As we head into the first long weekend of the summer, I’m thinking about the disconnect between our collective anticipation of a vacation day and the reason we have that day off. Memorial Day – a day to plant the tomatoes, go to cookouts, spend a leisurely day with family and friends, shop the retail sales. The weather here in the Northeast is forecast to be cold and rainy, but we’ll soldier through.
Memorial Day – a day to remember those soldiers who’ve served and those who currently serve our country in the armed forces. Memorial Day – a day to remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. My grandfathers, all my uncles, my father and brother all served in the military. One of my clearest memories of my paternal grandfather was finding him weeping as he read a history of Gallipoli, overwhelmed as those memories flooded back of an experience he doubted he’d survive. He was a highly decorated combat veteran in WWI, wounded at Gallipoli and the Sommes. He returned from the war and found work on the Boston Fish Pier, eventually launching his own company. He was proud of his military service, but prouder still that he was able to return from combat and get on with his life.
On this Memorial Day weekend, by all means thank your family members, friends and neighbors who’ve served. Take a moment to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy, that few of us have truly had to fight for. And if you’re in a position to do so, help today’s veterans return to work and get on with their lives. Unemployment among veterans who’ve served since 9/11 was reported at 9.9% for 2012 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics vs. 8.1% for the overall population. The US Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service site has job search resources veterans and for employers who’d like to hire them.
What’s your organization doing to support veterans?
What we’re reading this week:
How to Get Better at Spotting Opportunities: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/how_to_get_better_at_spotting.html
Every Application Under the Sun Now Ripe for Cloud, Survey Shows: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2013/05/22/every-application-under-the-sun-now-ripe-for-cloud-survey-shows/
The Obamacare Myth About Small Business: http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/21/smallbusiness/obamacare/
Made in the USA Back in Style for Some Small Businesses as Reshoring Brings Manufacturing Home: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/made-in-the-usa-back-in-style-for-some-small-businesses-as-reshoring-brings-manufacturing-home/2013/05/22/a680b224-c314-11e2-9642-a56177f1cdf7_story.html
Experience Trumps Device: Adaptive Engagement in an Omnichannel World: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/200573/experience-trumps-device-adaptive-engagement-in-a.html#axzz2U3RE9Fgj
Omnichannel Marketing—So Much More Than Just Mobile: http://www.retail-digital.com/retail_technology/omnichannel-marketing-so-much-more-than-just-mobile
How Employers Can Get a Grip on Sickness Absence: http://www.wsandb.co.uk/wsb/feature/2268387/how-employers-can-get-a-grip-on-sickness-absence
Half of Companies Report Higher Turnover: http://www.tlnt.com/2013/05/23/survey-half-of-companies-report-higher-turnover-than-last-year/
Employee Engagement: Every Leader’s Imperative http://ow.ly/lczzW via @Forbes @MeghanMBiro
Telework Supernova http://ow.ly/lcASx via @HuffingtonPost
Larry King – HR Director http://ow.ly/lf0Ek via @FistfulOfTalent @SteveBoese
How To Make Company Employees Think Like Their CEO http://ow.ly/lhvYw via @Forbes
#HREOnline: Wellness in the Land of Confusion http://ow.ly/lhARY via @HRExecMag
Kronites are talking about:
New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: http://ow.ly/lcvBP
Understaffing: “to tell or not to tell” – The Patient! http://ow.ly/lcHYt via @sreeseRNMBA
No Klingons on Kronos! http://ow.ly/lf00Q via @SmarterCafe
There’s “Moore” to this disaster than I realized… http://ow.ly/lhyAF via @sreeseRNMBA #Oklahoma
RT @SmarterCafe: Need #Kronos training? Check out KnowledgePass! http://ow.ly/lhAKK #kronoslive2013
The CEO’s Balancing Act http://ow.ly/ljUyl via @GreggLean
The Future of Workforce Management & 10 Deadly Sins of Software Development http://ow.ly/ljUEa via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK
RT @SmarterCafe: Help #Kronos give back to the community by helping kids in Lowell, MA. http://ow.ly/lknSJ #Liveunited
Kronos Recognized as a Best Place to Work by @BostonBizNews: http://ow.ly/lcyCE
Inaccurate employee data is costing your org money. Watch short video: http://ow.ly/lcAa0
Live Demo:See the time and attendance capabilities within Workforce Ready. Tuesdays, 1 – 2pm ET http://ow.ly/lcBrz #SMB
Vision from the Top 2013 http://ow.ly/ldDBz via @SIIAContent
Single. Simple. Smart! Video shows how one #HR & #payroll solution delivers it all. http://ow.ly/lhtrV
6/5 Webinar: #BigData research reveals big surprises. Reserve your spot. http://ow.ly/ljUeR via @IndustryWeek #manufacturing