We are happy to report that hiring has picked up since our April newsletter titled ‘When Hiring Picks Back Up, Will You Be Ready?’ Were you ready? At the end of April, the Unemployment rate was 14.7%, May 13.3% and June 11.1%. That is a 24.5% reduction in two months. With virus numbers going back up, this trend could stall.
Based on a recent *Gallop Employee Engagement survey in early May, Gallup found that the percentage of "engaged" workers in the U.S. -- those who are highly involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace -- reached an all-time high of 38%,. This high number seems a little strange being that the pandemic started in the U.S. in March. Gallup attributed this high number to three areas during the pandemic: 1) The employer response is improving , 2) The employment base is smaller (30 million employees became unemployed, in March they were surveyed and if still employed they would have brought the numbers down in May), 3) Employees feel fortunate to have work.
Luck is involved in many activities, but without a plan you will not be as lucky. If you do not play the lottery, you cannot be lucky enough to win. If your selection process is not well designed, your luck with hiring is not going to be as good as your competitors that are more prepared.
It goes without saying that we are in unprecedented times. We wish that you, your family, friends, associates and all your employees are doing well and staying healthy. As far as our business and hours of operation, nothing has changed.
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