The Job Market

The outlook for 2017 is predominately growth – in the economy, and in salaries. A recent SHRM report forecast a 3.2% growth in salaries. However, the pool of job applicants is shrinking, which is why so many companies are increasing salary offers.

Those that are not are having a harder time finding top talent.

Amid this tightening job market, there is another dynamic shaping the recruiting landscape: some companies are having a hard time finding applicants with the skill sets they need; and, even when they do, they are behind the curve offering commensurate salaries.

Though the unemployment rate is expected to remain in the 4-5% range, there is also a problem with ‘under-employment.’ Many of the jobs that have been created are low-wage jobs; higher paying jobs that can support families have eroded, and many people that lost high-paying jobs do not have the skills necessary for top paying jobs today. This disconnect is contributing to the 4- 5% unemployment rate.

Good candidates with the skills needed, on the other hand, are moving more freely toward higher paying jobs with opportunities for promotion and career growth. A recent study found professionals consider promotion opportunities more important than pay. As a result, tenure, too, is down to 4.4 years – its lowest point in 10 years.

There is no way to calculate, reliably, what a bad hire costs a company, though 30% of that employee’s annual salary is a conservative estimate.  But in addition to direct costs, there are other real costs – lowered productivity and employee morale – that make it important not only to find, but retain top talent.

In this tight job market, some companies are having success recruiting top talent; they are using new strategies – video, artificial intelligence, mobile-centric approaches, new and custom benefits packages that include flexible scheduling, and more –  to hire and retain employees.

2017 HR TRENDS Toolkit


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Greater use of video, mobile-centric recruiting strategies, adjustable benefits packages, flexible scheduling, and artificial intelligence are noteworthy 2017’s HR trends – how some companies are changing recruiting.


Video in recruiting is cost-effective, efficient, and more engaging to potential job applicants. An SHRM article reported on a network of healthcare providers in the Philadelphia:

Main Line Health, a network of hospitals and health care centers in the Philadelphia area with 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, uses video to reach multiple job applicants simultaneously. The system allows HR to perform pre-interview screening, assess an individual’s skills, and evaluate who should be invited for an in-person interview by identifying the strongest candidates based on their competencies and experience after comparing responses to a uniform set of questions.

The process saves the employer time and allows job seekers to share their stories when it’s convenient for them. “The use of video interviewing has cut down the many phone calls, messages and e-mails between the recruiter and the candidate,” says Main Line’s Manager of Recruitment Rhonda Barrison. She says the system lets applicants respond via a video link “when they have the availability and privacy to do so.

One global technology company’s use of video resulted in a 20% increase in hiring capability with the same staff.

A small business in Alpharetta, Georgia was inundated with over 1,000 resumes for an entry-level sales position after deploying a video-based system to handle interviews. The company’s talent director reported, “I reviewed 1,000 candidates in the time it used to take me to deal with 100 via resume and phone.”

Applicants are using video links to submit video resumes that are much more helpful to a company’s recruiting effort, but companies are also using video to stand out from their competitors, providing short insights to the company’s culture and employees.

Fidelity, the nationwide financial services company, began creating short 30-40 second videos that introduced a position’s hiring manager and co- workers to potential applicants. The videos were shot on smartphones and distributed in their job posts. The results were powerful. Fidelity’s Talent Director, Trish Davis, reported that applicants spent twice as long with the video posts, and that they had far better engagement.

The firm with whom Fidelity worked, reported that applicants are four times more likely to pass a video job posting around. And, the videos don’t have to be professional; brief and authentic work best.

Video is perfectly suited for the myriad social media platforms, and growing mobile-centric environment – able to adapt well to virtually any text or social media platform.

Video chat, too, is growing in popularity. Reports indicate that 36% of smartphone users use messenging services like Facebook Messenger and What’s App. These numbers should continue to grow in 2017. Last year, an HR professional in India began a What’s App chat group strictly for HR professionals, and focused on jobs; within one year, six more groups launched, each one containing the maximum number of 236 individuals.

One group reported 55 job success stories. Clearly, incorporating video into recruiting is an important trend.


If you haven’t adapted your recruiting process around mobile, you are already at a disadvantage. More people now open emails on their mobile phones than on a desk or laptop computer, especially millennials. In 2016, mobile communication surpassed laptop and desktop for the first time. What this means is that recruiting strategies must account for mobile. In 5 Ways to Use Tech to Drive Hiring, HR consultant Tony Dill explains why mobile adaptation is important:

Many HR departments have not even investigated whether their online job applications function on multiple platforms. An application that’s unusable on a phone or tablet gives off a poor impression, and is less likely to be completed. Conversely, a bright, clean interface that’s mobile-optimized is appealing to millennial talent, and begins building brand loyalty before applicants ever set foot in your offices.

Are your questionnaires brief? Do they reflect your company’s understanding that a large share of prospective employees will be responding on their smartphones? If it’s too long, Dill says it will lose you candidates:

Applicants want to see an application that’s brief. Ten questions or less, in fact … Filling out a long application on a mobile device is a hassle. Applicants know they’re going to provide you with a resume and cover letter. They know there will be an interview process. Redundancies feel like time-wasters.  And job-seekers are applying for multiple open positions, so while a long application may not seem like a problem to you, and you may even view it as a useful tool to weed out less serious candidates, job seekers’ time is at a premium … 62% of them say your application should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. 60% say they won’t finish an application that’s too long.

Studies also reveal that 500-600 word job descriptions work best.


Remote and freelance employees are trending. Intuit, the QuickBooks company, released a report showing that more than 60 million Americans will be working in some form of freelance capacity by 2020 – that’s 40% of the American workforce. The growth of this demographic is due to the experience and cost-effectiveness freelance workers provide.

Freelance sites like Upwork, Toptal, and collaborative sites like Trello and Slack are making freelance relationships seamless. Companies save 20-30% with freelance workers on benefits packages, and other assorted costs like office space. In addition, companies invest less in training because freelancers are generally adept at their trade or skill.

The freelance trend works well for companies with projects; or, for growing companies that cannot yet afford to hire full-time employees. The trend is growing, and some of the most successful companies are increasing their use of freelance employees, and adding remote positions because it is a strong benefit that appeals to millennial employees.

Fast Company’s article, ‘The Digital Nomads Guide to Working Anywhere’ is a good resource that provides excellent remote working tips.


Millennials are a unique breed, as anyone that hires them already knows; and, in 3 years they will make up more than 50% of the workforce. This demographic is mobile-centric, highly concerned about purpose and passion in their work, and, for the first time this year, the largest segment in our population. With this change is a different focus on what’s most important in job selection. For millennials ‘company culture,’ is what’s most important.

An SHRM article about a recent Korn Ferry study stated:

The No. 1 reason candidates choose one job over another today is company culture (23 percent of respondents selected this option), followed closely by career progression (22 percent) and benefits (19 percent) … Five years ago, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, 39 percent of respondents chose a prospective employer’s benefits package as the top reason to choose one job opportunity over another, according to the study, followed by company reputation (19 percent) and job stability (16 percent).

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Peter Pan’ generation due to their propensity to avoid ‘growing up,’ these adults born between 1980 and 2000 value ‘humor’ more highly than other demographic groups; and, companies are now including humor in recruiting millennials.

General Electric has long been known as a manufacturing company, but in recent years they have become global leaders in the development of world-changing technologies. To overcome the manufacturing perception that was hindering their recruiting efforts, they combined both video and humor into a campaign designed to attract millennials.

It worked. Per GE, their ‘What’s Wrong with Owen’ campaign received more than 800,000 views and generated an eight-fold increase in job applications.  GE’s ability to capitalize on recruiting trends helped them succeed finding talent.


SHRM’s recent post from Pamela Babcock, How Intelligent Machines are Changing Recruiting presents several new AI products intended to help improve recruiting efforts. To this point, the services are focused on       ‘process automation and efficiency.’

Though AI is new in recruiting, and its impact not yet clear, the article mentions a Harvey Nash Human Resources 2017 Survey that found ‘15 percent of HR leaders polled from 40 countries said artificial intelligence and automation are already impacting their workplace plans; and, another 40 percent said they expect AI and automation to affect their plans within two to five years.’

The SHRM article identifies several intelligent approaches gaining interest in HR circles:

Boston-based Affectiva, an emotion recognition software company, helps gauge candidates’ emotional intelligence and truthfulness during video interviews by analyzing facial expressions, word choice, speech rate and vocal tones … Hire IQ is using voice analytics to aid recruiters in hiring workers for jobs like customer contact representative … Mya uses natural language technology to ask questions of candidates based on job requirements … keeps them apprised of their hiring status, and answers candidate questions on company policies, benefits, and culture around- the-clock through SMS, Facebook, Skype, e-mail or through a browser window called a chat client where people can chat instantly … and X.ai, an artificial assistant schedules meetings or candidate interviews with no need for human intervention.

Even IBM’s Watson, according to the article, “can help recruiters measure the degree of effort required to fill certain job openings and help prioritize job requisitions.”

There is even software that can predict how likely passive candidates are to be interested in a job (EngageTalent), and an articial intelligence assistant that interacts with recruiters like Amazon’s Alex (RAI).

Articial Intelligence is disrupting the HR industry, and appears poised to help recruiters improve their ability to find and recruit top talent.

Week’s Best – Trump’s Speech & Business | #1 Key to Fulfillment | The Best Mentors

March is already here – the first two months of 2017 have gone by quickly.

Just a little over a month into his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a speech that won over many of his staunchest critics – even if just for a short time.  Business Insider described it as ‘Presidential,’ and posted an article that touched on all the important points – many were business related.  The speech confirmed that he intends to repeal and replace Obamacare; that his administration is working on tax reductions; and, that he is reducing regulations on business owners; growth, he constantly repeats, is his focus … Bloomberg zeroed in on what Trump’s call for a ‘border tax’ on imports actually means, and how Republicans in congress are responding.

In HR, Inc. published the findings of a 75-year Harvard study on personal fulfillment, and found one thing stands out above everything else.  You can learn the key by reading the article here … SHRM posted an article about how companies can be Pet-Friendly – a trend among businesses trying to lure millennials …  Remote workers are another trend with businesses of all sizes.  By 2020, experts believe that 40% of Americans will be remote or freelance.  Law Logix’s I-9 Rules for Remote Workers will give you plenty of helpful information … and Fast Company’sDigital Nomad’s Guide to Working Anywhere on Earth‘ is a good resource for finding some of the best software and services available for remote work, or for managing remote workers.

In Leadership, Harvard Business Review published a brief article on What the Best Mentors Do – a highly popular post that reveals the things that work, and the things that will ruin a mentor relationship.

In Productivity, Lifehacker posted an article that can help you separate productivity from busyness.  Productive or Busy ?  8 Ways to Tell gives you a list of questions that can expose your personal time-wasters.

Enjoy Your Weekend.

Week’s Best – State of American Workplace Report | 9 HR Trends | The Real Key to Happiness

Welcome to our week of February 25th blog …

It was a big week for HR, as Gallup unveiled its new State of the American Workplace report.  The report contains findings from their massive study of American employees, and details the state of workplace engagement – an enlightening study.  You can click the link above to go straight to the report, register and download it – think you’ll find it enlightening.

Also in HR, SHRM posted 9 HR Trends for 2017 … and, an informative article on ‘How Intelligent Machines are Changing HR Recruiting,’ which introduces you to several new auto-bots that are improving efficiency – definitely worth a read if you are in HR.

In Sales & Marketing, Entrepreneur posted The 5 Laws of Advertising and Marketing that Haven’t Changed in a Half Century.  The article covers the principles that form the foundation for all good marketing campaigns – a good read … and, we believe that video is one of this year’s Top 4 trends for business.  Social Media Examiner’s 3 Ways to Use Video for Business provides a few helpful ideas that may get your company started in the right direction.

In Leadership, Tim Sackett’s article How Small Business Can Win Top Talent focuses on the advantages small and mid-size companies have in the recruiting wars against larger companies.  In this tight job market, every advantage is key; his article may help you adjust your approach to recruiting.

Stressed for time?  In Productivity, Harvard Business Review published 3 Ways to Get More Done Now , an article that highlights a few simple ways to eliminate the distractions that rob one’s ability to focus … and, ; a reminder that just understanding how to use all the rapidly changing technology is not enough to make campaigns succeed … Inc.’s Psychology Says This is the Most Important Contributor to Happiness, and It’s Not What You Think contains helpful information about the most important contributors to employee engagement.  The article’s point is supported by several other recent studies, including Gallup’s new ‘State of the American Workplace’ study we cited earlier in this post.


And, in Technology, Inc.’s John Brandon gushes about a Cool New Weather App that claims to improve your mood and productivity.  APP-arently the Sunshine app is the real deal; according to the author, he tried it for a month and found it improved his mood … sounds too good to be true; wonder if he’s an investor.

Enjoy Your Weekend.

Week’s Best – New #1 Reason Candidates Choose Jobs | Labor Pick Acosta and Business | How to Retire Rich

Donald Trump’s cabinet is slowly being filled.  Former Labor pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on the eve of confirmation hearings; but, new pick, FIU Law Dean Alexander Acosta, is reported to be highly qualified and respected by both parties.  You can learn more about Acosta, and what he may mean to business in the story from SHRM.

To get caught up on the rapid changes in the marketplace, read Fast Company’s post on the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies

Cyber Security is considered a top issue in 2017.  Last week, we highlighted an article in Forbes, Why Cyber Security Should Be the Biggest Concern in 2017, from a professional hacker that revealed the problems hackers are posing for small and mid-size companies.  This week, Entrepreneur posted The Major Data Breaches, Ranked by State – that reinforces the claims.  I don’t want to spoil for you where Florida is ranked, but it’s pretty high on the list …

In HR, SHRM posted two articles about trends in HR: Recruiting Gets Smart with AI reveals some of the impressive ways artificial intelligence is making the finding of top talent more effective and efficient ; and, there’s a new #1 in town when it comes to reasons job applicants select an offer; and, it’s not salary or benefits, though both are important. Learn about this trend in Candidates Choose Jobs Because Of Company Culture.

The House voted to Halt Government-Run IRAs for Small Business, a trend that had been endorsed by the Obama administration, but opposed for a variety of reasons by those in the business community. Learn more about the issue and its potential impact in this article from SHRM … Most people don’t know that they can lose 50% of their retirement savings in penalties if they don’t withdraw funds in time. Read Slavic 401k’s post, Avoid This 50% Hit to Your Retirement Savings to become informed on the subject, and to learn how to avoid the penalties.

This could be the year E-Verify becomes national law, according to a recent article in SHRM.  Iowa senator Charles Grassley introduced the bill to the Senate this week, and there seems to be enough support in both houses, and the White House, to make it a national mandate.  Up until this time it had been voluntary.

In Leadership, Justin Bariso’s Science says This One Thing Will Make You a Better Boss, Spouse and Parent  presents the results of studies on the importance of genuine praise – a topic we’ve covered before, but that warrants a re-visit because of its significant, and highly cost-effective impact on employee engagement and personal relationships.

In Productivity, Inc. posted an article from NY Times #1 Best Selling author, Tony Robbins, on How to Retire Rich, one of this week’s most popular posts.  His 4 main points are the result of dozens of interviews with those who have achieved their goal of retiring wealthy – worth a look … and, if you’re having a rough day, Entrepreneur‘s Rough Day?  Exercise and Sleep are the Best Ways to Shake It Off points out the most effective ways to handle difficult days, according to scientific research.

In Trends, Facebook is moving into TV and Video programming, and this week announced that it is moving into Job Postings, too – that article from Recode … and, Engadget reports that you may see the first Driverless Flying Passenger Vehicle in Dubai this summer.

Also in Trends, Geoffrey James posted that email remains one of the most important marketing trends for 2017 … but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its issues.  We’ll leave you today with a brief video that illustrates some of the frustrations we have all felt at times … enjoy!



2017’s Compliance Issues Reveal the Need for Small Business Owners to Get Some Relief:  Drive By ADA Lawsuits, 70% Increase in OSHA Fines and Penalties, and 100% increases in poster penalties, too.  We’re not even discussing ACA, FLMA, EEOC – you get it.

The Trump administration has promised some relief from business regulations with the President’s 2 for 1 executive order, but you won’t see much in 2017, and the reality is that compliance will continue to devour your time and resources – and there are new issues weekly.

Why go through all the hassle?  Partner with STAFFLINK instead.  We’ll handle all your compliance issues for you.  We’re on top of all the continual changes.  Go back to doing what you love to do, and let us serve you; our goal is to make you successful – it’s a trend for small and mid-size companies that Business Pundit and others have recently reported.

Let STAFFLINK handle your compliance issues. Our goal is to make you successful … spend your time building your company, and let us handle the time-consuming HR issues.

Call me, Abram Finkelstein, at 954-423-8262 to learn more about how simple and easy it is to let us simplify your life, and protect your business.

Week’s Best – Trump Halts Fiduciary Rule | 2017 is Cyber Security’s Year | 5 Things Causing Burnout

Welcome to week 3 in the Trump administration.

Donald Trump’s executive orders continue: This week, President Trump blocked the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for further study.  The rule had been scheduled to phase in beginning in April.  According to Investopedia, the rule demands that advisors act in the best interests of their clients, and put their clients’ interests above their own, leaving no room for advisors to conceal potential conflicts of interest.  It also states that all fees and commissions must be clearly disclosed in dollar form to clients.  In addition, the new rule adds brokers, financial planners, insurance agents and financial salespersons to the fiduciary level, increasing their financial accountability.  Formerly, these individuals were protected as long as they provided ‘suitable’ investments; now, however, with the new rule, they are legally obligated to put their client’s best interests first.  The new rule could therefore eliminate many commission structures that govern the industry.


However, there is some concern that the new rule may actually be hindering employees from receiving advice and assistance with their retirement investments; therefore, the executive order delays the rule until an ‘economic and legal analysis’ can be performed … At STAFFLINK, we believe fiduciary protection is vital.  We encourage you to review the STAFFLINK 401k for your company because it provides the fiduciary protections you need.  You can watch a brief video that outlines six advantages of the plan, including its fiduciary protection, at the end of today’s post.

In Risk, Forbes posted a story entitled, “Why Cybersecurity Should be the Biggest Concern of 2017.”  Written by a professional hacker, the article outlines the growing threat to business owners. The day after that post, it was disclosed that a Dallas hospital was fined 3.2 million dollars for HIPAA violations due to a security breach.

You can find some very helpful tips on protecting your company b7 reading our STAFFLINK blog post on the subject.

In Benefits, NerdWallet published an excellent article on the differences between FSA and HSA savings accounts, used, in part, to help employees deal with high out-of-pocket deductible expenses.  The post provides a simple comparison of the different features of both plans, making it easy for you to choose the right one for your company.

In Management, the Business Pundit posted How to Decide if You Should Outsource Your HR – a story about the trend among small and mid-size businesses to outsource their HR to PEOs.  The article provides a checklist that may make it easy to consider whether outsourcing your own company’s HR to a PEO makes sense for you; if it does, please contact STAFFLINK for a proposal so you can compare our services.
In Trends, Fast Company published the Top 3 Non-Profit Jobs of the Future. Of course, Data Scientist is one, but you may have a problem guessing the other two.  The article provides information that may help you plan for the future regardless of your ‘profit’ or ‘non-profit’ status.
In Productivity, Inc.’s Amy Marin posted 4 Brain Exercises Champions Use to Build Mental Strength – an article about reaching your peak peformance … and, Christina DesMarais posted 11 Ways the Most Successful People Differ from Everyone Else, an article we dubbed, ‘The Success Formula.’  The post contains the daily personal productivity habits highly successful leaders have in common – a good read if you are looking for reliable information on this subject.
Lifehacker published a story that helps make the case against the open office in Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health … and, Fast Company highlights the serious problem of workforce burnout, something we touched upon last week in another article.  This post identifies the 5 Things Causing Employee Burnout, and reveals what some companies are doing to prevent it.
Enjoy Your Weekend.

Week’s Best – Trump Slashes Regs | Job Growth Crushes | Workforce Burnout Epidemic

This first week of February is starting out as eventful as the month of January.

The most recent jobs report shows The Strongest Job Growth in 10 Years, according to today’s story in TLNT … Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, by all accounts a highly qualified jurist, to the Supreme Court; but the nomination promised to be a battle royale, not because of his qualifications, but due to the highly charged political environment.  Whatever your politics, it appears Gorsuch will be a strong pick for small business – that story from our CNN Money … and, SHRM reveals that experts are forecasting a 3.2% increase in salaries for 2017.

President Trump also signed more executive orders (seven to date); some of which, like the Muslim immigration ban, created significant controversy.  By comparison, though, Barack Obama signed 276 executive orders while president, including nine in his first two weeks; several of which were also politically controversial (Guantanamo Bay?).  The Daily Signal believes Trump’s executive order calling for a 75% decrease in business regulations may provide a strong boost to small business

In HR,  Glassdoor posted The Top 50 Jobs in America … and, the Fundera Blog published, 16 Small Business Regulations You Need-to-Know – a very good resource worth downloading … The IRS reminded business owners to beware of the W2 Phishing Scam that uses internal employee names to request W2 information.

Two stories about employee engagement made our list this week:  first, several publications reported on Kraft-Heinz’s decision to forego buying a Super Bowl Ad this year, and give their employees a paid holiday instead. We liked the Daily Dot’s version of the story because it included last year’s Super Bowl Ad, which was a real dog (sorry) … and, we posted Daniel Pink’s Classic TED talk, The Puzzle of Motivation.  The talk is 18 minutes, but well worth the time investment.

In Sales & Marketing, Business News Daily posted a story, “What is an Elevator Pitch?”  The article explains the important of the pitch, and offers some helpful tips for creating a great one.

In Productivity, SHRM posted a story on The Workforce Burnout Epidemic.  The article reveals some of the symptoms and causes of serious employee disengagement.  On this issue, MindTools’s article, How to Avoid Burnout, provides a very good understanding of what causes burnout, how it differs from stress, and what can be done to prevent and deal with it – highly recommended.

Well, it’s Super Bowl weekend, and Houston is this year’s home of the event … we would be amiss if we didn’t include one of the best Super Bowl commercials this year – especially relevant in light of all the recent controversy about our neighbors to the south …

Enjoy your weekend, and the Super Bowl …

Week’s Best – Trump’s Executive Orders | How ACA Order Affects Health Plans | Power of 90-Minute Intervals

Donald Trump is off to a quick start, signing executive orders on a wide range of issues …

His first executive order was to roll back Obamacare … He then signed orders to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and freeze federal hiring … and, on Wednesday, he turned his attention to building the border wall with Mexico, halting Syrian Immigration, and defunding Sanctuary cities.

Now that Congress and the President have signaled their intentions to repeal Obamacare, all attention turns to its replacement.  No one, including the Republicans, it seems, knows what will happen, but SHRM’s post, ‘How Trump’s Executive Order on ACA Could Afffect Employer Health Plans,’ provides some analysis that helps small business owners gain a better picture of the potential options that may affect their own health plans.

In HR, U.S. News published a story on the ‘5 Employee Benefits Trends in 2017‘ … and, SHRM  posted an in-depth article about ‘2017 Trends in Employment Screening‘ that contains some detailed analysis of the types of issues companies now face – like screening of freelancers, removal of ‘ban the box’ questions, and the need for continual screening, among other things.  And, employment screening is not the only HR area to experience change: TLNT  thinks ‘Everything in HR is Changing This Year.’  We’ll find out …

In Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s sage writer, Geoffrey James, penned ‘5 Marketing Megatrends Every Salesperson Should Know About in 2017′ – an insightful piece that describes the demise of some traditional marketing methods, and proclaims the superiority of one approach, though he admits most companies that employ it do it wrong.  Find out which approach your company should be using in 2017 by reading his article.

In Leadership & Management, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran shares ‘The One Trait All Incredible Leaders Have in Common,’ a brief video about what she really is at the core of greatness.

In Productivity, Inc.’s Wanda Thibodeaux published an insightful article about the research behind body rhythms.  ‘Why Working in 90-Minute Intervals is Powerful for Your Body and Business‘ explains why you are sharper at certain times, and how to capitalize on the daily chemical processes that affect your ability to think and produce …  and, Entrepreneur posted a throwback video that contains some helpful information about ‘5 Ways to Handle Stress.’  The information summarizes several other articles we posted in 2016, but it is organized, simple to grasp, and sound – worth a view if you sometimes feel overwhelmed … Inc.’s 7 Simple Things Successful People Do Every Night is a good read that may help you improve your nocturnal habits.

In Trends, Mashable reported that Google Translate has now added Japanese to a list of languages that can be translated instantly by simply pointing your android smartphone at the text.  You can find the Google Translate app at the Google Play Store, of course … and, we all know robots are going to replace jobs in the future, but Fast Company’s ‘Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs Robots Will Replace‘ presents a surprising list of tasks robots will soon perform that may take you by surprise.

Enjoy Your Weekend.


Inauguration day is here: Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th president of the United States at 12:00p EST.  It promises to be an activist presidency.  If you did not see his speech, you can see the full speech here on CNN.

The President-elect has promised an active schedule, including an immigration plan in his first 100 days – that story from SHRM … 

In Leadership & Management, Harvard Business Review posted an article about ‘mindfulness’ that can help managers overcome reactionary habits, like anger.  Their post, Spending 10 Minute a Day of Mindfulness Can Change Your Reactions to Everything includes simple, yet practical steps that guarantee subtle changes that can help leaders stay in control in challenging situations … and, Science Reveals the Age at Which You Peak at Everything was a very popular video post this week from Business Insider that reveals at what age you’re the strongest, best able to handle math calculations, able to learn a second language, and several other things – an interesting view.

In HR, SHRM’s Professionals Prefer Promotions to Pay Raises cites the findings of studies that show advancement and growth are very important components of your employee development strategy, if you want to keep key talent in your company … Harvard Business Review also posted How to Deliver Criticism so Employees Pay Attention; a helpful article with practical tips that will help you avoid the mistakes of most managers … the I-9 form has been changed; you’ll need to start using the new form soon.  Find out about the changes and deadline for using the new form in the SHRM post … Cyber risk is increasing rapidly for small business owners.  STAFFLINK posted The 25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords to show you what they are, and provide you with tips to make the ones you create more secure.

In Trends & Technology, Fast Company posted, Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs that Will Be Replaced by Robots.  The article reveals the inroads automation is making in many fields, and how those gains are costing jobs – some of which are in fields you may not have guessed … and, are you an Android or iPhone smartphone owner ?  Business Insider ran a story about 6 Things Android Phones Can Do that iPhones Can’t . Some of the differences may be significant to you if you are considering a new smartphone … and, where are the ‘Hot Jobs’ in 2017? You can read SHRM’s post to find out.

In Personal Productivity, three articles stand out this week: First, SHRM posted an article, Stressed at Work?, that provides a list of insightful articles that can help you deal with a number of different kinds of stressors – a good read … Inc. re-posted an article from Quora, 9 Toxic Habits that are Wearing You Down.  The post provides you a list of the nine habits, and simple, yet helpful recommendations for dealing with each one … and, lastly, if you want a good night’s sleep, what you eat before going to bed can have a very significant effect – even two hours prior.  We combined two different video posts from Business Insider to give you a list of the ‘Best Foods to Help You Sleep,‘ and also, The Worst Foods if You Want a Good Night’s Sleep.’  Both videos show you four of the best and worst foods, and explain the research that led to each food’s selection.

Well, 2017 promises to be an exciting year.  In trends, we spoke about automation.  You are probably aware of the autonomous cars being tested by Uber, and autonomous trucks being tested in Europe; and, the autonomous delivery drones now being beta-tested by Amazon in the UK.

Along these lines, we’ll leave you with one of the best ads of the week, a brand new spot for Mercedes-Benz that features their new ‘remote parking pilot.’  The automation future is becoming mainstream.

Enjoy your weekend.


Week’s Best – Florida Lands 3 of Top 20 Best Cities for Finding Jobs | The Repeal of Obamacare Begins …

The inauguration hasn’t even taken place yet, and the legislative battles have begun in Congress.

Senate Republicans began the process of dismantling Obamacare by passing a budget resolution that will prevent a democratic filibuster – that story in the Chicago Tribune.  What will they replace it with ?  No one yet knows – stay tuned.

What Can You Expect from the Labor Market in 2017?  SHRM posted an article that posits continued growth, especially in certain industries. Read the article to find out which ones … and, Florida landed three of the Top 20 Best Cities to Find a Job in 2017, a trend article from Business Insider

In HR, Steve Boese of HRExecutive Online posted an article about the Top 5 Emerging HR Themes for 2017: AI and ’employee experience’ are two of the themes; perhaps, you can guess the others … TLNT published The Hiring Secrets of Top CEOs. The article reveals some of the ‘fit’ formulas that work well for companies like Facebook, Virgin, Kayak and others … January 31 is this year’s deadline for submitting W2 forms.

In Productivity, Inc’s Minda Zetlin posted, Want a Lifetime of Better Brain Function?  Change this One Habit Inc. also posted a brief video (1:09) from author, speaker, and productivity guru, Tim Ferriss, entitled One Key to Accomplishing All Your Tasks in 2017 – a good video backed by scientific research … and, Fast Company published Why the Most Productive People Do These 6 Things Daily – a simple, but helpful review and summary.  The article is one of the better productivity reads this month.

The inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump takes place next Friday, January 20; Senate confirmation hearings are already taking place on his nominees for the country’s top posts; and, President Obama issued his farewell address this week in Chicago.  2017 promises to be an eventful year …

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