What Do Hourly Employees Value?


Nearly 60 percent of U.S. workers are hourly employees, does your organization know what makes them tick?

(Via TribeHR)

The majority of staff in the United hourly employeesStates are hourly employees who have little to no control over their work schedules. The retail industry has an annual turnover of 80–100%. The cost of replacing hourly workers is up to 1/3 of their annual salary.

That’s why when the employee engagement is low, it’s vital for businesses to get staff enthusiastic about the organization and the role they play within in.

In 2013, Gen Y (those born after 1990) made up 25 percent of the American workforce. By 2025, this number will increase to 75 percent. To keep this growing group of employees happy, they say they want to schedule flexibility, shared values, immediate feedback, and a positive work environment.

Check out the infographic below, courtesy of When I Work, for more stats on hourly employee trends:

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Good/Bad News: Hiring Up, Engagement Down


Nearly two-thirds of employers expect a rise in voluntary turnover as the economy improves and market demand increases for specialized skills.

Beyond Money: How to Win and Keep Top PerformersWith an improving economy, employers are increasingly concerned about employee retention. The threat of a mass talent migration of workers searching for better employment opportunities is forcing more companies to evaluate and improve employee retention programs.

According to Mercer’s Attraction and Retention Survey for 2012: Continue reading “Good/Bad News: Hiring Up, Engagement Down”

HR Leadership: 10 Steps to Employee Engagement


How to Create an Employee Engagement Culture

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A 2011 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found conclusively that investments in superior human capital generates better performance by the company.

This should answer the question WHY employee engagement is needed, but it does not answer the question of HOW.

Employees have to feel the work they are doing is worthwhile, and that they are making a difference.  Involved employees are more likely to give 110 percent, with energy and enthusiasm beyond the basic requirements of the job.  Continue reading “HR Leadership: 10 Steps to Employee Engagement”

Improving Employee Engagement: More Than Free Coffee


Measuring Employee EngagementThe U.S. job market is slowly showing improvement; as a result, workers are beginning to look for new and better job opportunities.

In response, employers are making greater efforts to keep their best talent—with more than just perks like coffee and donuts, or even pay raises. It is a strategy; concerted efforts in employee engagement—making employees feel like a respected part of the company. Continue reading “Improving Employee Engagement: More Than Free Coffee”

Trust Is Higher for American Workers


With the grim news about the recent economic downturn, it is always uplifting to get some good news—trust is rising in the American workplace.

According to BlessingWhite, a Princeton N.J. consulting firm, both employee engagement and trust in senior management has risen in 2012. Forty-one percent of North American employees expressed engagement, compared to 33 percent in 2011. Continue reading “Trust Is Higher for American Workers”

How Are Your Soft Skills?


As a Human Relations professional, how are your soft skills?

Fundamental HR skills include planning, multitasking and a strong business sense. Also, required is a firm grasp of the latest trends in employee relations and legal regulations.

However, that is simply not enough to succeed! Continue reading “How Are Your Soft Skills?”

Hiring Tips for Generation Y


Every generation of workers has traits which set them apart from the previous wave of employees. Members of Generation Y—those born between 1980 and the early 2000’s—are no different.

As more “Gen Y’ers” begin to enter the workforce, as interns and employees, it is wise for human resources experts to understand what makes them tick. To be successful in recruitment and hiring new talent, it is essential for management to know the motivations of this new class of people, and how to make it work to their advantage. Continue reading “Hiring Tips for Generation Y”