If you think some employers discriminate against job applicants who are 50+, you’d be absolutely right! According to a recent survey conducted by AARP those out of work age 55 or older spent an average of 50 weeks or more finding a new job, while younger job seekers were able to secure comparable positions in around 34 weeks. Why? Employers may assume that a long work history means older job applicants won’t settle for lower salaries, will miss more work due to health related issues, will quit sooner and are less likely to be technological savvy.
In spite of the media’s frequent pronouncements that our economy is on the upswing, the United States continues to experience persistently high rates of unemployment. With approximately 3 million jobs up for grabs why, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are there more than 3.1 unemployed persons for every job opening?
This is NOT your usual “tips and tricks” blog about how to have better meetings.
Unproductive meetings waste time and worse, put a drag on the work of the people in the meeting. Most organizations spend between 5% and 15% of their payroll on meetings. If a company (or division) has total annual payroll of $400,000 then the direct cost can be as high as $60,000 a year. If the same company has 11 full-time employees, the time consumed may be as much as 3,300 hours (more than a full-time person for an entire year).
Change in food handling rules for 2014, increases the need for ServSafe Certification. If you work in the food service industry, the approach of 2014 brings a significant change in the food handling rules. Currently, if one employee has completed the ServSafe food certification, the restaurant receives an extra 2 points on their score (that’s how many restaurants have scores over 100 points). Those bonus points will be eliminated as of January, 2014.
The season of giving is upon us! From Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to Christmas and Kwanzaa, (and let’s not forget Saturnalia and Pancha Ganapati) it’s that time of year when showing people how much they matter to us is a joyful and exciting tradition! So what’s on your gift list? Fruitcake? Chocolate coins? The ubiquitous (and ever-treasured) holiday sweater? All well and good. We all remember that reindeer sweater vest (trimmed with functioning jingle bells) that made the holidays of our youth complete!
There is nothing better than a partnership with our local community organizations and we have plenty of them. If it wasn’t for these partnerships we wouldn’t be able to gauge the current industry training needs, fulfill dreams, expand training skills and develop our workforce. So here is a shout out to just a few of those great partnerships – Thank You to Everyone!!!!!
A note from Barbara Butcher, a beloved Continuing Education HRD instructor; ……………………….First, I have to take a moment to say what a joy it is to be a part of the Human Resources Development Program of AB Tech working with HRD Coordinator, Gea Skeens, and her wonderful group of instructors and staff. This team of devoted educators is amazing and by far some of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with.