For the second straight month, 342 of the United States’ 372 metropolitan areas reported year-to-year unemployment rate decreases, according to the BLS’ “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – April 2012” report.
Private sector hiring was a bit disappointing last month, as only half of the nation’s 10 major industry groups reported employment increases. In all, the construction, government, information, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services industries recorded job losses in May.
From December 2011 to February 2012, the national economy generated an average of 252,000 new jobs per month. Since then, only 96,000 new jobs have been added to the economy each month, on average.
When I took on my new role as On-Site Manager, I inherited my very first employee-with-a-dotted-line responsibility. I’m not technically her supervisor; but she will look to me for training, guidance and new tasks. They often say that people don’t leave jobs: they leave bosses; so I was intent on making sure that she would like […] Read Article “Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work”
Recruiting is like baseball; hit the ball with a small wooden bat 33% percent of the time and you are an all-star. You might fail the other 67% of the time but it will be your failures that you’ll learn from and eventually drive your success. Everybody wants to win and while winning isn’t everything […] Read Article “Knowing How To Win and Learning How To Lose”
Believe it or not, it has been 30 days since our social media tips comment contest started! We’d like to send a big thank you out to everyone who submitted a suggestion and offer our congratulations to Christi Karvasek! Christi, you’ve just won yourself a $25 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card–enjoy! Someone from our team will […] Read Article “Winner of the Social Media Career Tips Comment Contest”
In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do we ever really leave work? It’s a question that has been discussed more and more frequently. In the age of smartphones, iPads, text messaging, laptops, SYNC and webinars, many feel that they never really shut down. According to Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek (Hewett and […] Read Article “The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity”
I recently had the honor of hearing First Lady Michelle Obama pay tribute to over 200 service men and women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs at the opening of a six-day sports competition for wounded active duty soldiers and veterans. These wounded soldiers are using sports not only as a vehicle for rehabilitation, […] Read Article “The First Lady and the Paralympic Games”
How do you recognize your team? Your employees? Your Co-Workers? Your family? Recognition in the workplace is a constantly discussed topic. There are countless books, articles, seminars and “so-called” experts on the topic. Companies spend money on trying to determine what is the best, most effective, most affordable way to recognize hard work and effort […] Read Article “Employee Recognition”