Helping Vets Join Your Workforce

This post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute. Here she talks with Joe Arenstein, a former US Marine, about his journey from the military to civilian life - and what strategies organizations can use when helping vets join their workforce. Joe Arenstein, second Marine to right of flag bearer. In … Continue reading Helping Vets Join Your Workforce

CAUTION: A slowing economy doesn’t release top talent

The problem with talented employees is that they are always in demand. As global markets retract, the need for talent may actually increase as companies require a higher level of performance from fewer employees. This may cause the supply of available great employees to shrink, creating wage pressures and trapped revenue for those that cannot function without them.

You Shouldn’t Be Surprised at What Really Drives Employee Satisfaction

I get lots of surveys drop into my in-box, and a great many of them aren't terribly insightful. However, this recent one from The Conference Board made me think that hope is what really drives employee satisfaction.

Center for State and Local Government Excellence 2019 Workforce Trends Survey

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence recently released their 2019 Workforce Trends survey which found that the top workforce challenges facing U.S. state and local governments are (1) recruitment and retention of qualified personnel with the needed skills for public service and (2) providing competitive compensation. The survey results emphasize the importance of state and local governments adopting innovative practices in order to attract and retain needed staff. Other workforce issues important to state and local governments include employee morale, employee engagement, retaining staff needed for core services, and leadership development.

Why Your Company Should Think About On Demand Pay Options

The needs for today’s workforce have changed and as such, employers should position themselves to attract top talent to include the gig economy worker and the W-2 employee. The time for On Demand Pay adoption is now, as the workforce will not wait for those employers who can’t meet their needs.

Why Don’t Soft Skills Get More Respect?

It's surprising that soft skills get so little respect in today's workplace. Look at any job description posted for just about any job. What you'll find is a long list of very specific technical skills that are required, as well as specific job experience the hiring manager wants. Rarely, if ever, will you find anything directly addressing any soft skills that the job candidate needs to possess.