Hot topics for employee/management relations

Employer-employee relations are always a barrel of laughs, between trying to adhere to the law, keep everyone happy and still fulfill the mission.

During the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Not-for-Profit-Industry Conference, Karl Ahlrichs, a consultant for Gregory and Appel Insurance in Indianapolis, Ind., and Peter Petesch with Littler in Washington, D.C., said that recent trends in the employment environment make for interesting reading in the supervisors’ lounge.

They noted the following, for examples:

  • The economy is getting a little better and some employers are hiring, but a 2013 Gallup survey showed that only 30 percent of employees feel a “strong connection” to their employers and 52 percent are “not engaged” in their work.
  • A survey by the Corporate Executive Board found that one-quarter of new hires leave their company within a year and hiring managers wish they had not made a job offer to one out of every five members of their team.
  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is the most active pro-employee board in years.
  • Union membership is at a low point, but the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) pertains to employee rights, not just union member rights.
  • Facebook has more than 1 billion users worldwide, and Twitter has almost three-quarters of a billion users worldwide, and even if they cannot post from work, they can post from home about work.