The Queen of Soul and Continuous Improvement

This may be my favorite song of all times, Aretha Franklin singing "Respect". R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me R-E-S-P-E-C-T Take care ... TCB (taking care of business). This is the time of year when we make our resolutions.  We make our bold proclamations to friends and family.  We set goals for ourselves … Continue reading The Queen of Soul and Continuous Improvement

The Holiday Slow Down

As we noted in the published results of our survey this week, a lot of people will take time off over the next 10 days. The office is increasingly vacant and it's clear nobody wants to start any significant new projects or discussions until after the new year.  Folks who do work next week will … Continue reading The Holiday Slow Down

Staying home for the holidays? Happy about it?

Our newest survey reveals that more people are planning to take time off between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day than was the case five years ago when we did similar research.  Specifically: This year, 38 percent of those employed full-time say they plan to take Monday, December 24 off while 28 percent say they … Continue reading Staying home for the holidays? Happy about it?

Grading Students on Job Readiness

I was chatting with our board member Mark Milliron yesterday, and he mentioned this  2-year tech college in Missouri that is grading classroom students not only on course content, but also on job readiness.  Mark was saying that potential employers are (not surprisingly) very interested in the job readiness score. The college is Linn State … Continue reading Grading Students on Job Readiness

Workforce as a Service – Is WaaS coming anytime soon?

I just came across this very interesting presentation from Mary Meeker, a former Wall Street analyst and now partner at venture capital  firm Kleiner Perkin.  This 88-slide behemoth contains a lot of market data about the growth of mobile technology.  More interesting, it asks a lot of questions about how this technology will continue to … Continue reading Workforce as a Service – Is WaaS coming anytime soon?

BLS Jobs Report is Good – Holidays look a little brighter (but be careful at the company party)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report this morning brought positive news, with US unemployment at 7.7% - a new low since 2008.  Our Retail Labor Index this month showed a continuing increase in retail hiring (not unusual this time of year), but it's good to see that growth in other sectors as well.   Let's … Continue reading BLS Jobs Report is Good – Holidays look a little brighter (but be careful at the company party)