WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: Is the 9-to-5 Job Done?

U.S. Workers Look to Innovative Ways of Working

New research, released by ManpowerGroup, reveals a new era of work in which flexibility and balance are in and the traditional “9-to-5 job for life” is out.  Findings from the report “#GigResponsibly: The Rise of NextGen Work”—a global survey of 9,500 people in 12 countries—identifies a shift towards new ways of getting work done, that works for people and business.

ManpowerGroup asked people how they want to work, what motivates them and their views on NextGen Work—part-time, freelance, contract, temporary, or independent contract work.  More control over their schedule (42%), boosting their bank account (41%), and developing new skills (38%) are top reasons why NextGen Work is on the rise.  More than 80% of U.S. workers say NextGen Work is a choice, not a last resort, and builds resilience for less predictable futures.

“The U.S. labor market is fundamentally changing. We’re seeing a growing number of people opting for alternative models over traditional roles. They want flexible careers, the opportunity to develop new skills and to be able to blend work and home more easily,” said Becky Frankiewicz, President, ManpowerGroup North America—in a press release. “At the same time, companies want workforce solutions that find them the best talent when business models and skills needs are changing faster than ever. That’s why NextGen Work is on the rise.”

The vast majority of workers (94%), spanning five generations and both genders, are open to NextGen Work for their next or future position, but their motives vary.

  • Men are slightly more likely than women to look for flexibility to spend time with family (32% vs. 29%) and to seek a less stressful environment (30% vs. 27%).
  • Younger Millennials (ages 18 to 24) and Baby Boomers (ages 50 to 65) prioritize the same things: pay (60% vs. 65%) and work/life balance (48% vs. 64%). Engaging in work that is meaningful to them is also a priority for both generations.
  • Conversely, appetite for learning peaks among older Millennials and declines with age.

NextGen Work is a global phenomenon. Emerging markets like India and Mexico are leading the way with the greatest openness to freelance, contract, temporary, or independent contract work (97%), with mature markets—including the U.S. (94%), with the United Kindom and Australia—close behind (90% and 92% respectively). Germany, Netherlands, and Japan are more resistant to NextGen Work.

WEDNESDAY WORKFACT: Unemployment in the U.S. and Illinois

The table in the article ranks the 50 states of the United States by unemployment rate. In July 2017, about 2.2% of the North Dakota population was unemployed, the lowest among the states; the highest unemployment rate was recorded in Alaska, at 7.0%. Illinois has the 14th highest unemployment rate, at 4.4%, or 183.3 million. In May of 2016, Illinois had the highest unemployment rate in the nation, at 6.6%.

A person is considered unemployed if they have no job and are currently looking for a job and available to work. The U.S. unemployment rate varies unemployment-rateacross states. Nation-wide unemployment was 4.4 percent as of April 2017 and has remained almost the same over the last year. Unemployment can be affected by various factors including economic conditions and global competition. During economic prosperity unemployment rates generally decrease and during times of recession, rates increase.

Many Americans believe that job creation should be one of the most important priorities set by the government. Since 1990, the country’s unemployment rate reached a low of 4 percent in 2000 and a high in 2010 at 9.6 percent. It has been argued that the definition of unemployment is too narrow and does not include some groups of people, such as the “underemployed” and the “hidden unemployed”, which account for about 3.3 million Americans.

WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: 82% of Job Seekers Are Frustrated With Automated Recruiting

by Aliah D. Wright for SHRM online

A new report reveals that 82 percent of job seekers are frustrated with an overly automated recruiting experience. It’s especially true for candidates who apply for jobs online and never hear back from potential employers about the status of their applications.

Randstad US, based in Atlanta and one of the largest national staffing and HR service organizations, released the report in August. About 1,200 respondents from the U.S. were surveyed by . While most candidates found value in technology, they said they are frustrated when it supplants the human aspect of the recruiting process.

The report also found:

  • 95 percent said technology should be used to assist the recruiting experience, not replace it.
  • 87 percent said technology has made looking for a job more impersonal.
  • 82 percent said the ideal interaction with a company is one where innovative technologies are used behind the scenes and come second to personal, human interaction.

“The findings reinforce what we’ve believed for quite some time, that successful talent acquisition lies at the intersection of technology and human touch,” said Randstad North America CEO Linda Galipeau. “If done correctly, the right combination of personal interaction with the power of today’s intelligent machines can create an experience that is inherently more human.”

You can read more at SHRM online.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The History of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Women's Auxiliary Typographical UnionThe first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

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The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

{Source: U.S. Department of Labor online}

The Hire Solution’s Temp of the Month: Karyn Miller

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Temp 0f the Month Karyn Miller with Vince Clemente, owner of E.R.C. Delivery Services  where Karyn works as Clemente’s assistant.

Congratulations to The Hire Solution’s

August Temp of the Month, Karyn Miller.

The hot days of August may slow down some employees, but not Karyn! She brings her energy-producing smile and sunny disposition into the E.R.C. Delivery Services office every day. Her awesome work ethic, attention to detail and absolute delight when asked to roll up her sleeves and tackle a new challenge, makes her our hands-down choice for our Temp of the Month.

Thanks, Karyn, and keep up the great work!