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Two Takes on Older Americans in the Workplace

December 20, 2011


Is the phenomenon of people staying in the workplace long past the traditional retirement something positive, or yet another sign of our economic malaise?

Employment, Retirement, and the Economy

September 4, 2011


A brief post in honor of Labor Day – links to three interesting articles: Do Happier People Work Harder – Two researchers discuss their findings on employee engagement. Robert Reich reflects on changes in the U.S. economy over the past several decades in a piece entitled The Limping Middle Class. And, finally, an article from […]

Are Employers Being Short-Sighted?

August 2, 2011


Three news items caught my attention today. The first comes from economist Jared Bernstein’s blog where he notes that real compensation – i.e., wages and benefits, adjusted for inflation – continues to fall. The second tidbit, from CNNMoney, discusses a recent Mercer compensation survey which found that the average increase in base pay in 2012 […]

Making Wages Public – Good for the Economy, or Too Much Information?

July 20, 2011


Communications – specifically, communications to employees around their pay and benefits – is a primary focus of my firm. So it was with great interest that I read an article at The Atlantic Web site entitled The Case for Making Wages Public: Better Pay, Better Workers by Daniel Indiviglio. The basic question Indiviglio asks is: […]

More on Working Longer

March 28, 2011


I came across an article today that provides a good follow-up to my post last week on older people in the workforce. The article, “Low Savings Force Many to Put Off Retirement,” includes some interesting statistics from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI): More than 73 percent of Americans in their late 50s are now […]

Living Longer, Working Longer

March 18, 2011


Longer lifespans along with projected shortfalls in pension funding mean that many of us should be expecting to work until more advance ages than earlier generations.

BP, Wall Street, and the Rest of Us

June 18, 2010


The ongoing environmental tragedy in the Gulf has reinforced the popular notion that there’s an “us versus them” situation when it comes to big business. Similarly, throughout the financial crisis and subsequent recession, news story after news story has discussed the “Wall Street versus Main Street” issue. Three recent articles present a more nuanced view. On Wednesday of […]