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A new global survey by Workhuman on human capital management says creating meaningful work for employees is the secret to talent retention. Meaningful work is about “creating a human-focused environment built on trust, recognition, respect, gratitude, autonomy, and equity” says the survey. “employees are actively seeking out more human-focused work …”, said Eric Mosley, CEO of Workhuman.
Being creative is a personal experience that exposes workers’ personal viewpoints and preferences, thereby putting them at risk in the workplace, a study from a University of Illinois says. When workers share something about themselves, they allow others to make judgments about themselves. This puts them at risks. Both managers and employees should be mindful of the risks involved in this.
Wendy’s announced to launch a breakfast service at all of its locations in 2020. To drive this initiative, the company is looking to add 20,000 new employees in the coming months. Wendy’s currently serves breakfast at 300 locations. Reportedly, it will cost the company about USD 20 million. The success of competitor, McDonald’s, has led Wendy’s to scale their breakfast service.
UPS, the delivery giant, announced to hire 100,000 people for seasonal jobs for the approaching holiday season. The company is willing to pay between USD15 and USD30 per hour along with some notable benefits. In 2016 and 2017, the company hired 95,000 seasonal employees. Over the last three years, 35 percent of UPS’s seasonal hires were given a permanent position.
British Airways has canceled flights for the next two days as its pilots went on strike over pay disputes. This halt could cost the company USD98 million. In an email, the company announced to cancel almost 100 percent of services as it had “no option”. Fortune reported, “the pilots had been offered a deal that would have lifted remuneration 11.5% to 202,000 pounds…”.
Amazon will host a series of job fairs across six cities to fill 30,000 positions. The job fairs will be arranged on Sept. 17 in Arlington, VA, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Seattle. All offered jobs come with benefits and the salaries start at USD15 per hour, Amazon says. The company had earlier hosted Amazon Jobs Day.
Most workers can change jobs for higher pay and a more positive culture, a report from recruiting firm Accounting Principals and Ajilon, says. The survey was conducted among 1,000 U.S fulltime workers. 61 percent of workers would quit their jobs for 9 percent pay boost and 31 percent of workers will look for another job if underpaid, the survey further found.
Zappos and Fender have partnered to offer an employee wellness program to Zappos’s employees. The program provides Fender music learning app and instruments to employees. The duo believes in the “healing power of learning an instrument” which might help employees reduce stress and increase their creativity and confidence. Most employers are now considering employee wellness a priority.
TD Banks announced a program to help veteran finance professionals. The program will help their return to the industry following a career gap. It is available to credit management and commercial lending professionals with at least two years’ career gap, a press statement said. The program will help professionals, especially women, successfully resume their careers. 43 percent of women leave the labor force for familial or personal reasons.
The number of workers hired for permanent jobs in Britain fell down to the lowest in the last three years. In the last six months, permanent placements declined in a row. The hiring of temporary workers rose but remained close to its slowest pace in 75 months, KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said.
A new Randstad survey found that one-third of the employees will quit their job if they are required to follow a conservative dress code. Employees are also ready to forgo a USD 5000 salary hike in favor of casual dress code. The survey further revealed that regardless of the employer’s dress code, 62 percent of workers will wear a suit in an interview.
A new study by the Pew Research Center has found that Americans don’t trust companies using facial recognition technology. As per the study, 56 percent of Americans trust law enforcement agencies to use the technology responsibly and only 36 percent of respondents said they trust tech companies to use the technology responsibly. Further, only 17 percent of surveyed people trust advertisers.
Uber and Lyft assert to Chicago City officials that the name of their drivers should be treated as trade secrets. The company asserts “it takes substantial resources to get a pool of eligible and licensed driver” and disclosing data would make it easier for competitors to recruit drivers. Chicago denied a freedom of information Act request asking for the names of drivers.
To keep employees on their payroll, employers may engage in breadcrumbing, which means making promises that never materialize. For instance, telling employees about upskilling or imminent salary raise. Instead, “you need to have consistent and intentional conversations with your employees to understand how they are feeling, what they are learning and where they want to be in their careers," Durst said.
Accenture has introduced an apprenticeship program. So far, the company has recruited 350 novice techies for its “earn while you learn” program. Accenture recruits from community colleges and pays them as they add job-specific skills. In addition to software engineering, data analytics, and cybersecurity, Accenture offers training apprentices in HR, finance, and marketing. “Apprenticeships are scalable”, CEO, Accenture says.
In the new legislation, New York has broadened its pay equity and banned employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, signed the legislation into law on July 10. Though the pay gap between the U.S. men and women has reduced, women still earn 15 percent less, the Pew Research Center has found.
A survey conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults revealed that most candidates prefer in-person over virtual interviews. The survey was conducted on behalf of Yoh, a talent and outsourcing firm. The survey further found 59 percent of respondents see in-person interviews as the only way to gauge a new job opportunity and 17 percent of respondents said virtual interviews offer opportunities for technical glitches.
Tech giants, including Facebook and Alphabet, that are heavily dependent on data are increasingly gaining a fortune. However, workers, in the data annotation industry, who help these companies make money from the data provided by them are paid peanuts, Forbes reports. Giant companies employ fewer people and reportedly ire officials for tax practices.
Worldwide half of employees struggle to get answers to basic questions from HR or the IT help desk, says a study from Service Now. As work keeps getting more complex and fast-paced, this results in poor employee experience and drags down productivity. Kristine Dery, an MIT researcher, calls them “speed bumps”. Eliminating these speed bumps is a smart move for companies.
Google announced it will shut down Google for Hire on Sept. 1, 2020. Reportedly, the company will dedicate its resources to “other products in the Google Cloud portfolio”. Hire was launched two years ago. Google for jobs, which was launched at the same time has run into anti-trust complaints in the EU. Google developed Hire after acquiring BeBop for USD380 million in 2015.