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Jan 07

Why small business jobs are overrated

Posted by Stephen Taub in workforceworkerssmall businesssmall and medium-sized businessjobsjob securityCashCareers/Management

Stephen Taub

Here we go again.

The disappointing number of jobs created in December has renewed calls for incentives to boost hiring by small companies. After all, goes the conventional wisdom, most new jobs are created by the puniest companies in our country, the backbone of the US economy.

Jun 08

Strikes in China could mean lower US profits

Posted by Ron F in workersoutsourcingoffshoreMalaysiaemerging marketseconomy, earnings, demandcostscost reductioncost cuttingconsumer spendingChinaCareers/Management

Ron F

Rising labor strife in China has potentially significant implications for US companies and financial markets. The irony is that what companies want isn't necessarily the same thing that markets do.

Yves Smith over at Naked Capitalism does a good job of explaining why.

Mar 18

Bad economy improves worker attendance, turnover and punctuality

Posted by MQuinn in workersturnoverhuman resourcesemployeesCareers/Managementattendance


Two separate surveys released on Wednesday proved one thing: Workers were TERRIFIED of losing their jobs last year.

In fact, they were so scared that the rate of employee absences in 2009 was the lowest recorded since 1985, the year legal and business publisher BNA began its quarterly survey of employers. The median absence rate in 2009 averaged 0.7 percent, falling beneath the 2008 low of 0.9 percent of scheduled worker days per month. Absence rates have declined consistently since 2005, when they averaged 1.5 percent of scheduled worker days. The survey of 267 human resource and employee relations executives also showed that absences tended to be lower in smaller than in larger organizations.

Jan 06

Yes, that morale problem is as bad as you think

Posted by MQuinn in workersrecoveryproductivitymanagement, job satisfaction, career


Now that we're all sobering up from our holiday eggnog, it's time to think more about the economic recovery that many of us expect to start to take hold this year.

I've already become convinced that it will largely be a jobless one.

That means managers will have to get more out of their existing workers if production is going to pick up.

Of course, what we're finding is that those that have survived layoffs still aren't that enthralled by their work. You can only recite the "at least I have a job" mantra so many times before it loses much of its motivational power.

Indeed, a report released Tuesday, based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board by TNS, found only 45 percent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61 percent in 1987, the first year in which the survey was conducted.

Nov 05

The workplace is ruining your ability to work

Posted by MQuinn in workersproductivityoffice


Offices are largely a modern phenomenon. And since an increasing number of people are finding themselves wrapped in their confines, it's understandable that we're exploring what they're doing to us.

Certainly now in the wake of (or the midst of, depending on whom you ask) the greatest economic collapse since the office became the standard workplace, we're taking its psychological impact even more seriously. France Telecom, for one, has had to struggle with more than 20 of its staffers taking their own lives within the past two years.

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