Do you have too many open tabs to count? Do you wish you had a longer morning bus ride, just so you could spend more time reading recruiting and HR publications? Do you pride yourself on staying on the cutting edge of everything in the talent acquisition and human capital world? If so, congratulate yourself — keeping yourself informed of all the latest industry happenings while staying on top of your work is no easy feat.
Here at Glassdoor, we’re aiming to make it just a little bit easier by rounding up some of our favorite recruiting- and HR-related articles over the past month all in one location. Read on to find out which articles are worth checking out, and what they’re all about!
Just when you think your company finally nailed recruiting Millennial talent, another generation comes along: Gen Z. This piece by the Wall Street Journal explores who makes up Gen Z, what their career aspirations are and how employers can attract and retain them. A few key takeaways: Gen Zers are diverse, financially risk-averse and competitive, yet anxious. Companies hoping to attract them to their companies may want to give them small work teams and hands-on managers, embrace mobile and video technology and provide robust benefits packages.
[Related: 3 Keys to Retain Your Gen Z Workers]
While an 18-year record-low unemployment rate is good news for the economy overall, it poses a challenge for recruiters who are already struggling to bring in top talent amidst a competitive labor market. Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain explains that growth was particularly strong among the professional and business services, health care and construction fields. “Demand for talent remains strong and shows few signs of slowing,” Chamberlain summarizes.
In a competitive labor market, it only makes sense that wages would continue to grow. The median base pay in the U.S. is now $52,461 per year, up 2.4 percent from a year ago. Pay gains were particularly strong in San Francisco and for lower-wage workers like maintenance worker and bartender, though white-collar positions like Human Resources Manager showed growth as well. Companies hoping to hire during this tight labor market may want to consider raising their wages to keep up with the competition.
As your company prepares to welcome Gen Z, don’t forget to remain inclusive to older workers as well. According to USA Today, more and more older workers are encountering age discrimination. Organizations advocating for older workers recommend employers do away with forced retirement ages, introduce phased retirement and provide career development and flexible scheduling for all employees.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops have allowed employees to work more flexibly, but the ability to stay connected at all times can also have harmful effects on employees, HR Dive reports, citing a study from Virginia Tech University. Companies expecting employees to be on call at all times can lead to anxiety, burnout and even serious health problems. For better long-term productivity, the lead author suggests companies set limits on how much time employees work after hours.
[Related: Workaholics’ Day: How to Spot Burnout]
Why so serious? asks this piece from Fast Company. Turns out, laughter isn’t just good for employee morale — it can also impact your company’s bottom line. Studies have shown that laughter enhances problem-solving abilities, makes colleagues enjoy working with one other more and promotes innovation. As long as humor’s kept appropriate, it may very well boost company performance.
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