What's worse? Divorce or Return-to-Office?

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In this edition:

  • The Return to Office Scaries

  • Job Market Insights

  • New Minimum Wage News in California

  • NEW BOOK ALERT - A must read

  • Tailored Job Resources

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43% of Individuals are More Afraid of Return-to-Office than Getting Divorced

LiveCareer recently conducted a survey of nearly 4,000 U.S. workers to uncover their underlying concerns about returning to the office. Surprisingly, the findings revealed that almost half (43%) are more anxious about returning to the office (RTO) than they are about experiencing divorce. What's more, 53% expressed a greater fear of in-office work than they do about climate change.

LiveCareer’s Fear & Remote Work survey highlights further insights:

  • 41% of respondents dread working in an office full-time more than they fear getting into a car accident.

  • Similarly, 41% fear the office environment more than natural disasters.

  • For 34%, the thought of being in the office is scarier than having $10,000 stolen.

Interestingly, the survey underscores a growing trend: 7 out of 10 workers desire to work remotely 100% of the time. Their reasoning? Remote work is linked to better mental health, increased job satisfaction, and enhanced productivity.

Key findings include:

  • 82% find remote work more conducive to their mental well-being compared to on-site work.

  • 79% perceive remote work as less stressful than working in-office.

  • 62% report the highest job satisfaction levels when working remotely full-time.

  • Moreover, 60% feel most productive when working remotely all the time.

For a deeper dive into the study and to understand why workers harbor such profound anxieties about returning to the office, you can access the full report here.

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McKinsey paying staff to leave with a "Pay-to-Quit" strategy

McKinsey announced they will lay off some U.K. staff, offering associates and middle managers 9 months of paid leave and career counseling. Pay-to-quit strategies are not new, with companies like Zappos at the forefront, as they have been used to identify and retain highly motivated staff.

Most modern jobs are new – and didn't exist within the mid-1940s

A study by The Quarterly Journal of Economics tracked U.S. jobs from the mid-1900s to the present and found that 60% of current jobs did not exist in 1940. Most jobs did not need the expertise that today's job market requires. In the first 40 years after the 1940s, new jobs mainly increased due to manufacturing; however, today, most new job creation involves high-paid professional or lowly-paid service jobs.

Unemployment rates are higher this February compared to the year before

Unemployment rates in 247 of 389 metropolitan areas have grown this February compared to 2023. However, unemployment rates have lowered in 108 regions, and 54 areas had jobless rates lower than the national unemployment rate – under 3%.

Private employers add job growth – however – startups are not well-supported in 2024

According to the ADP National Employment Report, private employers added 184,000 jobs in the last month, and median wages grew by 5% if they remained in the same roles and by 10% for those who changed jobs. While startups are the main drivers of new job growth, venture capital investments have declined this year, falling by a third.

📰 Breaking News: California Raises Fast Food Worker Minimum Wage

This remarkable change stems from a years-long advocacy effort by workers within California's fast-food industry, aiming to secure better wages and improved working conditions. What's particularly groundbreaking is the establishment of a fast-food council, a pioneering initiative in the United States. Comprising representatives from both the restaurant industry and workers, this council holds the power to annually adjust wages throughout the decade, keeping pace with inflation or up to 3.5%—whichever is higher. Moreover, it can recommend safety standards for fast-food workers and collaborate with state agencies to investigate issues such as wage theft.

While this move is undoubtedly a win for workers' rights, it's not without its challenges. Some fast-food franchise owners have already responded by raising menu prices or reducing worker hours, prompting discussions about the delicate balance between fair compensation and sustainable business practices. However, for individuals like Jaylene Loubet, a McDonald's cashier, this increase represents a step towards achieving fair remuneration and improved job security. Loubet's story sheds light on the struggles faced by many workers who find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet in the face of rising living costs.

In light of these changes, it's evident that the landscape of employment in the US is evolving. As we witness the implementation of progressive policies aimed at protecting workers' rights and ensuring fair compensation, it's crucial to stay informed and engaged with ongoing developments in the realm of employment law.

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