplace 2019: People, Places & Technology.

6

Aug

2019

Preparing for the Generation Z Workforce

Author: Keisha Ward

We now understand and have embraced the vast workplace changes experienced by the millennial generation, arguably the most workforce altering generation yet. We will have an opportunity to offer a fair analysis as we prepare for the entrance of a new generation of tech savvy, independent, free spirited individuals. It is now time for organizations to shift gears and focus attention on a rapidly approaching game changer called Generation Z (Gen Z).

23

Jul

2019

Biometric Lawsuit Business Growing

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Since Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, it has given rise to protections to employees who felt that the employer’s biometric intrusions violated their privacy.  In 2019, however, biometric litigation floodgates were opened by the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 2019 Ill. Lexis 7 (Ill. Jan. 25, 2019).  Although this is an Illinois law, Michigan is considering similar legislation...

23

Jul

2019

Is Traditional Office Space Going Away?

Author: Heather Nezich

With the growing popularity and demand for remote work, coworking space is expected to show continued growth over the next several years.  Younger workers favor flexible office space over traditional office settings, according to BBG, a leading commercial real estate due diligence firm.

16

Jul

2019

Culture Beats Salary

Author: Heather Nezich

A new survey by Glassdoor shows that more than three-quarters (77%) of adults would consider a company's culture before applying for a job there, and well over half (56%) say company culture is more important than salary when it comes to job satisfaction.

16

Jul

2019

Is Phased Retirement a Way to Handle the Worker Shortage?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given the new employment scenario – unemployment at 3.6% and the number of jobs advertised exceeding the number of available workers, HR has to be creative.  Coupled with baby boomers retiring at about 10,000 per day, employers are facing both the loss of irreplaceable workers as well as a knowledge fund that can sustain the business as it adapts to various disruptions, whether technology or demand.

9

Jul

2019

Digital Addiction in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Technology over the past decade has found its way into practically every part of our daily lives.  It has transformed how we communicate, the way we interact through social media, the access we have to information, how we shop, and how we conduct business – just to name a few examples.  You look around anywhere these days, and people are staring at their electronic devices, and many feel helpless without them.  As a result of this heavy dependence on technology, it should...

25

Jun

2019

How Does an Aging Workforce Affect the Economy?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Not retiring appears to be a bad thing in the eyes of younger workers.  An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study of 1,423 adults conducted in February of this year found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development.  About 4 in 10 respondents ages 18 to 49 and 44% of the youngest respondents ages 18 to 29 said they consider the trend to be a bad thing for American workers. ...

11

Jun

2019

Summer Fridays - All Play No Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

55% percent of organizations in North America will offer their employees “Summer Fridays” this year, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. This is a 9% increase from the number of North American organizations that offered Summer Fridays in 2018.

11

Jun

2019

Student Loan Help is More Important Than 401k Contributions for Younger Workers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It seems like a never-ending quest for employers to figure out what young workers are looking for and what they value.  With nearly two million students projected to graduate with degrees this year, they are having to evaluate their employment opportunities and the benefits that they offer.

4

Jun

2019

States Across U.S. Adopt Myriad of Wage and Benefit Laws

Author: Michael Burns

Late last year Michigan passed a minimum wage increase that increased this state’s minimum wage for the next 10 years. It also passed the Paid Medical Leave Act requiring employers with over 50 employees to provide five paid days off.

4

Jun

2019

Bridging the Skills Gap to Improve Hiring

Author: Keisha Ward

Last year SHRM CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr. launched a national conversation surrounding the need to close the skills gap – a critical issue that affects all employers and employees.

4

Jun

2019

Why They Quit You

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Payscale entitled Why They Quit You shows the top reason employees leave their job is a bigger paycheck. However, when employees were asked what attracted them to a new position, ‘the opportunity to do more meaningful work’ was the most common response.

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