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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...

25

Jun

2019

How Does an Aging Workforce Affect the Economy?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Not retiring appears to be a bad thing in the eyes of younger workers.  An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study of 1,423 adults conducted in February of this year found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development.  About 4 in 10 respondents ages 18 to 49 and 44% of the youngest respondents ages 18 to 29 said they consider the trend to be a bad thing for American workers. ...

11

Jun

2019

Summer Fridays - All Play No Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

55% percent of organizations in North America will offer their employees “Summer Fridays” this year, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. This is a 9% increase from the number of North American organizations that offered Summer Fridays in 2018.

11

Jun

2019

Student Loan Help is More Important Than 401k Contributions for Younger Workers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It seems like a never-ending quest for employers to figure out what young workers are looking for and what they value.  With nearly two million students projected to graduate with degrees this year, they are having to evaluate their employment opportunities and the benefits that they offer.

4

Jun

2019

States Across U.S. Adopt Myriad of Wage and Benefit Laws

Author: Michael Burns

Late last year Michigan passed a minimum wage increase that increased this state’s minimum wage for the next 10 years. It also passed the Paid Medical Leave Act requiring employers with over 50 employees to provide five paid days off.

4

Jun

2019

Bridging the Skills Gap to Improve Hiring

Author: Keisha Ward

Last year SHRM CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr. launched a national conversation surrounding the need to close the skills gap – a critical issue that affects all employers and employees.

4

Jun

2019

Why They Quit You

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Payscale entitled Why They Quit You shows the top reason employees leave their job is a bigger paycheck. However, when employees were asked what attracted them to a new position, ‘the opportunity to do more meaningful work’ was the most common response.

4

Jun

2019

Where are the Workers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The April 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an unemployment rate of 3.6% with 263,000 new jobs. These job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance. However, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.2 million in April and accounted for 21.1% of the unemployed. The all-important labor force participation rate declined by 0.2% age point to 62.8% in April. The...

28

May

2019

Does Under Utilization of Vacation Time Help or Hinder an Organization?

Author: Susan Chance

As we head into summer most of us are dreaming of taking time off to enjoy the warm weather and the pursuits that come with it. We get excited about having an extra day or two off for the long holiday weekends, but is an extra day or two enough to truly recharge our batteries?

28

May

2019

Ghosting: The New Norm

Author: Heather Nezich

A new social norm appears to be highly prevalent in the employer arena: ghosting.  It may be that an applicant is scheduled for an interview but never shows up.  An offer is made and start date agreed, but the applicant/employee does not show up on the first day.  Or employees leave work to never return.   The only way to find out that the employee is no longer working is through numerous attempts to contact, but nothing is ever found out.

21

May

2019

Workplaces’ Biggest Distractions

Author: Jason Rowe

More than half of Gen Z (55%) and Millennials (56%) say they want open offices, despite the associated distractions, according to a new study from Future Workplace commissioned by unified communications company Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT). The findings highlight how the four generations at work today think about their workplace environments, including what drives productivity, how they function in the office, and how they handle distraction.

14

May

2019

Summer Hour Programs on the Rise

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the weather recently hasn’t exactly been warm, Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and it marks the unofficial start of summer.  As the rain will eventually (we hope) start to let up, the attention of many employees will turn to thoughts of getting outdoors, spending more time with family, and having some downtime to unplug and recharge.  One benefit that is dramatically on the rise are employers who have implemented a summer hours program.

14

May

2019

“I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends…”

Author: Michael Burns

Did you know friendship as a hiring factor can beat off a discrimination allegation? A recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling affirms other court decisions holding the same.

14

May

2019

Well-being Plans are on the Rise in 2019 and Include Financial Incentives

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll revealed that 64.2% of our readers’ organizations offer a formal wellness or well-being program.  Large employers are expected to spend an average of $3.6 million on wellness plans in 2019 to help create a healthier and more productive workforce, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments. The annual Health and Well-Being Survey found that 40% of these budgets will be applied to providing...

7

May

2019

Younger Generations are Reshaping the Future of Work

Author: Heather Nezich

Upwork’s third annual Future Workforce Report found that 48% of younger generation managers (composed of Millennials primarily, with early Gen Z managers included as well) are director-level or higher already, showing they have major influence on workforce planning. This influence will only grow with these younger generations making up 58% of the workforce by 2028, an increase of 38% from today.

23

Apr

2019

The Future of Work – More Freelancers?

Author: Heather Nezich

Upwork and Freelancers Union recently released the results of “Freelancing in America: 2018” (FIA), the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The fifth annual study estimates that 56.7 million Americans freelance, an increase of 3.7 million in the past five years. ​ ​

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...
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