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Is Technology The New ‘IT’ Industry?

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Three in Four Non-IT Professionals Find Tech Careers Appealing; Salary and Innovation Hold Most Appeal. Not everyone is born with a knack to hack, but a new survey shows most people find technology careers attractive. Three-quarters of non-IT (information technology) professionals polled said the technology field holds appeal for them. Salary potential and job opportunities and the ability to be innovative were cited by respondents as the top draws.

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Four in 10 Americans Admit Knowing Little Or Nothing About Their Employee Benefits

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New research from MassMutual finds that while most Americans understand the importance of their personal finances and employee benefits, 40 percent admit they know little or nothing about them. On the surface, most people seemingly have their financial house in order, saying they prioritize understanding their personal finances (77 percent), having enough medical insurance (74 percent) and being on track to retire comfortably (65 percent), according to the 2015 MassMutual Employee Benefits Security Study. Yet 38 percent say they know little or nothing about their employer-provided benefits such as healthcare, life insurance, 401(k) retirement plans and other benefits. Two in five respondents (42 percent) say they are clueless about whether or not they are on track to retire comfortably, the study found.

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New PA Salary Data Demonstrates Strong and Consistent Growth in the PA Profession

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Data Provides Powerful Tools for PAs, Employers and Lawmakers to Shape Future of Healthcare Compensation for America’s physician assistants (PAs), recognized as one of the top professions in the country, continues to rise, according to new data released today from the 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Salary Survey. The median base salary for a PA in 2014 rose to $93,800 a year, a $3,800 increase from 2012. The survey found that in addition to salary, more than half (54%) of all PAs received monetary bonuses and more than 75 percent of PAs receive some other form of additional compensation, such as research stipends, profit sharing, student loan repayment, paid relocation, tuition reimbursement or signing bonuses.

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Study on Workplace Wellness Finds 80 Percent of People Would Rather Work Alone Because of Unhelpful or Hostile Work Environments

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In order to explore bullying and wellness in the workplace and to create methods to assess psychological health and eliminate the unnecessary stress factors, the nonprofit Faas Foundation launched the Initiative to Create Psychologically Healthy Workplaces. It has begun work by supporting projects with Mental Health America (MHA), Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence.

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Employees Want Direct Access to Pay and Benefits Information

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Employees desire a quick way to access their pay and benefits information, according to results from the 2015 “Getting Paid In America” survey conducted by the American Payroll Association. Technologies such as employee self-service portals give workers the option to access their pay and benefits information almost anywhere they have Internet access. “Empowering employees with direct access to their pay and benefits information online and through mobile is now a necessity,” says Shelley Ng, vice president of product management at Ceridian.

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Employees Confident About Paycheck Accuracy

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Eighty-eight percent of employees are confident their paycheck is accurate,¬†according to the 2015 “Getting Paid In America” survey recently conducted by the American Payroll Association. The “Getting Paid In America” survey by the APA asked “How certain are you that your payroll withholding and the net amount of your paycheck are correct each payday?” ¬†In response, 88 percent of survey participants said they are very certain or certain their paycheck is correct each payday.

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Paid Sick Leave Epidemic: What Workplaces Need to Know

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Currently, there is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave, explains a new XpertHR report, available as a free download here. Without federal legislation in place, however, several states and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands by creating their own paid sick leave laws to protect employees who may otherwise be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay and, in some cases, their jobs.

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New Research Shows the IT Talent Shortage Is Wreaking Havoc on the Enterprise

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Despite more than one-third of total HR budget dedicated to the IT talent gap, 25 percent of projects are abandoned altogether because of IT capacity limitations Ninety percent of C-level executives agree that recruiting and retaining technology talent is a top business challenge, according to a new survey by Appirio, a global cloud services company and leader in enterprise crowdsourcing. Developed in conjunction with Wakefield Research, the IT Talent Wars and the Gig Economy Survey explores how the gig economy is impacting enterprise IT by examining key drivers in the war for talent, and outlining worker expectations for retention and workplace satisfaction.

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