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Staying out of politics and San Antonio jobs

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

It may be important to keep politics away from the workplace at San Antonio jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 3 in 10 employers (30 percent) and nearly 1 in 5 employees (17 percent) have argued with a co-worker over a particular candidate this election season, most often about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Overall, 19 percent of employers have argued with a co-worker over Donald Trump vs. 17 percent over Hillary Clinton. While both male and female employers say they have debated with a co-worker over Trump most (22 percent of men, 16 percent of women), men are nearly twice as likely as women to say they’ve argued with a co-worker over Clinton (21 percent vs. 11 percent).

When it comes to employees, 13 percent have argued with a co-worker over Donald Trump and 8 percent have argued over Hillary Clinton. Male employees (20 percent) reported a higher incidence of arguing politics at work than female employees (15 percent). Comparing age groups, younger workers (ages 18-24) are the most likely to report engaging in heated political debates at work at 24 percent.

Workers are often urged to remain politically correct, but according to most, their workplaces are censoring them too much. Half of workers (50 percent) and nearly 6 in 10 employers (59 percent) believe the workplace has become too politically correct in America, and a third of employees (33 percent) are afraid to voice certain opinions because they feel they may not be considered politically correct.

More than half of workers (55 percent) describe their workplace or management (59 percent) as politically correct.

And although more than a fifth of workers (22 percent) say political correctness has made their business stronger, more than a third (34 percent) say it has hindered business, making people tiptoe around issues and afraid to speak their minds instead of addressing the issues head on.

While most workers choose to keep political debates outside of the workplace, those who like a little healthy debate should keep it at that – healthy. To avoid letting political talk turn sour, Haefner says managers should:

  • Recognize there’s a thin line between freedom of expression and a potential source of conflict. Consider providing respect and dignity behavioral training to all employees and emphasize tolerance for different ideas, beliefs and needs.
  • Ensure your harassment policies and harassment complaint system are posted and that employees are trained in the process. Similarly, make sure employees are aware of any guidelines that prohibit bringing campaign materials into the office.
  • Create a culture of open dialogue and mutual respect, but if conversations do turn heated, encourage employees to walk away.

 

ApprenticeshipUSA to boost San Antonio labor jobs

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Some new contracts will go to boost San Antonio labor jobs through the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative.

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s historic investments in the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative, the department’s Employment and Training  Administration said announced it is seeking to award three to five contracts to workforce intermediaries, including community-based organizations; labor organizations; or workforce, industry and education organizations to develop national or regional “opportunity partnerships.”

The agency expects these partnerships to increase gender, racial, ethnic and other demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships, among traditionally underrepresented populations. These contracts focus specifically on increasing apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

This is the fourth installment of a $90 million funding strategy to grow and diversify apprenticeship announced in April 2016. They follow an unprecedented $175 million investment in apprenticeship announced by the Obama administration in September 2015. The ApprenticeshipUSA initiative’s goal is to double the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs nationwide.

“When it comes to expanding apprenticeships to help traditionally underrepresented populations share in the growth of our economy and blaze a trail to the middle class, we cannot take our foot off the pedal,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This project and $90 million in ApprenticeshipUSA investments  demonstrate our commitment to continue to diversify our pool of apprentices and break down barriers to opportunity in this proven earn-while-you-learn model.”

The contracts intend to increase the number of opportunities for underrepresented populations to successfully prepare for, enter and complete Registered Apprenticeship programs. Specifically, contractors will:

  • Identify, develop and disseminate tools and strategies that increase access, entry and retention in Registered Apprenticeships for underrepresented populations.
  • Through partnerships and direct technical assistance to Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, help apprenticeship programs develop diversity and inclusion plans and implement strategies that increase the diversity of workers entering and completing Registered Apprenticeship programs successfully.
  • Support the continued replication and scaling of successful diversity and inclusion practices.

Transportation jobs in San Antonio grow

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The number of transportation jobs in San Antonio has grown, according to a recent study from ADP.

Private sector employment increased by 172,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 95,000 jobs in June, up from 84,000 in May.

Employment at companies with 50-499 employees increased by 52,000 jobs, down from last month’s 60,000.

Employment at large companies — those with 500 or more employees — increased by 25,000, up from May’s 23,000. Companies with 500-999 employees added 21,000 and companies with more than 1,000 employees added 4,000 this month.

Goods-producing employment was down by 36,000 jobs in June after an additional loss of 5,000 jobs in May. The construction industry lost 5,000 jobs, offsetting May’s gain of 9,000 jobs. Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 21,000 jobs after losing 3,000 the previous month.

Service-providing employment rose by 208,000 jobs in June, a stronger increase when compared to May’s 173,000 jobs. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 51,000 jobs, up from May’s 47,000.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 55,000, nearly twice that of the 27,000 jobs added the previous month. Financial activities added 2,000, down from last month’s gain of 13,000 jobs.

Are companies hiring for mobile technology jobs in San Antonio?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

A recent Careerbuilder job forecast shows that companies are hiring for mobile technology jobs in San Antonio.

he U.S. hiring outlook for the next six months is expected to mirror the same period in 2015 — but paychecks will likely become a little bigger — according to CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast. More than half of employers will raise wages for current employees while 2 in 5 will offer higher starting salaries on job offers in the second half of the year.

 

Looking across all industries, 1 in 6 employers (16 percent) said they plan to hire more recruiters in the next six months to help bring new talent in the door. Some of the in-demand roles employers said they will be recruiting for in the second half of the year are those tied to:

  • Cloud technology – 12 percent
  • Mobile technology – 11 percent
  • Social marketing – 11 percent
  • Providing a good user experience – 11 percent
  • Developing apps – 9 percent
  • Wellness – 9 percent
  • E-commerce – 9 percent
  • Financial regulation – 9 percent
  • Creating a digital strategy – 9 percent
  • Managing and interpreting Big Data – 8 percent
  • Cyber security – 8 percent

Among broader functional areas, employers will be hiring for:

  • Customer Service – 29 percent
  • Sales – 27 percent
  • Information Technology – 25 percent
  • Production – 20 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 13 percent
  • Human Resources – 13 percent
  • Clinical – 12 percent
  • Business Development – 11 percent
  • Marketing – 11 percent
  • Research and Development – 11 percent

In addition to reporting the largest year-over-year gain for the percentage of employers expecting to add full-time, permanent staff, the West is also outpacing the other regions. The Northeast is the only region that reported a decline — though is still near the national average for hiring — while the Midwest continues to lag the national average. Hiring in the South will be akin to last year and match the national average.

  • West – 53 percent hiring, up from 46 percent last year
  • South – 50 percent hiring, on par with 49 percent last year
  • Northeast – 49 percent hiring, down from 52 percent last year
  • Midwest – 46 percent hiring, the same as last year

 

New program boosts San Antonio apprenticeship jobs

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has made available contracts to boost San Antonio apprenticeship jobs.

The Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to 12 ApprenticeshipUSA Industry Intermediary Contracts to national organizations to start or scale apprenticeship programs that meet the occupational and skill needs of their industries.

The department will award both single and multi-industry contracts to national organizations – such as industry associations, joint labor management organizations, workforce groups, educational institutions, and consortia of organizations – that will provide financial and technical assistance to employers pursuing apprenticeship training.

The single-industry contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in the healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, energy, manufacturing, and information and communications technology sectors. The department will also award up to four multi-industry contracts to organizations to help employers from different sectors grow their apprenticeship programs and work together to create a pipeline of skilled workers.

“Apprenticeships are experiencing a modern renaissance in America because the earn-while-learn model is a win-win proposition for workers looking to punch their ticket to the middle-class and for employers looking to grow and thrive in our modern global economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We know that apprenticeship works for a variety of different industries, but this funding will help even more employers in even more industries adopt this proven workforce strategy and expand opportunities for American workers.”

The ApprenticeshipUSA Industry Intermediary Contracts are the third installment of a $90 million funding strategy to grow and diversify apprenticeship announced in April 2016. These investments build on historic, bipartisan congressional support and follow an unprecedented $175 million investment in apprenticeship announced by the Obama administration in September 2015.