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Study Reveals Changes to the Traditional 9-to-5 Day

31 May 2022

Study Reveals Changes to the Traditional 9-to-5 Day

Author: Kevin Marrs

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...
ASE Releases Employee Turnover Survey Highlighting Great Resignation Woes

12 April 2022

ASE Releases Employee Turnover Survey Highlighting Great Resignation Woes

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

Higher Wages Alone Not Likely to Improve Labor Participation

8 March 2022

Higher Wages Alone Not Likely to Improve Labor Participation

Author: Kevin Marrs

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...
Remote Work in the Future Endemic

25 January 2022

Remote Work in the Future Endemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

The Data Behind the Great Resignation

16 November 2021

The Data Behind the Great Resignation

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.
New ASE Surveys Now Available – A Look at Salary Budgets and Employee Turnover

28 September 2021

New ASE Surveys Now Available – A Look at Salary Budgets and Employee Turnover

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.
Treatment for COVID-19 May Result in Hefty Medical Bills for Employees as Insurance Companies Remove Waivers

31 August 2021

Treatment for COVID-19 May Result in Hefty Medical Bills for Employees as Insurance Companies Remove Waivers

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.  
Worker Pay Jumps, Government Data Shows

3 August 2021

Worker Pay Jumps, Government Data Shows

Author: Kevin Marrs

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. 

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

1 June 2021

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

20 April 2021

2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

New Report Shows How Virtual Recruitment is Impacting New College Grads

9 March 2021

New Report Shows How Virtual Recruitment is Impacting New College Grads

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

26 January 2021

Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

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.

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

1 December 2020

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

Author: Kevin Marrs

In the just released 2021 National Business Trends Survey from the Employer Associations of America (EAA), 44% of executives expect the overall outlook for the 2021 economy to be improving. This annual survey shares information on what executives nationally are doing to address the changing business climate. Survey responses also reflect the impact COVID-19 has had on this year’s business trends.

Parenting During the Pandemic

20 October 2020

Parenting During the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to Cleo, a parenting benefits company, working parents in the U.S. are losing a cumulative 720 million hours each week to stress, anxiety, and caregiving.  This is according to their State of Working Parents Study published in late September.
HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

8 September 2020

HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

Author: Kevin Marrs

Have you ever thought of becoming a Distraction Prevention Coach or perhaps an HR Data Detective?  How about a WFH Facilitator?  Well, according to Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace these jobs might become common place in HR departments.
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