Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill This Year: A Weekend Roundup

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If you’re having trouble filling finance, healthcare, or technology positions, you’re not alone. These industries are the toughest to hire for in 2017, according to a new study released by CareerCast. The study showed that more companies are hiring this year, leading to a shortage of skilled applicants in sectors with the highest demand.

There’s a shortage of eligible workers with the right qualifications in many fields, but these are the top 10 most affected by the shortage:

  1. Data scientist
  2. Financial advisor
  3. General ...
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Facebook Sets High Standard with New Bereavement Policy: A Weekend Roundup

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Facebook will now grant up to 20 days of bereavement leave in the event of a family member’s death. The announcement, made by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, included that the leave would be paid and that up to 10 days will be granted to those who have lost an extended family member.

The social media giant is setting a high standard with the new policy, which is well above the U.S. average. Currently, 81 percent of organizations provide paid bereavement ...

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Is It Time to End the Affair?

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Let’s face it—ending any kind of relationship can be hard. Even if it’s just one of your business’ vendors, letting go of a long-term partner can be tough. However, when it comes to employment screening, the wrong vendor could be putting you at financial risk or sending you reports that don’t meet your standards. Here are the five warning signs that it’s time to dump your background checking company:

  1. Their turnaround times are a little too perfect. KRESS completes 85 percent ...
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Wellness and Education Trends to Watch for in 2017: A Weekend Roundup

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Healthy employees are more productive employees—that’s what businesses across the country will hear from their HR managers in 2017. Employee health and emotional wellbeing are the latest in new incentives that are rising in popularity. For many businesses, the success of these programs could outweigh the additional costs. Programs promoting physical and emotional health include wellness programs, personal monitoring devices, and changes in office buildings.

Technology is a key part in all of these programs, but most notably in personal monitoring ...

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Is Your Valentine a Sex Offender?

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Swipe left, swipe right. More than 15 percent of Americans have used a dating app or site, according to the Pew Research Center, but reports from 2016 also show that meetups planned through these apps can lead to crimes. These crimes, as reported in the U.K., include serious offenses such as sexual assault.

We don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but ignoring the dangers of online dating can lead to situations that could have been avoided with only a ...

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5 Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

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There’s an app for everything—we know that by now. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, and many of them are aimed at increasing productivity and helping you take care of everyday tasks. Research shows that Americans check their phones dozens of times per day, so why not make your mobile device a little more helpful? Here are five free apps that will make your life easier, from finding a parking space sooner to helping you relax:

  1. Headspace
    Let’s ...
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Study Shows Employee Recognition Boosts Retention: A Weekend Roundup

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Does it seem like your employees are going through a revolving door? If you’re experiencing a high turnover rate, a new study shows that increasing employee recognition can boost retention rates. In a 2015 survey, SHRM found that employee retention was the No. 1 challenge identified by HR professionals.

You may be concerned that employee of the month or other award programs will cost you. Some companies oppose any increases in benefits. The study showed that simply acknowledging and thanking ...

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What Will Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office Mean for Employers?: A Weekend Roundup

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President Donald Trump’s first 100 days will focus on several major policy issues, many of which will affect employers. A primary policy concern for the administration is the Affordable Care Act, which many employers have voiced concerns about. Congress is a slow-moving entity, but the first 100 days of a presidency are often highly influential on policy changes. Trump has said he would like to move quickly on these policy initiatives, and here’s what is most likely to be ...

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