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US Businesses Give in to Worker Demands to Keep Employees

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As many American businesses struggle to fill jobs, some have started negotiating demands that used to be non-negotiable for most hourly employees. As US businesses give in to hourly worker demands to keep employees, are they also ready for a future of work that demands more for all categories of workers? One of of the top demands for many workers is scheduling – the days and times they spend on the job. […]

Greater Flexibility is One Worker’s Demand

Hourly workers are now seeking more flexibility in their schedules. That means employees are pushing back against requirements to work weekends, late nights or holidays.

There are currently many job openings in the United States. So workers can be more careful about the jobs they choose.

It’s about flexibility.

There were 10.4 million job openings at the end of August and 11.1 million openings the month before. Those numbers are the highest since at least December 2000, when the government started recording the data. At the same time, the U.S. Labor Department said the number of people quitting their jobs jumped to 4.3 million in August from 4 million in July.

A recent study from employment company ManpowerGroup found that nearly 40 percent of jobseekers worldwide said schedule flexibility was one of their top three issues in career decisions.

Job Adverts Catches Up on Flexibility

SnagAJob.com, an online marketplace for hourly workers, says the word “flexibility” now appears in about 11 percent of the more than 7 million job postings on its site. That number was around 8 percent earlier in the year.

It’s a juggle to find them, and a juggle to keep them.

Instawork is an employment marketplace that connects local businesses with hourly workers. It says the rate at which employers were able to fill weekend schedules dropped from January through August compared with weekday work.

Money Chases Flexibility, But Can it Catch up and is it Enough?

Such changes are happening as companies try to hire more workers for the upcoming holiday season. Target Corporation, for example, said this month it will pay $2 an hour more to employees who agree to work schedules during busy days of the holiday season.

Sumir Meghani is co-founder and CEO of Instawork. He told The Associated Press that he thinks companies are learning that money alone cannot solve their hiring issues.

“It’s about flexibility,” Meghani said. He added, “It’s about workers saying ‘I don’t want to work weekends’ or ‘I can’t work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays because I don’t have child care or schools haven’t reopened’ or ‘I am worried about COVID.’”

Equal Pay, For Same Job. Equal Flexibility/Work-Life Balance For All Jobs

Meghani says hourly workers are now asking how they can get the same work-life balance as workers in other kinds of jobs who can work remotely.

During the pandemic, hourly workers were hit especially hard when businesses like department stores and restaurants were forced to close for a few months during the spring of 2020. Those who remained employed at essential businesses like grocery stores found themselves working too much and too hard.

Donald Minerva is the owner of a restaurant called Scottadito Osteria Toscana in Brooklyn, New York. He told the AP that right before the pandemic, he had 16 employees who worked different schedules at his restaurant, which was open six days a week. Now, Minerva has 14 workers and he keeps his restaurant open just five days a week with limited hours.

Minerva says 70 percent of his workers are from the pre-pandemic days and want to work 40 hours a week. But the new workers want more flexibility.

“It’s a juggle to find them, and a juggle to keep them,” he said.


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Your life and your celebrations are yours to design.


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How to Celebrate Big Achievements When Your Entire Team Works Remotely

Research from a 2020 TELUS International survey found four out of five workers struggle with shutting down for the night, while almost half of employees feel less mentally healthy while working from home. And there lies the challenge. So, how can remote workers feel like an engaged member of a company’s team and overarching culture when there is little or no in-person interaction?

Here are some tips for remote-work celebrations that make working alone and from home a little less isolating.

The perks of remote work are vast; the freedom to set own schedule, get to work with teams across the globe, and most days, have pajamas as work uniform.

Plan Your Own Annual Celebration

Choose an activity that brings you happiness, e.g. spa day, because your celebration is yours to design.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments on a Smaller Scale

Set up regular lunch or coffee dates with colleagues and friends; where you can celebrate each other’s wins, and encourage each other through challenges.

Also, learn to carve breaks into your day. Likewise, it’s important to have an accountability partner who can check in on you.

Try to fully enjoy your positive experiences and practice savoring. Start to appreciate life’s small pleasures, and thereby promote your mental health and well-being.


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Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, we lose sight of the things that really matter.

Carta CPO, Suzy Walther/(www.hrdive.com)

Retirement is not the end. Rather it is the beginning of a new journey. 

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10 Reasons Why You Need To Plan Your Retirement Seriously

1. Job Security

Unless one adapts and remains flexible in the changing work environment, the workplace could be a tough nut to crack going forward. And this is true especially for those who are in the middle-age or nearing retirement.

Keep yourself fit and healthy to keep the momentum going in your second innings of your life once you retire.

2. Increasing Life Expectancy

Women are now having a higher life expectancy compared to men. So, when men are planning for a retired life of about two decades after retirement, for women there has to be further buffer accounted for. It is possible someone can earn for 35 years from age 25. But after retirement, the non-earning period can be another 30-35 years.

3. Impact of Inflation

There is the impact of inflation on savings, and this slowly and steadily eats into the purchasing power of everyone.

4. Financial Plan

You need to plan your finances and your work-life balance in such a way that you have the time and the energy to pursue your passion and interest even when there is no active income source during the retirement years.

Irrespective of your age, if you are earning, you need to have a financial plan in place. This should have an overall big picture account of where you stand now, in terms of your finances, and where you want to reach.

5. Asset Allocation

All the wealth that you are able to create over the long term to meet your goals will depend on how well you manage your asset allocation mix during the earning period. Asset allocation is therefore the most important part of wealth creation.

As a retiree, your focus should be on two things – your health and your finances. 

6. Nearing Retirement

Don’t carry a debt burden into your retirement years. Health and Wealth go hand in hand. And in order to preserve and enjoy the fruits of wealth and your labor, you need to remain healthy.

7. Holistic Retirement

Holistic retirement requires you to maintain balance between mind, body as well as your financial life. To make sure you do not have to worry about your finances during the golden years – away from the hustle and bustle of the corporate work-life – make full use of your earning period to go through the non-earning period comfortably.

8. Unretire

It is time to retire the old notions of retirement and how we look at financial security. Having a house, car and a bank balance will no longer be considered adequate because of the changing environment.

Bottom Line

Retirement is not the end, rather it is the beginning of a new journey. 


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