Workforce Watch List: Vacation habits

Now that the country is finally thawing out (we hope) after the particularly brutal winter of 2014, vacation plans seem to be on everyone’s mind. Whether your ideal vacation involves the sand and surf of a tropical locale, a rugged camping expedition, a rejuvenating spa retreat, or simply a Game of Thrones marathon from the comfort of your couch, there’s no doubt you are ready to cash in some of your hard-earned PTO days. But the question is: how many Americans actually enjoy their paid time off to the fullest?
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Is Corporate Charitable Giving On the Rise?

Social Image 1Almost everywhere you go, you can find evidence of corporate charitable giving. On the bricks carved with a company’s name on the exterior of a popular museum to the plaques hanging in most children’s hospitals, it’s evident that businesses are giving their time and money to organizations that desperately need it.

But just because you see evidence of corporate charitable giving, does it mean that there is an abundance of it?

At first glance it appears that corporate donations have grown significantly.  For example, in the last 30 years corporate contributions have increased from $3.6 billion to more than $18 billion in 2012.  This is an impressive statistic, right?

Perhaps not. According to “Giving USA’s 2013 Annual Report on Philanthropy”, approximately 72% ($223 billion) of all charitable giving was done by individuals and families, while corporate giving accounted for only 6% ($17.6 billion). Another statistic considered a good barometer for measuring corporate charitable giving is percentage of pre-tax profits donated. It’s here you really begin to see the drop in the numbers. In 2012, corporate donations measured by pre-tax profit percentages fell to a lowly .8% from its peak of 2.1% in 1986. In the last ten years alone contributions have dropped by half.

While the pre-tax profit percentage statistic is staggering, there are indications that corporate charitable giving is on the rise. The improving U.S. economy, a strengthening job market, and the emphasis many businesses have been putting into company culture have been encouraging. As a result, in 2012 corporate contributions increased 12% from the 2011 totals.
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10 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Keep your Halloween Costume Work-Appropriate this year!Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go — If you’re thinking about going to work on Halloween with a full-blown Miley Cyrus “twerking” look, well, think again.

Miley shocked and offended during her VMA performance, and there is every reason to think you would do the same at the office. Definitely not a wise career move.

The reality is when it comes to work-appropriate Halloween costumes, the hard-and-fast rule is better to be safe than sorry. So think cute not sexy; funny not gory; practical not political. In short, you want to make sure that the costume you choose will in no way offend or embarrass co-workers, diminish your professional reputation, or earn you a trip to HR for violating dress or decency codes.

So here, in no specific order, are 10 costumes that will make for a fun day at the office on Thursday, Oct. 31. 
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Avoiding Career Suicide: 7 Tips to Stop Interrupting

Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

In today’s fast-paced society, speed often trumps courtesy. Patience seems to be a virtue of a previous generation, replaced by efficiency. We’ve become accustomed to countless interruptions each day: expecting (and even welcoming) impromptu visits, text messages, social media alerts, or the click of an incoming call during a conversation.
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Tips for hiring and attracting millennials for your business

No  matter how you feel about the label itself, “Millennials” are the future of business. Generally considered to be the generation born between 1980 and 2000, Millennials represent the current crop of young professionals. Whether your business needs hungry entry-level recent grads or young thirty-somethings with talent and a few years of experience under their belt, landing Millennial hires requires a change in hiring paradigms not seen since the Baby Boomers shook things up many decades ago.

Five ways to attract Millennials

Millennials are tech-savvy and constantly connected. They’re also often motivated by more than just the almighty dollar. This generation, is not just about “me, me, me”, but are also starting to ask questions like “where do I belong?” and “how can I make a difference?” Taking those questions into account, how do you land the best of this future workforce?

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4 Career benefits of professional certifications

How do you advance your career and differentiate yourself from others in your profession? The answers to this question are as plentiful as the number of people asking it.
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