Developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.


The Right Manager

Improves staff engagement.

Staff engagement is considered as the No. 1 factor helping companies to grow, but it is also one of the most difficult to maintain. What causes employees to be put off their work so pervasively?

Poor relationship development with colleagues often creates disengagement, as does the feeling that what one says and does has little effect on the organization as a whole. But the vast majority of issues boil down to poor management; in fact, managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Two of the most important things managers need to get right in their organization:

  • Fostering a culture of open and regular communication
  • Creating an environment of trust

Managers should be constantly thinking about how to improve the performance of others, and they do that best when they are held accountable to their own performance.

Source: “Two Ways Managers Can Improve Staff Engagement,” The Staffing Stream, by Hugh Tonks, CEO of Thymometrics.

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Survey highlights the best-paying jobs in America.

Physicians, lawyers and research and development managers bring home the biggest paychecks, according to Glassdoor’s latest report highlighting the 25 highest-paying jobs in America for 2016. The report is based on people who have shared their salaries on Glassdoor over the past year.

Making an Impact

Gen Xers most engaged in the workplace.


Gen Xers — those born between 1965 and 1980 — care most about making an impact on the business and are the most engaged in the workforce, according to an executive survey released by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry.

When asked which generation is the most engaged in the workforce, more than half of respondents, 52%, said Generation X. Baby boomers and millennials were tied at just under 25%.

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Employees Not ICs

Union calls for gig workers to be W-2 employees.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council advocates the classifying of gig economy workers as employees. “Encouraging on-demand companies to rely on a workforce of independent contractors who lack the rights and protections of employees is bad public policy, yet four states have passed legislation doing just that for Uber and Lyft drivers,” the council’s statement said. “Similar bills are pending in five other states.”


Minimum wage signed into law by Oregon Gov.
Kate Brown to go into effect by 2022.