September 23, 2021

It’s Nice to Put a Face to a Name

Working in an office for forty-plus hours, Monday through Friday, is outdated. It’s so 2019! Virtual work is here to stay. The pandemic transformed work-life, and the transformation isn’t over. According to a recent survey by The Conference Board, more than a third of U.S. workers may leave their jobs within six months to find a flexible work arrangement. Flexible work location was ranked higher than better pay and career advancement. Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President of Human Capital at The Conference Board, said, “…Employees are much less willing to embrace the rigid, conventional work policies of the past about […]
August 17, 2021

Vax No Vax

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) allows employers to require employees to have COVID-19 vaccines. Houston Methodist Hospital made headlines in June when the court upheld their termination of employees who did not comply with the vaccination mandate. The plaintiffs argued the hospital was violating public policy since the vaccines were distributed under Emergency Use Authorization rather than following the Food and Drug Administration’s usual processes. Federal Judge Lynn Hughes dismissed the case stating it was the hospital’s judgment to provide a safer environment for their employees and patients. Hughes also stated employees have a choice to work elsewhere. Employers […]
June 21, 2021

Help Wanted!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Statistics this month. The national statistics reflect what local employers feel. There are more job openings than people to fill them. Job openings increased by nearly a million (+998,000) to 9.3 million from March to April. The number of people hired remained unchanged at 6.1 million. The gap increased. There are half as many people available (1.4) for every open position as there have been in the past twenty years (2.8). The largest number of increased job openings at the end of April was in food services (+349,000), […]
April 20, 2021

Sleep on It

Many studies have shown sleeping on it has benefits. In one study subjects were asked to convert a string of digits into a different string by applying two principles. No one was told about a third secret rule that could provide a shortcut to the answer. One group went to sleep for eight hours following the training. The second group remained awake all night. The third group was trained the next morning and remained awake for eight hours before being re-tested. The group that went to sleep following the training was twice as likely to gain insight and use the […]