9

Apr

2019

Study Shows Young People Have Major Misconceptions About Trade School

Author: Heather Nezich

A survey conducted by BigRentz, a construction equipment rental company, found that a majority of young Americans ages 18 to 24 do not believe they can get a high-paying job from attending trade school.

9

Apr

2019

Traditional Benefits Are Not Enough - Employees Want More

Author: Sara Sosnowski

According to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019, 80% of employers agree that benefits play an important role in workplace culture, and 78% say that benefits even help employees to be more productive.  Benefits are also an important factor when it comes to attracting new talent with 6 in 10 employees citing benefits as an important reason why they joined their company.  But if benefits are so important, why are only 67% of employees satisfied with...

19

Mar

2019

Workplace Flexibility on the Rise

Author: Jason Rowe

Michigan employers see value in providing their employees flexible work arrangements, with two-thirds offering some form of the benefit. Over half of employers market their flexibility arrangements as an employee benefit to attract new talent, as is shown in ASE’s recently released Workplace Flexibility Survey.

12

Mar

2019

Can a Reduced Work Week Increase Productivity and Engagement?

Author: Shannon Reed

Recently, there’s been lots of discussions about the average work week of an American worker.  As an industrialized nation, work-life policies in the U.S. tend to lag behind other industrialized nations.  Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the basic construct of our work week.

12

Mar

2019

Hiring Needs Continue to Rise in 2019

Author: Heather Nezich

CareerBuilder released the findings of its annual hiring study, which revealed that 40% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2019, and 47% plan to recruit part-time workers. The war for talent continues on.

26

Feb

2019

New Survey Highlights Trends Within the HR Career

Author: Heather Nezich

Namely, the leading HR platform for mid-sized companies, has published its annual HR Careers Report, which offers insights into the human resource profession around demographics, diversity, pay, and more. 

26

Feb

2019

Personalization and Technology Can Improve Well-Being Outcomes

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to a recently released survey by Welltok, a leading consumer health SaaS company, more than half of workers (56%) say the health and well-being programs offered by their employers are irrelevant, suggesting that current efforts by employers to enhance well-being among their staff may be misplaced.

19

Feb

2019

Which Unique Benefits are Being Used the Most by Employees?

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers are increasingly broadening their scope of employee benefits to meet the changing demands of the workforce. Telemedicine, employee discount programs, and elder-care resources top the list of most used employee benefits in 2018.

19

Feb

2019

Paid Time off for Parental Leave is on the Rise

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While Michigan employers are preparing for the new Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act that takes effect on March 29th, another paid leave benefit is on the rise.  Employers offering paid parental leave benefits rose significantly between 2016 and 2018 according to SHRM.  Employers offering paid maternity leave increased from 26% to 35% in 2018, and paid paternity leave increased from 21% to 29% during that same time period.  Paid adoption leave increased from 20% to 28%, foster child...

22

Jan

2019

Top Technology Trends in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Today’s workplace continues to evolve due to ever changing technology advancements.  Some of the top trends include cybersecurity, remote work, voice search, cloud computing, and more.

15

Jan

2019

Is an 8-hour Work Day Productive?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the U.S., full-time employees generally work 40+ hours per week.  We work more than most first world nations including Germany, France, and England.  But are we as productive?

15

Jan

2019

Rethinking Hiring and Training

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Most employers have jobs that have certain requirements that must be met before the job can be filled.  Many times, it is an educational requirement.  If an employee wants to improve their opportunities within an organization, many employers provide tuition reimbursement up to the tax-exempt maximum of $5,250 a year.  However, these payments are made only after an employee has paid for, successfully taken the course, and received a “C” or better. 

18

Dec

2018

The Office Flu – What Causes It and How to Avoid It

Author: Heather Nezich

Every year, workplaces throughout the U.S. become incubators for the flu virus, with employees and employers likely fueling the flames, according to a new survey from Staples Business Advantage.  More than two in five employed adults (44%) reported contracting the flu last year, and 45% of those respondents blamed their colleagues – yet many workers and employers are failing to take proactive steps to prevent the disease’s spread.

11

Dec

2018

Remote Workers are Happier and More Productive

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 4.3 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 43% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated or happier and more engaged? 

11

Dec

2018

Tis the Season in the #MeToo Era – Fewer U.S. Companies Celebrate with Holiday Parties

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the holidays are a wonderful time of the year to let down your hair, blow off some steam, and boost morale within the office, employers must be cautious about legal liability that can result from sexual harassment complaints, drunken driving accidents, and property damage arising out of a holiday party.  According to a recent survey released by consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., fewer U.S. companies are celebrating with holiday parties this year with only 65% of...
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