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25

Feb

2020

Is Home the New Office?

Author: Heather Nezich

Staying at home may be the best way to get the most done at work, according to a new Korn Ferry survey of professionals regarding working virtually.

25

Feb

2020

A New Gig: New Laws Surrounding This Workforce

Author: Anonym

In the 2018 article, The Gig Economy-Is Employment in the U.S. Changing?, we discussed the details of a trending form of employment that was sweeping the U.S. workforce. The article described a study by Intuit predicting that by 2020, 40% of American workers would be independent contractors.

18

Feb

2020

Shadow Boards – A Fresh Perspective

Author: Heather Nezich

Shadow boards are a new concept where organizations put together a group of non-executive employees that work with senior management on strategic initiatives.  They help organizations solve two problems – disengaged younger workers and keeping up with changing market conditions.

11

Feb

2020

Are You Ready for HR Disruption?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

From technology to employee and applicant expectation, HR is never going to be the same.  And depending on the administrations, additional costs and burdens will have to be accounted for, while working with a much smaller staff and budget.  An election is coming up again-2016 déjà vu it seems. Technology is moving so fast, and budgets cannot keep up.

4

Feb

2020

Super Monday – The Impact of Unplanned Absenteeism

Author: Anonym

Whether your team won or lost on Sunday, Super Bowl LIV may seem to be a distant memory; however,  a recent survey conducted by Workforce Institute at Kronos indicates that effects of Super Bowl Sunday are not memories, but rather an event that can wreak havoc for your company for quite some time. Monday, February 3rd, was the largest-ever anticipated day of Super Bowl-related absenteeism since 2005.

21

Jan

2020

McLean & Company Releases 2020 HR Trends Report

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE’s partner, McLean & Company, has released the ASE edition of its 2020 HR Trends Report.  This report highlights ways traditional HR practices and assumptions are being challenged as we transition into this new decade.

10

Dec

2019

Engaging Remote Workers in Meetings

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For remote workers, meeting engagement can be a challenge.  If the meetings are mixed live and virtual, it may be difficult for the remote worker to participate or identify the signs of the atmosphere of the meeting, even if a video feed is used by the entire audience. 

10

Dec

2019

Should the Office Secret Santa be Banned? 1/3 of Millennials Say Yes

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a recent UK study from Jobsite, 35% of Millennials would like for the annual office Secret Santa gift exchange to be banned.  One of the many reasons Millennials provided for feeling this way is the pressure of the holiday tradition and the anxiety that it triggers.  Some of the issues they face include:

26

Nov

2019

Is a Four-day Workweek Right for Your Organization?

Author: Jason Rowe

With the unemployment rate at a record low, employers are looking for new ways to stand out. Employee well-being is at the top of the list. According to ASE’s Workplace Flexibility Survey, it is not uncommon for organizations to offer flexible hours (83%) or telecommuting (62%) options to their staff, but only 23% of Michigan employers offer compressed workweeks. Could this be changing soon?

26

Nov

2019

The Risks of Co-Working Spaces

Author: Anthony Kaylin

WeWork and other office share places are growing exponentially.  WeWork in many cities is becoming the number one tenant in many office buildings.   These services provide everything from headquarter space, office suites, private offices, and shared office spaces.  Generally, these services provide fast internet, full office access (e.g. printers, etc.), refreshments (including alcoholic refreshments), lunch and learns, and more. 

19

Nov

2019

Still More Electronic Device Security Concerns

Author: Michael Burns

ASE regularly reports on electronic communications policy concerns and developments so our members can maintain their best policy and practices as well as make adjustments to their policies when necessary.

19

Nov

2019

Coworking Spaces Help Local U.S. Economies

Author: Heather Nezich

Coworking spaces used to be only found in large metropolitan areas.  But today they are found in smaller, suburban communities as flexible work continues to become the norm.  The increasing migration of flexible office space and coworking locations to areas outside of major metropolitan cities is creating a 'flex economy' that could contribute more than $127 billion to U.S. local communities in the next decade, according to the first comprehensive socio-economic study of suburban...

12

Nov

2019

The 15 Most Exaggerated Job Titles of 2019

Author: Heather Nezich

Last week we wrote about the importance of having clear job titles to reduce gender bias.  On a similar note, Fitsmallbusiness.com recently released a list of the 15 most inflated titles of 2019, which, if anything, is worth the laugh:

29

Oct

2019

Should You Use Pay Advance Apps?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Financial wellness is a major issue for today’s employees.  According to Gallup, financial wellness is "effectively managing your economic life." This simple concept encompasses many factors, including:  spending within one's means, being financially prepared for emergencies, having access to the information and tools necessary to make good financial decisions, and having a plan for the future. Overall, it’s all about financial security, which all employees regardless of...

22

Oct

2019

Are Dress Codes Necessary?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Likely yes, but the question is to what extent should it control the clothes worn to work.  A new study by Randstad said 33% of employees responding would not only leave their job if they were required to follow a conservative dress code, but they would also forgo a $5,000 salary bump to be able to dress casually. 

8

Oct

2019

Six Trends for 2020 Open Enrollment

Author: Heather Nezich

In the coming weeks, millions of employees and their families will be making important decisions about their health care and other employee benefits for 2020. The National Business Group on Health (NBGH), using data from its annual Large Employer Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey, has unveiled six trends employees can expect to see in their open enrollment packages.

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: Anonym

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...
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