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14

Nov

2017

Is It Time for More Mindfulness Training at Work?

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may provide employers another reason to look closely at mindfulness training for their organization.  Their research showed that mindfulness exercises can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.  Specifically, the researchers found that acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is essential for the stress reduction effects.

14

Nov

2017

Flu Season is Upon Us

Author: Heather Nezich

With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season.  An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity.  Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.

7

Nov

2017

Workers are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that stress in America is at an all-time high.   While main sources of stress for more than 66% of the respondents tend to be about our country’s future and political issues, money and work still tend to be major stressors.

24

Oct

2017

Believe It or Not, The Holidays Are Coming

Author: Sara Pebbles

If you aren’t happy that Christmas decorations are in stores before Halloween then you aren’t going to like what I am going to say next.  It’s time to start planning the office holiday party. 

26

Sep

2017

“Paw-ternity” Leave? Have Employer Benefits Jumped the Shark?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the US employers are trying to stay competitive with basic or extended maternity leave, and more progressive employers now offer paternity leave as well.  But a business in Scotland is now offering “paw-ternity” leave for new pet owners.

19

Sep

2017

Enough About Millennials - Generation Z is Entering the Workforce

Author: Heather Nezich

Just when we think we have Millennials figured out and have designed engagement and retention programs around them, in comes Generation Z.  Is Generation Z really that different than Millennials?

12

Sep

2017

Optimism Over Economic Outlook Declining Among Michigan Employers

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to ASE’s recently released Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter, Michigan employers have grown less optimistic about their future business outlook compared to data collected earlier this year.  Specifically, the percentage of employers who anticipate improvements to future business conditions is at just 26% – its second lowest point since 2009.

12

Sep

2017

How Trump’s DACA Decision Impacts Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) established by President Obama by executive order in 2012 has impact on employers.  The program now covers 787,580 people who have been approved for the program, according to the latest government figures.  To be eligible, applicants had to have arrived in the US before age 16 and have lived here since June 15, 2007. They could not have been older than 30 when the Department of Homeland...

5

Sep

2017

Maternity Concierge Service New Benefit to Help Retain New Moms

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Open enrollment season is rapidly approaching, and for many employers late summer and early fall is the time of year when benefit packages are reviewed for competitiveness.  Fifth Third Bank has recently rolled out a new benefit specifically aimed at retaining employees that are new moms - a maternity concierge service.

29

Aug

2017

ASE Healthcare Survey Reveals Telemedicine as the Number One Cost-Saving Measure for Employers

Author: Heather Nezich

ASE recently released the results of our 2017 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey.  48% of Michigan employers surveyed have either implemented or plan to implement telemedicine services in 2017.  This is a rising trend in healthcare that encompasses two-way video, email, smartphones, and other technology to make a virtual diagnosis.

22

Aug

2017

Why Millennials Quit Jobs They Actually Like

Author: Heather Nezich

Just to be sure you caught what the title states – millennials are quitting jobs they LIKE.    A new study by Qualtrics and Accel found that 74% of millennials who like their jobs plan to leave within the next three years.  Why would anyone quit a job they actually enjoy and are happy at?

22

Aug

2017

Expanded Bereavement Leave – The Latest Trend in Employee Benefits

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Over the last several years organizations, especially in Silicon Valley, compete with each other by offering expanded parental leave benefits or unlimited PTO policies as a way to attract and retain talent.   Over the last several months the newest growing trend in leave benefits is offering expanded time off for bereavement.

22

Aug

2017

Should an Employer Fire a Worker that Engages in Extreme Off-duty Activity or Speech?

Author: Michael Burns

With the racist rallies in Charlottesville resulting in a death and a multitude of injuries, the nation is taking a hard look at hate speech and those that express extreme or controversial views on issues of politics, race, gender, ethnicity, religion or any social or belief issues that polarize. This introspection is entering the workplace as employers ask whether they have to tolerate or even employ someone that holds and expresses extreme views – even if not communicated in the...

15

Aug

2017

Study Projects Over 8 Million U.S. Jobs Will be Created in the Next Five Years

Author: Michael Burns

CareerBuilder recently published a study that sees 8.1 million new jobs being added to the U.S. between this year and 2022. This will be slightly offset due to projections that in the same time frame over 302,000 jobs will go away. This creates a net U.S. job growth of 5% over the next five years. 

15

Aug

2017

Organizations Need to Get Creative in Order to Attract and Retain Employees

Author: Heather Nezich

Companies can no longer compete for talent with traditional offerings and expect new hires to stay long term. In a 2016 iCIMS study, 400 U.S. full-time employees were surveyed to discover the factors that lead to job satisfaction as well as motivations for leaving an organization.  

8

Aug

2017

Wisconsin Company First in Nation to Implant Microchips in Employees

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It sounds like something right out of a sci-fi movie, but a Wisconsin company is the first in the nation to implant microchips that use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology under the skin of their employees.  As of August 1, 2017, employees of the Wisconsin-based technology company, Three Square Market (also called 32M), can opt-in to have a chip the size of a grain of rice injected under their skin between their thumb and index finger.

8

Aug

2017

Telecommuting is Declining – Or Is It?

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results to its 2016 American Time Use Survey. It reported that in 2016 the percentage of employed people who did all or some of their work from home dropped slightly from 2015 to 22%.

25

Jul

2017

Non-Compete Agreement Battle Continues Around Country

Author: Michael Burns

Non-compete agreements are a common employer approach to protecting their business from customer poaching, losing business process secrets, and losing valuable employees. These agreements have always been somewhat controversial because they can be used to restrict employment opportunities. 

18

Jul

2017

HR Staff Ratios are Growing

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to data issued by Bloomberg BNA in its "HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2017" report the size of HR departments is growing.  Their report, which includes benchmark data from nearly 700 HR professionals of U.S. employers, suggests that the median ratio of HR staff to total employee headcount is at an all-time high of 1.4 full-time equivalent HR employees for every 100 workers served by the HR department.

18

Jul

2017

Are Americans Finally Using Their Vacation Time?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the Project: Time Off report, The State of the American Vacation 2017, it appears that Americans might finally be starting to use their vacation time.  For years, vacation time usage has been on the decline in the U.S., but the 2017 report shows some optimistic results.

11

Jul

2017

To Ask or Not to Ask

Author: Heather Nezich

The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it.  It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.

11

Jul

2017

Is Agile Management the Future?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers.  For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace.  However, the tide appears to be turning.

20

Jun

2017

Do you Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Friday, June 23rd is the 19th annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and many employers will be recognizing the day by allowing their employees to bring Fido into the office. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTW Day) was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999. PSI created the day to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each year to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups, and humane...

20

Jun

2017

Online Persona vs. Resume – Which Wins?

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring.  Just one year ago that number was only 60%.  Is a person’s online persona becoming as important as their resume?

6

Jun

2017

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself.  He was fired in April by his former employer.  According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them.  While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...
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