Leader's Digest - News for Today's Business Leaders
June 2015
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Top News

Lyft drivers ready to pick up passengers. Employee or Contractor? The Answer Could Change the Economy
Whether using Uber, Lyft, Handy, Task Rabbit, or Postmates, there is now a business for nearly any human task that needs doing. Organizations like these have hundreds of thousands of people working for them who are all classified as independent contractors (not as employees). If a flood of recently filed lawsuits decides that these workers are actually employees, the parent companies would have to pay benefits, health insurance, and incur other costs which could set a precedent that would greatly alter, and possibly dismantle, the entire sharing economy. Read more.

The Class of 2015 Graduates into Best Job Market since the Recession
The Class of 2015 is preparing to don their caps and cloaks, turn their tassels, and transition from college life into the "real world." Commencement speakers will encourage new graduates to follow their dreams and change the world, but many soon-to-be grads are worrying about the more immediate question: "Will I be able to find a job?"
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Do New Grads' Job Expectations Match Reality?
New grads are starting out in the labor force with a firmly Millennial mindset about work. They have a high sense of self worth and elevated expectations for their future employers. Optimism reigns for the Class of 2015: 80% feel well prepared and more than half feel that they excel in essential job skills. But their assumptions may not match up with the reality. Employers don't share their positivity and new grads may have unrealistic expectations about what employers actually want or offer.
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What Faking an 80-Hour Week Tells Us about Work Culture
A recent study of a global consulting firm found that many of their staff felt overworked and wanted to resist the expectation to be a 24/7 worker. Employees approached their objective to gain more manageable hours in two ways: some chose to make inconspicuous changes that allowed to them to have more flexibility while others chose to make more transparent decisions to push back against the expectations. The first group managed to "pass" as wholly devoted employees willing to put in their 80 hours (even though they were not), while the second group was harshly marginalized.
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Cracking the Millennial Consumer Code
Millennials remain a mystery for many companies. Those belonging to Generation Y have been characterized as both self-absorbed narcissists and socially conscious advocates for change, as lazy Peter Pans and ambitious self-starters. Whatever they may be, Millennials will soon become the largest group of consumers in the United States with enormous buying power. Companies that understand four fundamental mindsets and experiences of Gen Y can crack the code to harness their enormous purchasing influence.
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May Jobs Report
A second straight month of strong job growth continued to boost optimism that first quarter stagnation was due mostly to winter weather and not a sign that the economy is stalling. The U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate edged up slightly to 5.5% as more Americans returned to the labor pool and actively started looking for work. Read more.

Management Matters

Asking for Vacation Time
Summer is coming and that means many employees will be hoping to take a vacation, leave the office behind, and hit the beach. One manager expresses concerns that employees are no longing asking for time off, but telling her when they'll be out. Anita Clew offers advice on how to deal with employees needing time out of the office and how to handle vacation demands versus requests. Read more.

Go Figure

  53 Percent

The percentage of employers who will be offering summer jobs that pay an average of $15 per hour, twice the federal minimum wage, according to a new CareerBuilder study.


 
 
Management Tip

 

Have your team run your one-on-one meetings...
In your regularly scheduled meetings with your reports, make sure that you put them in charge of the agenda. Give them the responsibility of coming to the table with thoughtful and strategic questions and let them set the pace of the meeting. Not only will your team take more ownership of their work, but your meetings will be more focused and effective.

 
Safety Rules

Fighting Fatigue at Work

Although not as evident as some injuries, extreme fatigue leads to uncontrolled and involuntary shutdown of the brain and is a danger to your employees. Physical or mental exhaustion can be demonstrated by:

  • Slowed job performance and reduced quality.
  • Inability to recall recent thoughts or conversations.
  • Trouble solving problems or frequent errors.
  • A near-miss accident.
  • Drooping head or frequent yawning.

Keep your employees safe by promoting the following ways to prevent and fight fatigue:

  • Get eight hours of sleep before starting work and sleep at the same time each day.
  • If rotating shifts, establish clockwise rotations (from day to evening to night), which make it easier to go to sleep when a worker goes to bed.
  • Take all scheduled work breaks and eat a snack or exercise during the break.
  • Eat a balanced diet and begin the "day" with high-protein foods and end with carbohydrates. Do not eat great quantities before bed, and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes.
  • Stay focused by walking, stretching, and doing aerobics.

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