Workforce Watch List: Increasing Employee Productivity

Happy employeeWhen morale is high, employees feel healthier, more alert, and more sociable. In this collective state of mind, employee productivity can increase by as much as 22%.

Additionally, these employees show increased creativity, a heightened sense of ownership in their work, and “good vibrations” that spread to other coworkers and nurture a more competitive and active workplace.

High morale can also help combat worker disengagement – which is an increasingly relevant workplace phenomenon that is costing U.S. companies more than $450 billion annually.  High morale also a key factor in keeping your best talent with the company, and in avoiding the high costs of employee turnover.
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Workforce Watch List: Mortgage & Banking Jobs

Mortgage and banking jobs

While the mortgage and banking industry is improving, it’s still pretty unpredictable. One minute economists are saying we’ll see a growing demand for mortgage and banking jobs, and the next they tell us the opposite. We’ve identified several workforce trends to help you navigate your way through this sector despite the industry turmoil.

How are current regulations affecting hiring needs?
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2014 Workforce Trends: Part 2 – Where the Jobs Aren’t

201302-wpe-post-headerWith a new year and new jobs data having been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we are publishing a two-part blog series to highlight some of the latest job market trends. In part one, we discussed job sectors experiencing growth, touched on emerging industries and explored some thriving geographic regions. In part two, we’ll look at some of the industries predicted to decline in 2014 and geographical regions where job growth has slowed. 

The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in five years. Job growth in healthcare, technology, construction, and retail is booming. But the good news has yet to reach several sectors of the U.S. economy. As the digital revolution continues to change consumer behaviors and demand, many sectors are increasingly forced to cut jobs, often in staggering numbers.

Declining Industries

There are no surprises here. The industries that will experience the most dramatic decline in 2014 have been suffering for years.
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2014 Workforce Trends: Part 1 – Where the Jobs Are

201302-wpe-post-headerWith a new year and new jobs data having been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we are publishing a two-part blog series to highlight some of the latest job market trends. In part one, we’ll discuss job sectors experiencing growth, touch on emerging industries and explore some thriving geographic regions. In part two, we’ll look at some of the regions and job sectors in decline for 2014. 

The recession seems to be in the rearview mirror and job growth is occurring in many sectors, making 2014 a promising year for employment figures across the board. This is good news for the U.S. economy and a welcome refutation of last year’s doomsayers who believed that the economy would falter in the near future.

Pundits galore predicted that the unemployment rate would rise in 2013 and 2014, driven by a perfect storm of returning vets, Baby Boomers unable to retire due to losses from the housing crash, reduced consumer spending, and increased offshoring of jobs to China and elsewhere.

The numbers, however, tell a different story. In November, the private sector added 238,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dipped below 7 percent for the first time in five years and seems poised to continue its downward course. Baby Boomers are indeed retiring, freeing up much-needed employment opportunities for Millennials. Meanwhile, manufacturing costs in China appear to be rising, rather than falling. These factors are driving job growth across a variety of sectors.
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Top Jobs 2013 – A Look Ahead at Some of the Most In-Demand Roles in the National Job Market

Whether you are a professional looking to get ahead in your career or a business leader looking for people who can help your company get ahead, it’s important to know what skills and roles are in-demand. Adecco’s recruiting and career experts throughout the country examined national hiring metrics and salary trends to uncover the seven most in-demand jobs for 2013. Check out the results in our infographic below.
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