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79% of employers offer wellness programs to improve absenteeism/presenteeism, 78% of employers use the programs to attract and retain talent, and 76% say they use wellness programs to improve and maintain employee morale, according to Optum’s 10the annual Wellness in the Workplace study. Employers are also using digital technology to engage workers in health and well-being programs.
Following the #MeToo movement, there have been major upheavals in the workforce. One of them being – reluctance to interact with women. About 27 percent of men avoid one-to-one meetings with female coworkers, 21 percent of men are reluctant to hire a woman that requires close interaction, and 19 percent of men would be reluctant to hire an attractive woman, the study further found. Internalized misogyny is pervasive and slowly spreading through the industry.
The inflexible work schedule is pushing working women young children out of the labor force, a new survey from flex jobs found. About 42 percent of women with young children find it difficult to restart their career, the survey further found. FlexJobs citing the data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that mothers with young children were less likely to be in the workforce as compared to mothers with older children.
Trilogy Education has partnered with Columbia and Rice Universities to offer FinTech boot camps. The boot camp will offer participants the relevant industry experience. In addition, the camp will equip the participants with tools that will aid in predictive stock price models and blockchain. Boot camps are a novel way to find the right talent for their organization and create a talent pool in a tight labor market.
Hundreds of Apple workers across Europe who were employed to check Siri recording for errors lost their jobs after the company suspended the program. Over 300 workers, at the company’s Cork facility alone, lost their jobs. Workers were on paid leave since 2 August, the day Apple announced to suspend the program. Reportedly, many employees were concerned about the ethics of the program.
A new Envoy and Wakefield Research poll conducted among 1,000 workers found that 70 percent of employees working in offices with modern aesthetics and state-of-the-art technology were happy. In contrast, only half of the employees working at dowdier offices were happy with their jobs, the study further noted. The happiest workers had free beverage stations, company cafeteria, and the ability to control conference room temperature among other things.
Some 20,000 workers in AT&T’s traditional wired phone and internet businesses walked out on Friday night. Reportedly, workers' contract had expired and the company sent negotiators without giving them the power to make decisions about the new contract. The workers ended the strike on Wednesday, saying it had “showed the power that working people have when they join together”.
Hyundai Motors Co and it's South Korean workers have reached a tentative wage deal. In the new deal, each unionized worker will receive a one-off payment of up to 9 million won, an additional equivalent to one and a half month’s salary, 15 Hyundai Motor Shares and a basic salary increase of 1.74 %. Hyundai shares rose by 4.4% after the agreement.
On Tuesday, Uber and Lyft drivers attempted a street shutdown, demanding the right to form a union and pass a new bill supporting gig workers’ right. The workers demand that the AB5 is passed. This bill will classify drivers as employees and enact basic worker protections. AB5 52-11 was passed by California’s state assembly in May, reports the Guardian.
Christian Sutherland-Wong will be the new CEO of Glassdoor, the company announced. Currently, Christian is the chief operating officer of the company. He will precede Robert Hohman. Robert will continue as chairman. The change will be effective starting Jan 6, 2020. Before Glassdoor, Sutherland-Wong held positions at LinkedIn and Bain & Company.
On Monday, Papa John’s International Inc. announced Rob Lynch the new chief executive officer, Bloomberg reported. Lynch will succeed Ritchie, the report said. This change will be made as early as Tuesday. The pizza chain is struggling to keep up with the competition and, reportedly, saw a 12 percent dip in 2018 revenue, Reuters reported.
41% of employees say their employers are not training workers for the future, a new Axonify study found. Axonify is a frontline workers training platform. The study conducted by Ipsos, a global research firm, further found that one-third of frontline workers don’t receive any formal training, and 76% of workers said an employer would be more appealing if it offered additional training.
A 2018 study by Willis Towers Watson said 56 percent of employers believed their wellness programs allowed employees to live healthier lifestyles. However, only 32 percent of employees agreed. A recent study by Alight Solutions found that employees were struggling to live a healthy life. This was prominent in financial wellness. Fewer than half of employees felt that they had control over their financial future.
In the last five years, the percentage of workplaces that allow casual dress increased from 32 percent to 50 percent, an analysis from Indeed found. 62 percent of workplaces allow at least one casual dress day a week. A U.K. study that found 61 percent of job seekers view employers negatively for enforcing dress codes, Indeed further said.
On Thursday, Google announced new rules about what employees are allowed to say in the workplace. Reportedly, this new rule comes as Google has faced increasing scrutiny from politicians, the public, and its employees on several issues. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, in an email sent to company employees, explained the new guidelines which explicitly discourage workers from discussing politics.
Union workers at DPI Specialty Foods Inc., a supplier to Starbucks Corp. coffee shops, rejected a proposed contract agreement and voted to authorize a strike, Teamsters said on Friday. Reportedly, the union had been negotiating for a five-year agreement but DPI said it could only offer a seven-month contract. The proposed labor agreement covers 300 workers and drivers of DPI and Teamsters Local 710.
Nurses, led by Mary Beth Boeson, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, began to organize a campaign to form a union for the 3,200 nurses at the hospital. However, allegedly, the hospital changed Boeson’s duties to keep her from speaking to different nurses. Earlier, nurses at John Hopkins Medical Center had attempted to form a union too.
96% of senior managers believe that their teams experience various degrees of burnout, a survey from Accountemps found. However, employees feel that constant interruptions, toxic culture, and dated technology were the reasons for burn out, the survey further found. 1 in 5 managers rate their employees’ burnout as 8 on a scale of 1 to10. Employees, however, rate it 5.
The difference in employee experience at various workplaces in the aging service industry varies highly, a survey revealed. The highest-scoring workplace has four times Trust Index score than the lowest-scoring workplace. Ohio Living, home to nearly 100 elderly residents, is the best place to work for in the industry. The non-profit organization has invested to make it a great place to work for.
A survey by JDP, conducted among 2,007 workers, found that half of the workers remove posts or hide their complete profiles to protect their professional image from employers. 87 percent of workers believe that social media can impact hiring decisions. 60 percent of employers always screen potential hire’s social media profile for red flags, 50 percent of workers think it shouldn’t be allowed, the survey found.