Week in Review – Popular Content
In 2016, Talking Politics Can Make Things Uncomfortable At Work – NPR
This election season, with polarizing candidates in both major parties, some workers and employers say the old etiquette rule about not discussing religion and politics has fallen by the wayside. Political vitriol is spilling over more than ever into the workplace — making it a potentially hostile environment. Read more.
Tags: Work & Politics
Why America’s Men Aren’t Working – Washington Post
The national unemployment rate has fallen by more than half since the nation emerged from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression… but here’s one statistic that has been vexing economists. The size of the nation’s workforce — known as the labor force participation rate — continues to fall. Since the start of the downturn, the percentage of that population that has a job or is looking for one has dropped more than 3 percentage points, to 62.6 percent, a level not seen since the 1970s. Read more.
Tags: Workforce, Employment
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Which Labor Market Data Should You Believe? – NYT
When the unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, it usually means things are going pretty well. It was 4.7 percent in May, a level last seen in November 2007. A different measure of the economy’s health, however, is beeping and flashing red. It says that labor market conditions have deteriorated with each passing month this year. There are two possible explanations for the index’s decline: one somewhat comforting, and the other scary. Read more.
Tags: Labor Market, Economy
Millennials Want Peace and Quiet at Work, Not Free Snacks – Fortune
According to certain millennial “experts,” the way to entice young workers to join your company is to provide cupboards full of snacks… But it turns out millennials are a bit more conventional than their bosses may have thought. Read more.
Employers Cut Down on Wellness Benefits – WSJ
A big new survey of benefits from the Society for Human Resource Management found that employers are cooling toward certain wellness benefits. Originally designed to cut employers’ health costs, benefits like on-site flu shots, 24-hour nurse hot lines, health coaching and insurance-premium discounts for weight loss all have declined over the past year. Read more.
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Did You Know
June 27 is Industrial Workers Day. Not something we think much about – the holiday was created as a way to take notice of the huge role industrial workers play in our day-to-day lives. So as you’re out and about today be sure to say thank you to your local factory workers, welders, machinists, construction workers and all of the other individuals who work hard everyday building things to make our lives easier. Learn more.
Term of the Week
Work/Life Employee Benefits: Work/Life benefits are “non-traditional” employee benefits that assist employees in managing their lives. Employers purchase these services from vendors and they are offered to employees as benefits. These services can make the difference in attracting and retaining employees. Common life management benefits include: child and elder care referral services, employee assistance program (EAP), concierge, legal assistance, and emergency back-up childcare.
Vendor M&A And Partnership News
A sampling of this week’s mergers and acquisitions announcements from around the human resource marketplace – and other partnerships. Latest news here.
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