Archive for July, 2016

Political talk heats up at Tampa jobs

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Political talk always gets heated, and such is the case for political musings at Tampa jobs, according to a recent study from Careerbuilder.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 3 in 10 employers (30 percent) and nearly 1 in 5 employees (17 percent) have argued with a co-worker over a particular candidate this election season, most often about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Management is more likely than employees to argue about candidates, with employers in information technology (47 percent) taking the lead, followed by those in manufacturing (37 percent).

  • IT: 47 percent
  • Manufacturing: 37 percent
  • Professional and Business Services: 30 percent
  • Financial Services: 29 percent
  • Health Care: 24 percent
  • Retail: 23 percent

Overall, 19 percent of employers have argued with a co-worker over Donald Trump vs. 17 percent over Hillary Clinton. While both male and female employers say they have debated with a co-worker over Trump most (22 percent of men, 16 percent of women), men are nearly twice as likely as women to say they’ve argued with a co-worker over Clinton (21 percent vs. 11 percent).

When it comes to employees, 13 percent have argued with a co-worker over Donald Trump and 8 percent have argued over Hillary Clinton. Male employees (20 percent) reported a higher incidence of arguing politics at work than female employees (15 percent). Comparing age groups, younger workers (ages 18-24) are the most likely to report engaging in heated political debates at work at 24 percent.

Funding will go towards farm jobs in Tampa

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The U.S. Labor Department is announcing some funding that will go towards seasonal farm jobs in Tampa, among other locations where farms are stationed.

About $81 million in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program will provide additional employment, training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Recipients include 63 organizations in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers often experience chronic unemployment and underemployment due to the nature of the agriculture industry. The NFJP is designed to help participants retain and stabilize their current jobs, and acquire new skills and better living arrangements to start careers that provide higher wages and stable, year-round employment.

“The hardworking men and women who tend our farms help power the American economy and feed millions of families across the country and around the world,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Farmworkers deserve the opportunity to flourish, and these grants will help provide the firm foundation they need to build a better future for their families.”

The department will award NFJP Employment and Training Grants totaling $75,885,000 to 52 organizations in 49 states and Puerto Rico, with the exception of Alaska. The department is also awarding $5,509,657 in NFJP Housing Assistance Grants to 11 organizations in regions needing farmworker housing services.

The NFJP is part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to raise the standards of living for migrant and seasonal farmers, and adheres to the job-driven training principles presented in 2014 by the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report.

Are workers goofing off at some Tampa jobs?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder takes a peek at employee antics at some jobs, including Tampa jobs.

According to new CareerBuilder research, 1 in 5 employers (19 percent) think workers are productive less than five hours a day. When looking for a culprit, more than half of employers (55 percent) say that workers’ mobile phones/texting are to blame.


Three in four employers (75 percent) say two or more hours a day are lost in productivity because employees are distracted. Forty-three percent say at least three hours a day are lost. Productivity killers can lead to negative consequences for the organization, including:

  • Compromised quality of work: 48 percent
  • Lower morale because other workers have to pick up the slack: 38 percent
  • Negative impact on boss/employee relationship: 28 percent
  • Missed deadlines: 27 percent
  • Loss in revenue: 26 percent
  • Negative impact on client relationships: 20 percent

More than 3 in 4 employers (76 percent) have taken at least one step to mitigate productivity killers, such as blocking certain Internet sites (32 percent) and banning personal calls/cell phone use (26 percent). Other efforts to mitigate productivity killers include:

  • Schedule lunch and break times: 24 percent
  • Monitor emails and Internet usage: 19 percent
  • Limit meetings: 17 percent
  • Allow people to telecommute: 14 percent
  • Have an open space layout instead of cubicles: 14 percent
  • Restrict use of speakerphones if not in an office: 13 percent
  • Increase height of cubicle walls to make it easier to concentrate: 8 percent

The Craziest Non-Work Activities Workers Have Done On the Job

Employers were also asked to reveal the most unusual or most memorable things they have caught an employee doing when they should have been working. Some examples included:

1. Employee was working on a scrapbook.

2. Employee was decorating a cubicle with chains of paper clips.

3. Employee brought her equipment for her embroidery business from home and was making items for a craft show to sell.

4. Employee was doing doughnuts in the parking lot in the snow.

5. Employee brought in a kitten she found outside and tried to keep it quiet within a large purse.

6. Employee was working on her child’s school project that included uncooked macaroni noodles.

7. Employee was laying on a patient’s bed talking to the patient while the patient sat in her wheelchair

8. Employee was watching YouTube videos of people shoving marshmallows in their mouth.

9. Employee was doing some personal grooming in the break room.

10. Employee was searching on craigslist for dates.

Grants to help youth with disabilities find Tampa jobs

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A round of grants are going to help youth with disabilities find Tampa jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $15.6 million in grants intended to increase the participation of youth and adults with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs.

The department’s Disability Employment Initiative will make the grants – ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million each – available to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to engage more people with disabilities in employment services. The department anticipates awarding eight grants for at least one project for each of the following target populations: adults with disabilities (ages 18 and older), youth with disabilities (ages 14-24) and individuals with significant disabilities (ages 14 and older).

“People with disabilities have tremendous talents and ideas to contribute to our workplaces, our communities, and our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The funding announced today will help to prepare these workers for good jobs and build strong ladders of opportunity to the middle-class.”

The grants are the seventh round of funding through the DEI, a joint program of the department’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Since 2010, the department has awarded more than $109 million in grants through the DEI to 43 state workforce agencies in 27 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. Recipients use the funds to refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment.

DEI cooperative agreements align closely with the Obama administration’s job-driven training principles by requiring multiple workforce and disability service providers, educational institutions, and businesses in each state to collaborate extensively with each other.