February 3, 2017

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 …