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Phoenix ranks 7th for job growth

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Unemployment and job growth continue to capture attention as the U.S. economy rebounds from the Great Recession. This week, the final, revised numbers on state and city job growth for the year 2013 as a whole are out. Research Professor Lee McPheters of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University provides… Read More →

The Madness of March in the Workplace

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Over the course of the year, there are a lot of reasons to remind employers of potential pitfalls or the need for a workplace initiative: Avoid embarrassment and liability at the holiday party; harness New Year’s resolution to enroll employees in your wellness program; remind employees about harassment and the risks of dating a co-worker… Read More →

Arizona Jobs at Risk in Latest Defense Budget

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The world is a dangerous place, which is why we should proceed with extreme caution when we consider big cuts to the Defense Department’s budget. What’s happening in Ukraine right now is a reminder that there are existential threats to freedom and stability around the globe. In a time of escalating tensions worldwide, we don’t… Read More →

4 Ways to Come Up with Brilliant Ideas

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March is National Ideas Month. Hey, whose bright idea was that? Here’s an intriguing idea from New York Times best-selling author and writing coach Michael Levin,: “Creativity is a muscle; use it or lose it.” Levin, whose new Books Are My Babies YouTube channel offers 160-plus free tutorials for writers, says anyone can grow their… Read More →

Arizona in running for Tesla battery factory

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Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Wednesday it’s considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people. The company didn’t immediately name the locations it’s considering in those states. Tesla plans to start construction this year and complete the factory — which it dubs… Read More →

You May Love Job, But What About Co-Worker?

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February 10, 2014 by in Featured | Legal | Women In Business | Workforce

Love is in the air, and sometimes those amorous feelings lead to claims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. As Valentine’s Day approaches, employers should be mindful about office romances in light of some interesting statistics: More than 20 percent of married couples met at work, yet nearly half of those employees reported… Read More →

Most Will Not Take All Their Vacation in 2013

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December 19, 2013 by in Business News | Workforce

For the third year in a row, nearly 70 percent of North American employees do not plan to use all of their annual vacation time, according to Right Management, the talent and career expert within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). The 2013 results of the online poll report 69 percent of respondents will not take all their… Read More →

How to be Your Boss’s New Best Friend

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October 5, 2013 by in Featured | Workforce

If there is any belief in the universe more ubiquitous than the belief that there is a universe, it is the belief that Boss’s are Idiots (aka iBosses).  The genetic pre-disposition (nature) crowd believes that many people in positions of institutional authority were imbued with the stupid gene at conception.  Subscribers to environmental influence (nurture)… Read More →

Advice on doing background checks on potential employees

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September 29, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

Many employers are surprised to learn that they should not automatically exclude an applicant based on a felony criminal record. Doesn’t an employer have a duty to protect other employees and customers? Employers do have an obligation to properly screen employees, but they should ensure that the screening does not run afoul of anti-discrimination laws.… Read More →

GPEC, ASU earn Department of Commerce Grant

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The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and Arizona State University (ASU) this week were awarded a $170,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The initiative, called the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP) seeks to accelerate manufacturing sectors and job creation in cities across the country. The funds will be used to develop a… Read More →

Workers Put in Longer Hours than 5 Years Ago

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September 24, 2013 by in Featured | Workforce

Employees are putting in longer hours than five years ago, according to a poll by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup. Nearly four out of five surveyed workers said their organization’s employees spend more time on the job since the recession began in 2008. As many as 67% said they are… Read More →

How Personal Employment Information Is Shared And Sold

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September 20, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

In today’s competitive business world, employers constantly are seeking ways to increase efficiency and reduce cost.  One obvious option in this effort is outsourcing, and employers certainly should be free to delegate functions to third-party vendors when it makes sense to do so.  But what are the implications when outsourcing requires an employer to share… Read More →

Progrexion Announces Phoenix Office, Hundreds of Jobs

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Progrexion, the nation’s leading provider of services in the credit repair industry, today announced it is opening a new office in Phoenix, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. “We are excited to enter such a dynamic and high-quality market like Phoenix to meet our growth demands. We acquired 30,000 square feet in North… Read More →

How hirable are you?

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In a dreary economy, any job might seem like a good fit but many careers (i.e.: IT) require specific skills.  The career experts at Computer Systems Institute did some digging and found interesting stats on reasons career-specific training makes you the best hire. For instance, they found: •   43% of people with licenses or certifications… Read More →

Employers post fewer jobs, but hire more

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U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market. Job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower. Overall hiring increased to 4.4 million,… Read More →

SRP among Top Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

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September 3, 2013 by in Energy | Featured | Workforce

Salt River Project was ranked among the top adoption-friendly workplaces among a group of 100 energy and utility companies on the 2013 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List, released today by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In the 2013 survey, SRP was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the Energy and Utilities category.  This is… Read More →

Connextions adding about 500 Jobs in Phoenix

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Connextions, part of the Optum™ health services business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), announced it will fill approximately 500 new jobs in Phoenix in the next 60 days. Connextions, which helps carriers enroll, retain and provide service to their members, has already begun hiring people to work in its new solution center in Phoenix. These… Read More →

Could doing the right thing hurt your business?

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There are few stories as disheartening as those of Good Samaritans who come to the rescue of others – only to have kindness repaid with a nasty lawsuit. The first inclination for many is to help our fellow man, yet, as director of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), I’m often asked… Read More →

‘Bring Your Own Device’ trend a growing concern

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August 16, 2013 by in Featured | Mobile | Tech | Workforce

The rise in popularity of smart phones, tablets and laptops has blurred the increasingly thin line between professional and personal life, between work time and personal time. But it’s is also creating security concerns for business owners who let their employees use those tech toys for work. “Employers need to address the question of how… Read More →

How do you Address Rampant Employee Disengagement?

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August 10, 2013 by in Featured | Workforce

An alarming Gallup poll published earlier this year is still sending shockwaves throughout the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don’t care one way or the other about them. Less than a third of Americans are actively engaged in their work, meaning they’re passionate about it, enthusiastic and energetic. They’re consistently… Read More →

Does how you look affect how you’re treated at work?

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August 8, 2013 by in Featured | Workforce

Is it a coincidence that the least attractive people in your office are the butt of all the jokes? A study just published in the journal Human Performance would suggest that it’s not. Brent A. Scott and Timothy A. Judge wanted to learn more about counterproductive work behaviour (CWB), understood as “behavior intended to hurt… Read More →

Amazon looks to fill jobs in Arizona

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Amazon.com Inc. is looking to fill 7,000 jobs in 13 states. The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders. The world’s largest online retailer has been spending heavily on order fulfillment, a strategy meant to help the… Read More →

Knoodle Brings ‘What Not to Wear’ to Workplace

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Many consider business fashion a cookie-cutter style wasteland rife with bland polo shirts and pencil skirts. However, renowned creative agency knoodle is giving office couture a makeover by helping companies navigate the minefield of fashion faux pas with its newly announced menu of image management and personal styling services. To provide the most dramatic and… Read More →

New App for HR Professionals

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July 2, 2013 by in Featured | Mobile | Tech | Workforce

Fisher & Phillips LLP announced that it has developed a Smartphone and Tablet app that allows employers to calculate certain FMLA leaves of absence. The Beta FMLA Leave Calculator app will allow human resource professionals and other managers to calculate basic leave requests and determine how much FMLA leave an employee has available. This Beta… Read More →