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9 Workplace Trends For 2015: What Could Happen & How to Prepare

Posted by Katie Whiting

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1. Generational shifts will increase

In 2015, millenials will become the largest generation in the workforce as baby boomers continue to retire in droves. And the Buffalo-Niagara region is no exception. As of June 2014, 16% of the Buffalo-Niagara jobs were held by baby boomers and job growth for millennials was at 9% and increasing. This generational shift from baby boomers to millennials will create challenges for companies both regionally and nationally.

So, how can you prepare? Educate employees on generational differences and similarities. Create cross-generational teams to avoid group think and offer diversity of thought and perspective to projects. Finally, tailor recruiting, talent development, and communication practices to best appeal to an increasing millennial population.

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Topics: Workplace

10 Tips for Workplace Gift-Giving

Posted by Katie Whiting

pexels-photo-296878.jpegThe holidays should be a time of appreciation and celebration. Unfortunately, it often becomes stressful and frustrating for employees everywhere who face the prospect of giving or receiving gifts at work. The below list details 10 tips for enjoying surviving holiday celebrations at your workplace. 

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Topics: Workplace

What Lake Effect Snow Teaches About Communication

Posted by SelectOne

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Photo courtesy of Joseph DeBenedictis and Jason Holler

Without proper communication, things can go downhill fast. In 2000, we experienced an unpredicted and unprecedented Lake Effect storm, stranding thousands of workers, students and motorists the week before Thanksgiving. In 2010, a similar event occurred, with the band focusing on the interstate. Buffalo won’t soon forget Snowpocalypse 2014. 

Similarly, sharp changes in workload, shifts in culture, and unanticipated turnover can impact any business. Just as those outside the Lake Effect wonder what all the fuss is about, sometimes business owners and executives are insulated from or unaware of significant issues. How and why does this happen?
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Topics: Workplace

Time to Take a Temporary Job? You bet!

Posted by SelectOne

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Take what you think you know about temporary job opportunities and throw it out the window. Long gone are the days of temporary employees earning low wages in jobs with no career advancement.

Today’s post-recession job market has caused a shift in the way companies are hiring. As a result temporary and contract employees have become increasingly valuable.

Now these positions are an integral part of staffing plans, and are often a necessity for growing companies taking on larger projects.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics even reports that the number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to 2.9 million — the highest amount in government records dating back to 1990.

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Topics: Career Advice

How to Become a Destination Employer in WNY’s Growing Economy

Posted by SelectOne

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Buffalo Billion. HarborCenter. Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. RiverBend and Solar City. 43North. Larkinville. I could go on listing initiatives, projects, development, and company expansions all representative of the same – the economic resurgence of Western New York and the boosting of our regional psyche.  

Buffalo is on the rise, and Buffalonians near and far are celebrating with a heightened sense of crescendo Buffalove.  Ultimately, what does this mean for companies competing for talent in our economy?  

This increased demand for skilled professionals without a corresponding uptick in supply is causing the marketplace for talented people to tighten.  What can your company do to ensure it meets the challenge of finding (and keeping) great people without breaking the bank?

Below are four ways to ensure your company positions itself to become a destination employer in WNY's growing economy. 

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Topics: Workplace, Hiring Strategies

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