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22

Jan

2019

Top Technology Trends in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Today’s workplace continues to evolve due to ever changing technology advancements.  Some of the top trends include cybersecurity, remote work, voice search, cloud computing, and more.

15

Jan

2019

Is an 8-hour Work Day Productive?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the U.S., full-time employees generally work 40+ hours per week.  We work more than most first world nations including Germany, France, and England.  But are we as productive?

15

Jan

2019

Rethinking Hiring and Training

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Most employers have jobs that have certain requirements that must be met before the job can be filled.  Many times, it is an educational requirement.  If an employee wants to improve their opportunities within an organization, many employers provide tuition reimbursement up to the tax-exempt maximum of $5,250 a year.  However, these payments are made only after an employee has paid for, successfully taken the course, and received a “C” or better. 

18

Dec

2018

The Office Flu – What Causes It and How to Avoid It

Author: Heather Nezich

Every year, workplaces throughout the U.S. become incubators for the flu virus, with employees and employers likely fueling the flames, according to a new survey from Staples Business Advantage.  More than two in five employed adults (44%) reported contracting the flu last year, and 45% of those respondents blamed their colleagues – yet many workers and employers are failing to take proactive steps to prevent the disease’s spread.

11

Dec

2018

Remote Workers are Happier and More Productive

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 4.3 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 43% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated or happier and more engaged? 

11

Dec

2018

Tis the Season in the #MeToo Era – Fewer U.S. Companies Celebrate with Holiday Parties

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the holidays are a wonderful time of the year to let down your hair, blow off some steam, and boost morale within the office, employers must be cautious about legal liability that can result from sexual harassment complaints, drunken driving accidents, and property damage arising out of a holiday party.  According to a recent survey released by consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., fewer U.S. companies are celebrating with holiday parties this year with only 65% of...

4

Dec

2018

This Sugar Cookie Just Might be Your Key to a Great Hire

Author: Shannon Reed

Whether your preferences lean toward shortbread or gingerbread, this holiday season’s cookie exchange could possibly be the sourcing tool you are looking for. Sourcing “jam sessions” are a newer concept taking shape within organizations that welcome the input of their hiring managers, talent acquisition (TA) professionals, and subject matter experts into the selection process.  And they do it over food.

6

Nov

2018

Job Seekers are in Control – Can You Meet Their Expectations?

Author: Heather Nezich

Low unemployment and high demand for talent is creating a recruiting environment where job seekers and newly hired employees are in control. CareerBuilder and SilkRoad have released the results of a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll identifying job seekers' and new employees' expectations for hiring and onboarding.

29

Oct

2018

Paying Employees to Sleep

Author: Kevin Marrs

Looking to take your companies wellness program to the next level?  One Japanese company may have landed on an idea to do just that.  Bloomberg reported that the wedding organizer firm Crazy Inc. is paying its employees to get a good night’s sleep.  Employees who sleep at least six hours a night for at least five nights will be awarded redeemable points for food in the company’s cafeteria.  According to the report, the sleep is tracked by an app made by a...

29

Oct

2018

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party Become a House of Horrors

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Celebrating Halloween in America has become a huge holiday.  In 2018 Halloween retail spending will be $9 billion which is only slightly less than 2017’s all-time record high of $9.1 billion.  Approximately 175 million will celebrate Halloween spending on average $86.79 per person.  As Halloween has become the 2nd biggest commercial holiday in America, Halloween parties at work are also on the rise.  Recent studies have shown that celebrating Halloween is a great...

25

Sep

2018

Workplace Productivity Trends - Are Employees More Productive in the Office or at Home?

Author: Heather Nezich

Jabra, the global leader in audio and communication technology, recently revealed the top workplace productivity trends for 2018. The trends are based on a survey among business professionals in the U.S., UK, Germany, and France.

18

Sep

2018

The Opioid Epidemic – What To Do When You Have Reasonable Suspicion

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—has become a national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year,...

11

Sep

2018

RIP, Resume

Author: Shannon Reed

It’s been the calling card of any job seeker.  From the French origin, résumé, meaning “summary,” Leonardo DiVinci is credited as the first one to use such a document when he was seeking a commission in 1482

14

Aug

2018

Could Apprenticeships be an Answer to the Skills Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

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.

31

Jul

2018

Engaged Employees, Even Millennials, Are Less Likely to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

Employees today are more likely to job hop than ever before.  Millennials in particular have earned, whether legitimate or not, a reputation for job hopping.  But the latest research shows that if employees, even Millennials, are engaged and have learning opportunities in the workplace, they are less likely to leave.

31

Jul

2018

Drop the Skills and Chill?

Author: Shannon Reed

The Wall Street Journal got people talking last week about a recruiting trend:  downskilling. Coined by Alicia Modestino of Northeastern University, the concepts of downskilling are simple in theory:  lessen the former favored “four-year college degree” and requisite experience to broaden your overall talent pool.

24

Jul

2018

Working Parents are Feeling More Balanced

Author: Heather Nezich

Being a working parent can be especially challenging in the summer.  But according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the majority of working parents feel that it is possible to have it all. Of workers who have a child living at home, 78% say it's possible to be equally successful in your career and as a parent.

10

Jul

2018

What One Company Learned from Testing Mandated Vacation Time

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from Project: Time Off, jumping up nearly a half-day (.4 days) from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since bottoming out at 16 days in 2014.  But there is still more room for improvement as many Americans (52%) left vacation time unused in 2017 (down from 54% in 2016). Further, nearly a quarter (24%) of...

19

Jun

2018

Use of Employee Personal Devices for Work

Author: Michael Burns

Allowing employees to use their own personal electronic devices for doing work presents compliance concerns. From the human resources compliance perspective, employers’ concern is often focused on non-exempt employees being paid legally for working off the clock by responding to emails, texts, and phone calls after hours. Other compliance concerns include performance management, discrimination, harassment, privacy, and safety.

19

Jun

2018

Standing Desks – Should Employers Be Providing Them?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several years ago, all the rage was the use of exercise balls to replace the traditional office chair.  The idea was that the unsteadiness of the exercise ball required the user to engage their core muscles to maintain a stable sitting position.  The result was supposed to be that the user burned more calories than they would sitting in a traditional office chair.  Virtually all later research showed that exercise balls as chairs caused more problems than solutions, and most...

12

Jun

2018

AI and TA - A Threat or Your New Best Friend?

Author: Shannon Reed

What used to be the plot of a futuristic movie or sci-fi novel has now become everyday news.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is nipping at the heels of many professions, offering a faster, more reliable, objective, and nearly perfect methodology for doing the work that human brains have been doing.  No longer is it simply about automation, AI is now being thought of as a “must have” to gain and keep a competitive edge in businesses of all kinds.

5

Jun

2018

Delaying Retirement – A Benefit for Both Employees and Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI) study “Selecting the Right Carrots: How Employers Can Incent Employees to Delay Retirement,” encouraging employees to delay retirement benefits both the employer and the employee. 

 

29

May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

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.     

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