In case you missed it: Sept. 7
Since it’s the first Friday of September, our news recap wouldn’t be the same without an overview of the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment numbers for August. Last month, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 96,000, and the unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent. Food services and drinking places, professional and technical services, and healthcare were all industries that reported large employment gains.
Moving from August to September doesn’t just mean BLS updates; it’s also (unfortunately) the unofficial end of summer. But while you returned to the office after Labor Day to enjoy a short work week, you may have missed a few things. Take a minute to catch up on some workplace news that you might not have heard.
In today’s economic climate, contract work has become standard practice. According to the Freelancers Union, independent workers now make up 30 percent of our country’s workforce. Nellie Akalp, CEO of Corpnet.com, educates employers on a few cautionary measures when hiring contract employees, including having a clear-cut distinction between employees and contract workers, as well as taking extra precautions in order to avoid misclassification mistakes.
John Zappe of TLNT reports that contract and temp workers have now surpassed a previous peak in numbers from 2006. The staffing industry has gained back all its numbers from the recession, but regular employment has only gained back half the jobs. Zappe quotes a U.S. News & World Report article, which points out that “in 1983, temporary workers made up just over half a percent of all employment. Now, that figure stands at nearly 2.3 percent — a remarkable change, despite the small numbers.”
Paul Spiegelman of Inc. gives readers tips on how to keep their company out of the running for one of the worst places to work. He suggests five “Ps” for keeping employees happy: purpose, pay, promote, prepare, and “phun.” Instilling a sense of purpose in employees and paying them competitive wages are two surefire ways to keep your company off the dreaded list.