It might actually suck more to NOT lose your job to automation

It might be worse if a robot doesn't steal your job

Work automation is coming, baby! The highest numbers you’ll see in various articles are close to 50 percent — meaning 1 in 2 jobs could be automated someday. That’s a whole thing, no? Today, Fast Company has an article about “What Work Will… Continue Reading

You should probably be making about $30,000 more

You should be earning more

Whenever a new batch of “employment/jobs” data gets released — which happened at the end of last week in the U.S. — I always get kind of frustrated, because (a) no one really understands the unemployment rate and (b) it really… Continue Reading

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Job growth is nice, but earnings are stagnant — and that’s bad

Paycheck

Admittedly I don’t know a ton about economics — I actually got a D in Micro frosh year of college — so I’m not really that strong on all the different indicators of an economy’s health. I can tell you… Continue Reading

The job market is killing the marriage market

Last March, there were some studies out indicating that 15 percent of currently-single people may never get married. Since then, we’ve seen new data that singles make up half the U.S. population (first time ever, apparently), and now there’s this: we… Continue Reading

Only about 25 percent of the world has a full-time job

Take a look at that chart above — it shows the countries in the world with the highest P2P, or payroll to population, rates. P2P is measured by Gallup, usually as part of the ‘State of the Global Workforce’ rollout… Continue Reading

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No one really understands the unemployment rate

There are actually six different “unemployment rates,” although predominantly when people use that term in cocktail party banter, they mean “the number of people looking for work who can’t actively find it.” But by no means is that the entire picture (I wrote… Continue Reading

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People will tell you “the last jobs report was good!” Show ’em these two charts re: unemployment rate and labor force participation.

Chart 1: Chart 2: Both charts are via here. The easy headline for the jobs report is “288K new jobs created!” or “Unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent, lowest in years!” An even more robust header for it might be “The U.S. is… Continue Reading

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Employee engagement and the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report: What can we learn?

I’m writing this at the intersection point of a couple of different aspects of my life: 1. A few years ago, I went to graduate school to focus on organizational development/behavior and employee engagement. I was interested in these topics because… Continue Reading