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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?

Interview Questions Never To Ask

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 →