Stand out in a competitive job market by constantly updating your skills and joining professional associations within your industry, suggests Bianca Miller Cole. Keep up with the trends within your industry, and shape your education and skill-building around those trends.
Facebook fell from the top spot on Glassdoor's annual Best Places to Work list down to seventh place, largely due to the company's declining work-life balance rating. "Work-life balance is terrible. Everyone in my team works outside regular hours, night and weekends. No one will explicitly say that you have to do this, but given the competitive culture, you pretty much put in extra hours," one Facebook employee told Glassdoor.
Frequent performance feedback, corporate culture and immediate compensation have become more influential than a steady paycheck and good benefits in driving employee engagement, Scott Wallask writes. This shift affects technology development in this space, with HR managers seeking a one-stop portal that supports engagement efforts.
Though Miami-Dade County, Fla., has extended a nearly 20-year-old living wage ordinance to encompass shops, restaurants and other vendors at Miami International Airport, airlines and their subsidiaries, as well as restaurants and shops with pre-existing leases, aren't required to comply. Maria Sanchez, who works for Sky Chefs packaging meals for American Airlines, gathered with dozens of other workers and Rep.-elect Donna Shalala, D-Fla., at the airport Wednesday to bring attention to the issue.
Facebook has declined to No. 7 from No. 1 on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list, the first time since 2015 that the company has fallen. The steepest drop comes in the category of employee satisfaction, with workers expressing frustration about Facebook's culture and senior leadership.
Effective onboarding, including multiple elements of support, can boost retention by 50%, according to UrbanBound. HR consultant Heidi Lynne Kurter outlines 10 ways to improve onboarding, including implementing frequent check-ins, automating paperwork and setting clear expectations.
Jane.ai aims to give employees intelligent access to HR policies in any digital workspace, writes John Sumser. "The goal is to eventually create a tool that is the living, breathing repository of the organization's values," he writes.
Companies such as Google, Ford and Unilever are using digital HR tools to improve the employee experience, make better talent decisions and automate processes, writes Michael Heric from Bain & Co. "For areas other than payroll and recruiting, reducing process-level costs is a much lower priority than broader business outcomes such as speed, accuracy and quality," Heric writes.
Job candidates expect employers to offer mobile-accessible applications, keep them updated on the hiring process and communicate with them after making an offer, a survey from CareerBuilder and SilkRoad says. "Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in enabling touchpoints along the recruitment and new-hire journey to facilitate human interactions," says SilkRoad CEO Robert Dvorak.
Technology providers and outside administrators can automate employees' pretax spending, saving them money and reducing companies' payroll taxes. "Employees don't have to figure out the difference between an FSA, HSA or [Section] 125 plan, since the system determines what they are eligible for, presents them with options, and then manages elections and transactions," says Avi Karnani, CEO of Alice, which integrates with payroll systems.