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President Obama, along with Senate Democrats, have been making their case for a minimum-wage increase from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. If the wage hike goes into effect, it is expected to boost the earnings of about 16.5 million American workers. However, the Congressional Budget Office released a report showing an increase in minimum wage could lead to a reduction in total employment of .3%, or about 500,000 workers.

For our March Question of the Month, we want to know:

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8 Important Hiring Trends for 2014 [Infographic]

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

In the battle for top talent, what do hiring managers have to contend with in 2014? Check out this infographic from human resource news site HireDaily.com for some insight into a few important hiring trends. Read More→

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12 Secrets to Creating a Joyful Workplace

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Check out this short video to hear workplace performance and communication expert, Amanda Gore, share her 12 secrets to creating a joyful workplace. By incorporating these elements into your workplace, you’re creating an environment that inspires everyone to be their best.

Amanda Gore is an award-winning professional speaker, author, and workplace performance and communication expert. Her high-energy, entertaining, and informative presentation style has delighted audiences around the world. For more information about Amanda, visit AmandaGore.com. Read More→

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Turnover is no longer an issue only struggling businesses face, it’s now the norm. And according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, one in five workers plan on changing jobs in 2014 – up 17% from 2013. In fact, 58% of workers who are dissatisfied with their job plan to leave, and 45% who are dissatisfied with their advancement opportunities are looking to find a new employer.

On the flip side, turnover isn’t only caused by employees leaving. When a worker doesn’t meet expectations, sometimes replacement is the only answer. With employees addressing their own reasons for quitting, we wanted to find out management’s side of the story. Let us know by voting in our monthly poll!

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The High Cost of Multitasking

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Everyone thinks they’re a great multitasker, but what do the statistics actually show?

Check out this interesting infographic from Fuzebox, a provider of internet and mobile-based unified communications solutions, for a little more insight into the high cost of multitasking. And be sure to tell us about your “multitasking” prowess in the comments section below. Read More→

For our December 2013 question of the month, we asked about your business performance predictions for 2014, and the results show a definite sign of optimism for the new year.

According to the results, 50% of respondents say they expect to see exponential growth and 43% believe their business volume will be steady, but unchanged from 2013. However, the most telling sign of what many businesses expect in 2014 is the fact that only 7% of respondents say they will see a decrease in business activity. Read More→

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Near Record Number of People Quit Looking for Work in 2013

Monday, January 13th, 2014

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent report, the percentage of people looking for work in 2013 declined at a rate not seen since 1961, with the exception of the decline that took place in 2009 as a result of the Great Recession.

The labor force participation rate declined from 63.6 in January 2013 to 62.8 percent last month. The 0.8 percent annual drop was surpassed only by a 1.2 percent drop in 2009 and a drop of 0.9 percent in 1961. The report shows the number of people who quit looking for work has dropped at its sharpest rate in 52 years, with the exception of the drop that took place in 2009. Read More→

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Helping Your People Believe In Themselves [Video]

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Great leaders have a gift for making the people they lead believe in their own abilities. And it’s one of the most important keys to building a workforce of dedicated, productive employees who strive for success.

According to workplace performance and communication expert, Amanda Gore, belief in your own abilities is a better predictor of success than skill level. Check out this short video to hear Amanda explain how the most powerful way to make your employees believe in themselves is to show that you believe in them.

Amanda Gore is an award-winning professional speaker, author, and workplace performance and communication expert. Her high-energy, entertaining, and informative presentation style has delighted audiences around the world. For more information about Amanda, visit AmandaGore.com. Read More→

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7 Predictions for 2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Bob Funk, Chairman and CEO of Express Employment Professionals, released seven predictions for 2014 related to jobs and the economy.

“As for the future of jobs in America for 2014, I see little change in the unemployment rate. At the same time, I see the number of temporary workers achieving an all-time high and skilled workers will remain hard to find and in high demand,” said Funk, the former Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve. “I’ve been in the staffing business for nearly 50 years and certain trends are clear – the most notable is widespread uncertainty in the labor market. It will remain the driving force in 2014.”

  1. The national unemployment rate will not change very much.
    The rate dropped from 7.9% at the beginning of 2013 to 7.0% now, but Funk believes 2014 will end with a rate between 6.7% and 7.2%, little changed from its current rate.
  2. The labor force participation rate will stay stuck at 1970s levels.
    The current participation rate of 63% will fluctuate in a range between 62.6% and 63.5% by the end of 2014, little changed from its level in 1978. This is a troubling sign that many people have given up looking for work. Read More→

According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top three resolutions people set are to lose weight, get organized, and to spend less/save more. Of the 45% of people who set resolutions, only 8% actually achieve them. But don’t let those numbers discourage you – those who “explicitly make resolutions” are 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t.   Another important indicator of whether or not you stick to your resolutions in 2014 is your attitude toward them. So, we want to know:

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