Employees with healthcare jobs in Long Island spending Thanksgiving together

November 25th, 2015

Employers who have healthcare jobs in Long Island may be spending Thanksgiving together, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

One in five workers (20 percent) say they plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with coworkers either in or out of the office this year, on par with last year (19 percent). A new CareerBuilder Thanksgiving survey was conducted nationally online by Harris Poll from August 12 to September 2, 2015 and included more than 3,600 workers.


Workers Who Celebrate Thanksgiving with Coworkers By:

U.S. Markets with the Largest Economies

  • Houston: 41 percent
  • Dallas: 31 percent
  • Miami: 29 percent
  • Atlanta: 27 percent
  • Los Angeles: 20 percent
  • New York: 15 percent
  • Boston: 14 percent
  • Chicago: 13 percent
  • Philadelphia: 12 percent
  • Washington DC: 11 percent

By Region

  • South: 27 percent
  • West: 19 percent
  • Midwest: 15 percent
  • Northeast: 16 percent

By Industry

  • Health care: 28 percent
  • Sales: 22 percent
  • Manufacturing: 21 percent
  • Retail: 20 percent
  • Transportation: 20 percent

By Diverse Groups

  • African American workers: 26 percent
  • Hispanic workers: 26 percent
  • LGBT workers: 21 percent
  • Disabled workers: 20 percent
  • Asian workers: 16 percent

Macy’s hiring for Long Island retail jobs

November 7th, 2015

Macy’s is hiring big this holiday season, and one area is most like Long Island retail jobs.

The company said it plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 85,000 positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2015 Christmas and holiday season.

Macy’s, Inc.’s 2015 seasonal hiring plan includes the following:

Approximately 12,000 of the 85,000 total seasonal positions will be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities that support sales generated by the company’s omnichannel business strategy. These positions are located in megacenters in Goodyear, AZ; Cheshire, CT; Tulsa, OK; Portland, TN, and Martinsburg, WV, and well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA, Stone Mountain, GA, Secaucus, NJ, and Joppa, MD.
About 1,600 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, Ohio; Clearwater, FL; Tempe, AZ; and St. Louis, MO.
More than 1,000 persons will be hired across the country to support the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.

“Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s customers have come to appreciate the higher level of our staffing and service throughout the Christmas and holiday shopping season, and our associates love the employment and income-earning opportunities at this very special time of the year,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “We first offer our current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, then supplement our ongoing workforce with seasonal hires. This enhanced staffing allows us to provide additional help to customers, whether they are shopping in stores or online.”

Retailer hires for Long Island seasonal jobs

November 2nd, 2015

Kohl’s is busy hiring big for Long Island seasonal jobs.

The company will be hiring more than 67,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores.

Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 50 associates per store to provide customers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,163 stores in 49 states.

In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 670 seasonal credit operations positions.

Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August.

Associates working at distribution centers help ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores and into the hands of Kohls.com customers.

Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.

“Kohl’s is building a winning team by hiring more than 67,000 seasonal associates across the country to ensure we sustain the great service our customers know and have come to expect,” said Richard Schepp, Kohl’s senior executive vice president, human resources and general counsel.

“By adding these associates, Kohl’s will continue to deliver an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to all our valued customers, whether they choose to shop in store or online at Kohls.com this holiday season.”

Employers add Long Island jobs

October 25th, 2015

Employers are busy adding Long Island jobs, according to a recent survey.

Thirty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4, and nearly the same percentage (33 percent) expect to add seasonal staff. More than half (53 percent) of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 43 percent last year.

Thirty-nine percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 34 percent in the same period in 2014 and 28 percent in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount, on par with last year, while 49 percent made no change to staff levels and 1 percent was unsure.

Seasonal workers will likely benefit from recent minimum wage increases implemented at the federal and state level and among large name brands. Thirty-seven percent of employers say they will increase pay for their seasonal staff, up 10 percentage points over last year. Seventy-two percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.

Looking ahead, 34 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4, up from 29 percent in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013. Ten percent expect to reduce staff, on par with last year, while 52 percent anticipate no change and 4 percent are unsure.

Seasonal hiring activity over the next three months is also expected to show notable year-over-year gains. One third (33 percent) of employers expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 26 percent last year. Fifty-seven percent expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles, up from 42 percent last year.

Who cut jobs in Long Island?

October 7th, 2015

Some employers have been cutting jobs in Long Island and other states, according to data from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

For example, Caterpillar had the top 15 private-sector job cut announcements of the year, according to tracking by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Several companies, primarily within oil-related industries, have announced multiple job cuts in 2015. For example, oil field services company Halliburton announced three separate job-cut events, shedding a total of 11,800 workers. The two job-cut announcements made this year by Schlumberger, another oil services company, impacted a total of 20,000 workers.

“Despite the fact that Caterpillar is announcing fewer cuts than HP and several other companies, it is perhaps among the more troubling announcement in terms of what it signals about the overall health of the global economy. Hewlett-Packard’s job cuts were more a result of its inability to keep up with changing trends in the tech sector. Fortunately, many companies in the tech sector are thriving and the impacted employees should be able to land new opportunities without much difficulty,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“The cuts by Caterpillar, on the other hand, are a matter of falling demand for heavy, earth-moving equipment, particularly in developing countries. Undoubtedly, many companies beyond Caterpillar are worried that this marks the first domino down in a chain that could impact many areas of the economy, including manufacturing, retail and technology,” he said.

If the company adds another 5,000 job cuts by the end of the year, as it warned it may do, the 10,000 cuts will place it among the top 10 job-cutting companies of the year, which includes companies announcing multiple cuts.

Construction jobs in Long Island show little change

September 23rd, 2015

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that construction jobs in Long Island showed little change.

Employment, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change over the month.

Manufacturing employment decreased by 17,000 in August, after changing little in July (+12,000). Job losses occurred in a number of component industries, including fabricated metal products and food manufacturing (-7,000 each). These losses more than offset gains in motor vehicles and parts (+6,000) and in miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing (+4,000). Thus far this year, overall employment in manufacturing has shown little net change.

Employment in mining fell in August (-9,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-7,000). Since reaching a peak in December 2014, mining employment has declined by 90,000.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change over the month.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in August. The manufacturing workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and factory overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours.

Health care and social assistance added 56,000 jobs in August. Health care employment increased by 41,000 over the month, with job growth occurring in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) and hospitals (+16,000). Employment rose by 16,000 in social assistance, which includes child day care services and services for the elderly and disabled. Over the year, employment has risen by 457,000 in health care and by 107,000 in social assistance.

Employment increased by 173,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and social assistance and in financial activities. Manufacturing and mining lost jobs.

Are jobs from education degrees in Long Island waning?

September 9th, 2015

A recent Careerbuilder survey points out that education degrees in Long Island may be declining.

Nearly 500,000 more degrees were awarded in 2014 than in 2010, an 11 percent increase. However, nearly two-thirds of the new degree completions occurred from 2010-2011, with growth remaining less than one percent in subsequent years. Programs experiencing the greatest declines were heavily concentrated in humanities and social sciences.

Overall Growth of College Degree Completions
•2010 to 2011 – 6.9%
•2011 to 2012 – 2.7%
•2012 to 2013 – 0.3%
•2013 to 2014 – 0.8%

College Degrees With the Greatest Decline

From 2010 to 2014, only nine broad program categories experienced decline, nearly all of which were in humanities and social sciences (and closely related to teaching occupations):
•Military technologies and applied science: -814 change, 30% decline
•Library science: -1,432 change, 17% decline
◦Between 2013 and 2014, library science programs saw the sharpest decline out of all broad program categories (1,079 change, or 14% decline).
•Education: -33,301 change, 9% decline
•History: -3,561 change, 8% decline
•Construction trades: -1,980 change, 6% decline
•Philosophy and religious studies: -542 change, 3% decline
•English language and literature/letters: -1,571 change, 2% decline
•Foreign languages, literatures and linguistics: -683 change, 2% decline
•Architecture and related sciences: -217 change, 1% decline

College Degrees That Grew and Then Fell

The following broad program categories increased completions each year between 2010 and 2013 and then experienced a decline in 2014. The numbers below show decline between 2013 and 2014:
•Personal and culinary services: -9,816 change, 6% decline
•Legal professions and studies: -3,674 change, 5% decline
◦Law degrees decreased 7%, a drop of more than 3,000
•Foreign languages, literatures and linguistics: -1,653 change, 4% decline

The mechanic and repair technologies/technicians program category has been steadily declining since its height in 2011 when it produced 112,404 completions. Between 2011 and 2014, its completion count fell 8%.

College Degrees That Fell, But Then Grew

The nation’s top two program categories (by number of completions) both saw brief declines in completions in 2013 but began to recover in 2014:
•Health professions and related programs—which produce the most completions out of all broad program categories—fell from 960,767 to 945,197 in 2013. It grew in 2014 with 946,036 completions.
◦High-skill nursing programs are growing rapidly (registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing programs awarded 57,437 more degrees in 2014 than 2010—a 30% increase). In contrast, lower-skill nursing programs are declining (practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistant programs awarded 5,519 fewer degrees in 2014 than 2010—a 5% decline).
•Business, management, marketing and related support services—which produces the second highest completion count in the nation—fell from 782,399 to 770,127 in 2013. It grew in 2014 with 772,882 completions.

The cost of Long Island jobs

September 7th, 2015

Is fantasy football costing employers money from Long Island jobs?

The cost of this workplace distraction could approach $16 billion in lost wages paid to workers managing their teams during business hours, according to an estimate from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Forty percent of respondents in a 2006 Ipsos survey said fantasy sports participation was a positive influence in the workplace. Another 40 percent said it increases camaraderie among employees. One in five said their involvement in fantasy sports enabled them to make a valuable business contact.

“Unless you are J.J. Watt, who appears to put in 100 percent during every hour of his workday, it is impossible to reach full productivity. We would burn out within a week. Just look at all of the negative attention given to Amazon.com in recent days for pushing its employees to their limits with a pace and set of expectations that reportedly leave many workers crying at their desk, at some point. Whether you believe the reports or not, most people agree they would not want to work for the type of employer depicted in those reports,” said Challenger.

“We need distractions during the day, whether it’s checking Facebook, scanning Twitter, buying something at Amazon.com, or managing one’s fantasy football team. It may seem counter-intuitive, but those short periods of being unproductive help workers be more productive in the long run. They also help boost morale, lower turnover and keep our creative juices flowing. For these reasons, employers may not only want to avoid clamping down on fantasy football, but may want to encourage it within the office,” said Challenger, who belongs to multiple fantasy football leagues, including one managed by an employee at his firm.

Are workers behaving badly at Long Island jobs?

August 24th, 2015

Some workers may not be on their best behavior for Long Island jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 3 in 4 employees (77 percent) have witnessed some type of childish behavior among colleagues in the workplace.

When asked which child-like behaviors they’ve witnessed colleagues displaying in the workplace, workers gave the following answers:

Whine: 55 percent
Pout over something that didn’t go his/her way: 46 percent
Tattle on another co-worker: 44 percent
Play a prank on another co-worker: 36 percent
Make a face behind someone’s back: 35 percent
Form a clique: 32 percent
Start a rumor about a co-worker: 30 percent
Storm out of the room: 29 percent
Throw a tantrum: 27 percent
Refuse to share resources with others: 23 percent

When asked to name specific immature or adolescent behaviors they have seen at work, employers reported the following observations of one or more employees:

Company owner threw tantrums, yelled and slammed doors when he didn’t get his way.
Employee hid to get away from duties and work responsibility.
Employee intentionally set up a co-worker to get him/her in trouble.
Employee ate other employees’ food from the company refrigerator.
Employee blocked parking spots to prevent other employees from parking closer to the front door.
Employee gossiped about all of his direct reports, then pretended to be their advocate.
Employee constantly pulled up inappropriate content on her cell phone and showed it to her “clique.”
Employee went to lunch and never came back.

Transportation jobs in Long Island climb

July 29th, 2015

The latest employment statistics show that transportation jobs in Long Island continue to trend upwards, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Transportation and warehousing added 17,000 jobs in June. Employment in truck transportation continued to trend up over the month (+7,000) and has increased by 19,000 over the past 3 months.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in June (+30,000) and has increased by 355,000 over the year.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-4,000). Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 71,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

Employment rose by 223,000 in June, compared with an average monthly gain of 250,000 over the prior 12 months. In June, job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 64,000 in June, about in line with the average monthly gain of 57,000 over the prior 12 months. In June, employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+20,000), in architectural and engineering services (+4,000), and in computer systems design and related services (+4,000).

Health care added 40,000 jobs in June. Job gains were distributed among the three component industries–ambulatory care services (+23,000), hospitals (+11,000), and nursing and residential care facilities(+7,000). Employment in health care had grown by an average of 34,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade increased by 33,000 in June and has risen by 300,000 over the year. In June, general merchandise stores added 10,000 jobs.

Employment in financial activities increased by 20,000, with most of the increase in insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000) and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+7,000). Commercial banking employment declined by 6,000. Employment in financial activities has grown by 159,000 over the year, with insurance accounting for about half of the gain.