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Employment trends expert says that Microsoft is not the only company trying to enhance the employee experience
Microsoft just made international headlines after they revealed four new workplace initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining talent. The tech giant says they will no longer require employees to sign non-disclosure agreements or non-competes. In addition, Microsoft is committing to pay transparency for new hires and to confidentiality agreements in dispute resolution, aimed at making sure that employees feel safer coming forward about misconduct.
“What we are seeing is a complete shift in the way companies like Microsoft are approaching their staff and the traditional workplace hierarchy,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations around the country. “Employers have lost a lot of their upper hand in the last 2 years. Employees have options, and they are making it very clear that they realize this.”
Employment trends expert examines reasons behind Great Resignation and what employers can do
The Great Resignation just became the Greatest Resignation. The January jobs report reveals that a record number of people quit their positions in November… 4.5 million of them, in fact.
Is it true that people just don’t want to work, or what can explain the millions of people who have decided they no longer need gainful employment?
Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a nationwide employment solutions firm with clients across the country, weighs in:
“While much of the media focus has been on the fact that white-collar workers are turning in their proverbial keycards, this latest jobs report actually reveals that it is low-wage workers who are quitting in the millions,” says Wilson. “Sectors like food service and hospitality are the ones who have been hit hardest by the Great Resignation.”
Employment trends expert weighs in
Americans are continuing to leave their jobs in droves. The number of people who quit their positions has skyrocketed to a record-high 4.3 million.
“According to the latest jobs report, there are 10+ million job openings, but only 194k Americans have recently taken a new position,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm. “Hiring managers around the country are scratching their heads, wondering: Where is everyone?”
Wilson says the disappearing American worker can be attributed to several factors.
HR expert advises on how to safeguard your company against the ‘Great Resignation’
New research shows that employee burnout rose sharply in 2021, with a recent survey showing that only 25% of employers say that they believe their workers have been mentally engaged and productive in the past year. And 41% of workers worldwide say that they are considering quitting their current posts and finding a new job or a new industry altogether.
“Employee turnover is at a record high right now. The ‘Great Resignation’ has left companies scrambling to find staff, with many workers rebelling against the prototypical 9-to-5 work model,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employee trends expert. “The pandemic gave many people a taste of a different schedule and a different way of structuring their lives. Now that it’s time to return to a new version of the old normal, many workers just aren’t interested.”
Wilson says that employers need to be cognizant of the fact that COVID has irrevocably changed the way many people look at their work/life balance.
Employment expert speaks on the Fair Chance Act and what employers need to know
Today New York City’s “Ban the Box” Amendment officially went into effect. The amendment offers new protections for job applicants with a criminal history. And effective Dec. 31st, states across the country will be required to follow suit.
“Currently, 35 states, along with Washington D.C. and several cities, have ‘Ban the Box’ regulations in place. Corporations like Starbucks and Facebook also have similar hiring regulations in place,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employment trends expert. “But come December, this is will be the first time that a federal amendment is put into place protecting the 70 million Americans who have a criminal offense in their past.”
Employment trends expert explains why increasing the min. wage could have a negative impact on workers
With Inauguration Day upon us, many people are looking ahead at the first steps President-elect Joe Biden plans to take when he gets into office. One of his first major proposals (which Biden introduced last Thursday in his $1.9 trillion relief package) will be to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.
However, this proposal to dramatically increase the minimum wage is receiving pushback from critics who say this could spell the end for struggling small businesses who are already struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Asking small business owners to begin paying their employees $15 an hour will be a hardship that could break many companies,” says employment trends expert Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, an employment solutions firm with locations across the country.
Wilson says that the minimum wage hike will also lead to more job loss as business owners continue to invest in automation over workers.
HR specialist discusses how voters could alter minimum wage for millions of Americans
Earlier this week, presidential candidate Joe Biden took to Twitter to share his proposed changes to minimum wage if he is elected, including ending tipped minimum wage and raising the minimum wage to $15/hr.
In addition to these national campaign promises, Floridians will have a proposed minimum wage amendment on their ballots come November, potentially raising their minimum wage to $10/hr on September 20, 2021.
“If voters pass the amendment, the plan would be to raise the minimum wage to $10 next year, and then gradually continue to increase the wage until it hits $15/hr by 2026. This would double the current minimum wage in Florida, and mirror similar amendments which have already been put into practice in states like Illinois,” says employment expert Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations across the country.
Employment expert says latest numbers are a false positive
Last Thursday the Labor of Department released new figures showing that the United States gained 4.8 million new jobs in June. In addition, the unemployment rate hovered at 11.1%, lower than the predicted 12.4% rate. President Trump heralded the numbers as proof that the economy is “roaring back” after months of economic destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The latest job report seems like a major cause for celebration,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations across the county. “However, those of us within the employment industry are not celebrating just yet.”
Wilson, an employment expert who has helped hundreds of clients navigate the impact of coronavirus on the workplace, says “These new hire numbers are a false positive. At Employco, over 200 of our clients received PPP. Many then slowly rehired formerly laid-off employees in May and June.”
Employment expert weighs in on how Skilled Workers fare Vs. College Grads
Former Trump administration official A. Wayne Johnson recently described the student debt program in this country as ‘fundamentally broken.’ For the millions of college students who have an average of $37,172 in debt by the time they graduate, these words no doubt ring true.
And, students are not the only ones who are feeling the pain. Research shows that college debt leads to poor sleep and high anxiety, potentially causing employees to be unmotivated and unfocused while at work, in turn harming employers and their bottom line.
This begs the question: Is college for everyone? Or, would entering a skilled trade be a smarter choice for many young adults?
“We have this idea in our society that a college degree is the gateway to financial freedom and success,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA. “But the statistics don’t necessarily bear that out. Most college grads end up moving home after graduation to live with their parents, and it takes several months or more for them to find a job. In many cases, that job won’t be in their field of interest, and these young people end up spending a good chunk of their paycheck paying off their hefty student loans.”