Top 10 JOBS for 2016: This Could be YOU in 2017

“Since all companies have an online presence these days, they all need people who know how to build online and mobile platforms,” he said. “In addition, they need technical people who can manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn’t have data management at their fingertips to review and analyze. I expect these jobs to continue to be hot and in-demand for several years to come.”

Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist, Glassdoor

The top ten jobs as identified by Glassdoor’s survey include what the base salary is, as well as the current number of job openings. This not only gives job seekers a clue as to what pays the best, but it also points out the best jobs for work-life balance as well as the current need in the job market. If you are currently looking to change up your career path Read more

Total Rewards: What Speaks to Your Employees?

When coming up with a total rewards plan for your organization, make sure you consider several things. You want to make sure that you are offering your employees things that they really want. A great way to find out what this might be is to conduct an employee survey, assess your company culture, and find out what makes your employees happy. Not all rewards will motivate all employees in a similar way, but by examining the workforce you are employing, and taking a survey of what makes them feel valued, you can make the right steps in the coming year so that you are reaping the best results for your total rewards plan. Loyalty from employees will save you time and money on turnovers, and will also improve your company morale. So it’s a win-win if you can learn to speak your employees’ language in terms of what they need out of their workplace. Read more

Can Using Employee Self-Assessments in December Ward Off Resignations in January?

Did you know that January is the most popular month for considering a job change? After the year-end bonuses and year-end reviews are complete, employees start to look at their options a little more closely. Of course, there’s questioning from many organizations today surrounding the use of performance reviews at all (which we’ve blogged about previously here: But, if your organization does use performance reviews, then we’d like to suggest that an employee self-assessment could uncover some of the issues leading employees to look elsewhere for employment after the beginning of the new year. From an employee point-of-view, what would cause him or her employee to leave your organization? The self-assessment is an opportunity for you, as the employer, to alter the course! Read more

Education vs. Experience: What’s More Valuable?

“Historically here, there’s been a tremendous amount of weight that’s been given to four-year university degrees and not nearly enough weight in my opinion is given to vocational training facilities and vocational training certifications.”

Jeffrey Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn Corp.

Does your organization require all job applicants to have a Bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for a vacant position? Will an applicant be considered without a degree if they have extensive experience and a successful track record in a similar role? How much weight do you personally (as a hiring manager) put on a candidate’s educational background? Read more

Overtime Rule Blocked – What Does This Mean for Employers?


Employers will be happy to know that (at least for now!) a federal judge in Texas has blocked the overtime rule passed by President Obama that would have required employers to raise salaries or convert many exempt employees to non-exempt status. The Texas judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, essentially halting the rule until a decision is made.

As a refresher, this is the overtime rule that raises the salary test for Administrative, Executive, and Professional employees to qualify for exemption from overtime pay under federal law to $913.00 per week or $47,476.00 per year. The preliminary injunction means that the rule that was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016 is temporarily stopped.  Which means employers get a free pass for now! Read more

When Millennials are Managers: How Does This Affect the Older Generation at Work?

As we have seen a shift in many businesses from a promotional system based on seniority (aka you’ve been here 20 years so you now become a manager…even though you have zero leadership skills or training on how to actually manager people) to one based on merit (aka you’ve done well at your current position and show the ability to lead a team, so we are making you assistant manager of your department). But how does this affect the multi-generational workforce when a 25-year-old employee who’s been with your company for less than a year is now managing a staff of 50-year-old employees who’ve been with your company for over twenty years? Read more