The White-Hot Demand for Engineering Talent Is Cooling, but …

The White-Hot Demand for Engineering Talent Is Cooling, but ... Feb. 22, 2024   ... the ratio of job listings to engineers is still more than 3-1. Here are some recruiting tips for manufacturers.   For most manufacturers, the ability to recruit and hire talented engineers is central to their long-term growth. From research &Read More

Less Hiring, Less Quitting, Few Layoffs

Less Hiring, Less Quitting, Few Layoffs Wall Street Journal January 4, 2024 U.S. job openings in November fell to the lowest level in more than 2½ years, underscoring the labor market's gradual slowdown from the frenzied pace of hiring and quitting that marked an earlier phase of the pandemic recovery. Job openings slipped to 8.8Read More

The New Headache for Bosses: Employees Aren’t Quitting

Just last year, companies were struggling to keep staff. Now, they say not enough people are leaving their jobs. By Chip Cutter Nov. 6, 2023 The white-collar labor market is softening to a point that companies are encountering an issue that would have been unthinkable in the era known as the Great Resignation. These days,Read More

Workers Keep Getting Big Raises, Just Not as Much as Last Year

Wage and benefits gains have eased but remain elevated as the Fed tackles high inflation By Gwynn Guilford and Nick Timiraos Oct. 31, 2023 12:03 pm ET Gift unlocked article Employers spent 1.1% more on wages and benefits in July through September than in the prior three months. American workers are still commanding big payRead More

Job Market Cools but Is Far From Freezing

The pace of hiring is slowing, but employers would rather hang onto their workers than lay them off By Justin Lahart Follow Aug. 29, 2023, 12:27 pm ET The heady demand for workers that the pandemic kicked off is subsiding. But even as worries about the economy persists, employers are in no rush to startRead More

To Address Labor Shortages, Manufacturers Must Become Talent Creators

Upskilling and reskilling of existing employees is also a vital piece of this employment puzzle. Chris Keaveney Our nation is facing a dire shortage of manufacturing workers. The National Association of Manufacturers forecast that by 2030, the United States could have 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs. A March 2022 survey from Deloitte and the ManufacturingRead More

Have you modernized your employee review practices?

Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers.  Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information amongRead More

Points Systems Won’t Get Your Employees to Show Up on Time

Punitive scoring brings out the worst in everyone. March 28, 2023 Carl Livesay Attendance and tardiness are a constant challenge. This is especially true when working with unskilled labor. Each occurrence is accompanied by an excuse or an explanation. Explanations are offered by reliable, trustworthy team members who rarely experience difficulty getting to work. ExcusesRead More

How Big Companies Choose Who Is Laid Off

Process can involve weeks of debate as employee performance, skill sets are reviewed By Chip Cutter, Wall Street Journal Soon after a company decides to cut its head count, the debate begins: Who should go? In the current economic environment, a final decision can take weeks, according to executives and corporate advisers. Workers remain inRead More