Technology bites back: The 10 worst productivity killers

Here they are, the digital doings that are slowing you down when they're not speeding you up—plus the analog activities that stifle progress too.

Get instant employee feedback: 3 online tools to create your own surveys

Don’t just guess at which benefits your employees want or where they’d like to hold the summer picnic this year. Several great (and often free) Web-based survey tools allow HR to instantly take the pulse of their employees.

Millennials become largest generation at work

Millennials (age 18 to 34) inched ahead of Generation X (35 to 50) in workforce participation in the first quarter of 2015. They now comprise 34.58% of the workforce, compared to 34.06% for Gen Xers.

Where managers expect the most job growth to happen

Seventy-two percent of managers are optimistic about their career opportunities this year, up 21 percentage points from 2014. They’re ready to act on that optimism, too—88% said they’re open to new opportunities in 2015.

More job creation, more worker engagement, more ... bartenders?

Montana and North Dakota are locked in a dead heat for states with the most bartenders per capita.

Health roles dominate growing occupations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly projects the growth rate for occupations in coming years. These are the 10 jobs with the fastest anticipated growth rates between now and 2022.

North Dakota first in 2014 job creation, riding oil boom

Flush with oil and gas money, North Dakota led the nation in Gallup’s Job Creation Index last year. Of course, with energy prices tanking, it may not retain the top spot for long.

The skills we believe our kids need to succeed


Will my kid flourish by mastering the concrete details of math and science, or would she be better equipped in decades to come with well-honed intangibles, such as communication and teamwork? Or, more likely, will it be some combination of skills that proves most useful? That’s where respondents came down in a recent Pew Research Center survey.

Men finally regain jobs lost in Great Recession

Men have recovered all of the jobs they lost in the recession and now hold more jobs than at their pre-recession peak, according to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research analysis of the December employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tenure in the 21st century: Employees are staying put

Employee tenure—the average length of time someone has spent working continuously for the same employer—has risen steadily since the turn of the century.

Older workers most engaged, youngest not so much

Your oldest workers are probably the most engaged in their work, according to a new Gallup poll. So-called traditionalists—born before 1946—are most likely to be “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace,” Gallup’s definition of engagement.

What makes employees late for work?

Asked by what caused them to straggle in late, 3,000 U.S. employees most often blamed slow traffic and oversleeping.

JOLTS report shows details of economic recovery


The unemployment rate—now 5.7%, compared to 10% in October 2009—is one measure of how well the economy is rebounding. But labor economists often note that the unemployment rate is something of a statistical blunt instrument that fails to capture the nuances of what’s really happening in the job market. Economists increasingly turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey to spotlight the detail in the broader employment picture.

How many baby boomers are still working?

The first baby boomers reached retirement age five years ago, and now they’ve started leaving the workforce in droves.

Poll: Women qualified for top jobs but are held back

Women are perfectly capable of succeeding in senior executive jobs, but factors largely beyond their control have kept them from achieving more corporate success. That’s the attitude pollsters at the Pew Research Center uncovered when they asked 1,835 randomly selected adults what keeps more business women from holding leadership positions.
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