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5

Feb

2019

Press Play for Productivity

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Distractions come at us all day in the workplace.  It is no secret that distractions can stop productivity in its tracks.  To combat the distractions, you might try turning your phone to “do not disturb”, prioritizing projects, or closing your office door.  But have you ever tried putting on some headphones?  In their Music at Work Survey, Accountemps found that 85% of employees like to listen to music at work, and 71% think they are more productive at work...

11

Dec

2018

Employees Are Stressed Out

Author: Sara Sosnowski

This time of year many of your employees may experience increased stress levels due to the holidays.  But according to a recent survey by Korn Ferry, this stress isn’t the only extra pressure your employees have felt lately. 

9

Oct

2018

Are Your Employees Ready for Open Enrollment?

Author: Sara Sosnowski

According to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 Consumer Sentiment Survey, 77% of respondents with health benefits said they felt prepared to select their health plan during the upcoming open enrollment.  When looking at the different generations in the workforce, 81% of Baby Boomers felt prepared as well as 80% of Gen Xers. However, the Millennials reported feeling the least certain of the three generations with only 69% reporting that they are prepared.

7

Aug

2018

Work Environment Matters

Author: Sara Sosnowski

First it was replacing desk chairs with exercise balls, then it was open workspaces, now it is the standing desk.  Have all of these just been trends? Should employers let them come and go and not stray from the tried and true desk or cubicle? A new survey by Capital One suggests that employers need to pay attention to all of these trends because employees are becoming more concerned with the design of their workspace and citing it as a factor in their productivity and innovation.

29

May

2018

If You Guessed 3%, You’re Right – 2018 Compensation Survey Results

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Last week at the 8th annual Compensation & Benefits Conference, ASE released the long-awaited results of ASE’s 2018 Compensation Survey.  Those in attendance were able to get a first look at the results and historical trends.     

27

Mar

2018

2018 Graduates, Get Ready –They’re Coming

Author: Sara Sosnowski

In the next few months college graduates will be walking across the commencement stage and into your organizations.   According to ASE’s 2018 Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey, 73% of the respondents have hired a recent college graduate in the past year or plan to do so in 2018.  If you plan on hiring recent graduates this year, now is the time to take a look at your recruiting efforts as well as the criteria you use in making your...

23

Jan

2018

The Importance of Benchmarked Compensation Data

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Benchmarked compensation data provides organizations the information they need to make sound pay decisions for hiring, promotions, internal equity salary adjustments, and general compensation planning.

 

24

Oct

2017

Believe It or Not, The Holidays Are Coming

Author: Sara Sosnowski

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. 

22

Aug

2017

When to Start College Recruiting – NOW!

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Back to school time usually means summer vacations ending and heavier traffic on your way to work, but does it also mean time to start college recruiting?  Traditionally the end of the school year and graduation season kick-starts the hiring of college seniors, but a new survey by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry says by then your organization will be late to the game and will have already missed out on top candidates.  

8

Aug

2017

Telecommuting is Declining – Or Is It?

Author: Sara Sosnowski

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%.

30

May

2017

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Author: Sara Sosnowski

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies.  CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds.  Respondents blame...

28

Mar

2017

ASE’s Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey Paints a Rosy Picture for Area Manufacturers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Last month American Society of Employers released the results to its 2016 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016.  A close look at the data suggests strong improvements in the business outlook among employers in the Manufacturing and Goods Producing sector.  Thirty-seven percent of employers in that sector reported that their organization’s future (i.e., 6 to 12 months) business outlook had improved moderately or significantly.  Compared...

31

Jan

2017

Do Performance Reviews Lead to Improvements or Tears?

Author: Sara Sosnowski

A study completed by Adobe last month found that performance reviews are not having the affect that managers may think. After surveying 1,500 employees in the United States they found that almost 90% have regularly scheduled performance reviews. Of those employees, more than half said that the reviews have little to no impact on how they perform their job and even went so far as to say that the reviews are just a needless HR requirement.

13

Dec

2016

My Coworker Got Me Sick

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Last week Staples released the results of their 2016 Cold and Flu Survey.  In its seventh year, the survey found that even though employees and employers are aware of prevention techniques and the dangers of coming to work while ill, nearly 80% of employees still admitted that they went to work sick last year. 73% of employees claimed to have caught a cold or flu at work, and 32% blamed their coworkers for getting sick last year.

20

Sep

2016

ASE Healthcare Survey Results

Author: Sara Sosnowski

This year 229 organizations participated in ASE’s 2016 Healthcare Insurance Benefit Survey.  The survey covers a wide variety of employer-sponsored health insurance benefits including practices related to both traditional and High Deductible or Consumer-Driven Health Plans.  Highlights from this year’s survey include the following:

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