Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

The Contingent Workforce: A Snapshot

A recent survey by Workforce Management showed that companies are hiring contingent workers mainly to get access to specialized skills and to be more flexible in the uncertain economy. More than one quarter of those surveyed also said they used contingent workers to save on labor costs. Another reason given was that using contingent workers… Read More »

Human Resources and Your Company’s Strategy

For a long time, many in business have been critical of human resources for, in a sense, not being a team player. That is, HR has been accused of not aligning its operations with the overall strategy of the company. According to HR executive J. Craig Mundy, now more than ever human resources need to… Read More »

The Little-Known Savers’ Tax Credit

There is a federal tax break for workers that could help them with their retirement savings, but companies are not doing enough to educate employees about it, according to Workforce Management. It is the Savers Credit, a tax credit of up to $2,000 for low and middle income workers who pay into any kind of… Read More »

Brain Training and Employee Wellness

Many wellness programs at work focus on things like eating right and getting enough exercise. But now human resource departments are focusing on the wellness of employees for something else, something that until now really had not received the same attention as eating and exercise. It’s brain wellness, particularly how the health of the brain… Read More »

Top Cities for Finding Work

You might be looking for a job right now and finding nothing in your area. And so you might be thinking about moving to another region where the job prospects might be a little better. The question is, where are the areas right now where firms are hiring? One place to check is the list… Read More »

Workplace Discrimination, the ADA and Caregivers of the Disabled

When it comes to discrimination, most human resources professonals know about discriminating against people based on certain characteristics they have, such as race, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability. But there is one type of discrimination that often falls under the radar because the characteristic that is protected is unseen – a person who… Read More »

Manufacturing Jobs Going Unfilled

Conventional wisdom has it that manufacturing in the United States is on the decline, that all of the manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas. But that is not the case. Jobs have not been shipped out nearly as much as people assume they have. The jobs have just changed a lot to keep up with… Read More »

Workplace Safety Tips

Yes, we know, you’ve probably heard workplace safety tips for years. But you truly can never hear or read these tips too many times. After all, just one little slip or accident can mean years, or even a lifetime, of disability. It pays to pay attention, even if you’ve heard it all before. Therefore, here… Read More »

Pregnancy and Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace against pregnant women is still a problem, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The bias persists even though there is a federal law prohibiting such discriminatory practices. The information is a red flag for human resource departments to take a look at their related policies and enforcement. The EEOC investigated… Read More »

How HR Can Be a Change Leader

In order to make a greater contribution to business, human resource departments need to focus more on speeding up improvements in the operations of business, and less on its usual administrative and compliance duties. That’s the message of Brad Power, a business consultant. To speed up process improvement, human resources can do several things, Power… Read More »