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Top News

Welcome
This month’s issue takes a hard and fast look at relevant topics circulating around our nation’s economic recovery. First, we investigate ways employers can keep employee morale high and combat turnover. Next, we take a closer look at such trending news as the oh-so-public Goldman Sachs resignation and the impact of nasty resignations on both employees and businesses. Finally, we delve into the impact of rising gas costs on businesses and take a closer look at how businesses are offsetting those added costs.

Work on the Go
An increasing number of employers are adjusting company policies to allow employees to telecommute, which keeps employee morale high, lowers overhead costs, and reduces tardiness—making this alternative form of work a viable solution for both businesses and employees.
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Business Stalled by Gas Prices?
Businesses, especially those that heavily rely on transportation, are feeling the impact of soaring gas prices, which are expected to jump to $5 per gallon this summer. As a result, we are starting to see companies find new and creative ways to offset the rising cost of gas.
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Goldman Sachs Exec Makes Big Exit
In mid-March, Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith resigned, and did so in a big
way. Upon resigning, he published an Op-Ed article in The New York Times that blasted the bigwig financial firm for ethical issues and bad intentions. We consider how nasty, public resignations like this fare for both the employee and the business.
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5 Tips for Retaining Top Talent
Steady months of positive economic reports indicate that the economy is slowly making its return. But what does that mean for employers? Added job growth to the economy means more options for workers. And while employees once felt glued to their current positions from lack of opportunity, they will start looking around for better job offers as new positions make themselves available. What will that cost you?
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March Jobs Report
The numbers in March’s job report don’t stack up to the positive expectations economists had for it. Despite the unemployment rate decreasing by one percentage point, there was not nearly the job growth that we have seen over the past three months.
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  Go Figure  
  8%
Percentage growth of staffing employment in 2011, according to data released by the American Staffing Association.
 
 
  What Do You Think?
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Management Matters
It’s tough to find good ways to reward employees without adding costs. That’s why you have to get creative and find new ways to show top performers your appreciation, and public recognition is often times a great route to take. Not only is it an affordable option for businesses, but it also drives competition among the other employees and encourages them to strive for better work results. Read more.

Safety Rules
Did you know that 40% of employees injured at work have been on the job for less than a year. Here are 7 reasons why:

  1. Employers assume that new employees know more than they really do—and that common sense will prevent most accidents.
  2. New employees are often afraid to ask questions.
  3. The workplace environment is new to them; they aren’t familiar with its hazards or what to do in an emergency.
  4. Employee training for a particular job often focuses on what to do—but neglects training about the job hazards to avoid.
  5. Employees do not know enough about hazardous substances in their workplace.
  6. New employees do not thoroughly understand the necessity of using required PPE—or how to use it properly.
  7. Companies don't send the message that safety is a high priority.

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