The NYSA News
Dec. 10, 2013

Articulate leadership no guarantee for effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
As a society, we admire, applaud and follow articulate people who help us understand, who inspire us and who project a future of possibilities that sound better than what we have today. This skill is essential for helping a group or organization identify "what could be" while aligning people and their beliefs to work toward a common goal. Articulate leaders can also verbally resolve differences, dispel untruths and keep the naysayer at bay. So why do they sometimes struggle to get anything done?More

US temp penetration rate matches all-time high in November
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. temporary employment penetration rate matched its all-time high of 2.03 percent in November, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The penetration rate is a measure of temp jobs as a percent of total employment, and October’s penetration rate was 2.02 percent based on revised BLS data. More

Democrats: More unemployment benefits or bust
With less than a month before 1.3 million unemployed Americans lose their federal benefits, Democratic leaders are making a last-ditch push to extend them. "We cannot, cannot support a budget agreement that does not include unemployment insurance," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a hearing on the issue. "It would undermine who we are as a country."More

The right and the wrong way to recruit top talent
Top talent is the most important source of competitive advantage — especially in the high technology industries, which compete on innovation. That's why top talent recruitment is the most important aspect in the business strategy of high technology companies.More

8 exercises for strengthening your business writing
By Joe Latta
Writing skills are essential for today's business professionals. Don't believe me? Consider this: A study from data services provider SunGard found that 90 percent of business communications are now via electronic text. That's right, whether you're an accountant, architect, advisor or administrator, writing is a key part of your job. How much time did you spend last month writing emails, reports, proposals or marketing materials — and how much time did people spend reading them? Yep, it's a lot. Here are eight easy exercises for strengthening your writing muscle. Try them. Your readers will appreciate it. More

Study: Staffing employment rises 2.6 percent
Staffing Industry Analysts
U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.03 million temporary and contract workers per day in the third quarter of 2013, up 2.6 percent from the third quarter of 2012, according to data released by the American Staffing Association. More

I know you're concerned about mobile recruiting, but you need to move faster
Online recruitment marketing has progressed slowly, moving at the pace of a sloth when compared to e-retail. Mobile Web is rapidly taking over desktop web and change is now at cheetah speeds. Can recruiting catch up candidate expectations? More

Managing: 'I feel betrayed when employees quit'
Buffalo Business First
I'm a manager who has trouble when employees leave. I had a recent experience where I was shocked that my employee was leaving, despite having no inkling of it prior and also having extensive conversations where we discussed her future.More

What's not to like about the lowest unemployment rate in five years?
Albany Business Review
The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, its lowest level in five years, and employers added a better-than-expected 203,000 workers in November. So, based on the recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our economy is back on track and policy makers can start the holidays early, right? More