Happily for the health of planet earth, the United States is becoming more aware of the need to protect the environment. We are constructing more green hotels, more green office buildings and even green car assembly plants.
Thanks to enlightened hotelier Dennis Quaintance, the town of Greensboro, N.C., will soon have its first green hotel. The 147-room, eight-story Proximity Hotel is a $2.6 million project that will incorporate many features valued by a standards program called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Recent studies corroborate our previous Herman Trend Alerts that obese employees are more expensive than those of normal weight — in both health care and workers compensation costs.
Not surprisingly, according to a study released by the Medstat Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., obese workers had a substantially higher incidence of metabolic, circulatory, musculoskeletal and respiratory disorders. Moderate to severe obesity was also associated with 21 percent and 75 percent annual health care cost increases, respectively.
Concerned about how society will manage its energy needs without using fossil fuels? Back in the 1960s, Buckminster Fuller predicted that by the year 2020, wind and solar would be our main sources of energy.
Wind is perhaps the most overlooked source of energy generation. In fact, the United States has some of the best wind resources in the world.
The following material is an excerpt from a 1,200-word essay provided to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. We were asked to provide a scenario for higher education and graduates’ employment prospects for 10 years from now. The essay will be posted on the NACE Web site after its annual conference in June. The [...]Continue reading …
A fact of corporate life is that there is constant pressure to “beat yesterday,” to increase corporate earnings and push more profit to the bottom line.
In their drive to increase profits, many organizations have resorted to outsourcing outside their home countries. We call that “offshoring” and for years, The Herman Group has been sounding the alarm that, in most cases, the savings from offshoring are simply “not worth the effort.”
A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a philanthropic organization that funds research, forecasts rises in prison populations in most of the United States.
The average of all the states is a 13 percent increase, although some states are expecting no growth and others an increase of 41 percent (Montana).
One of the refrains we often hear from employers is that graduates lack skills, particularly life skills. They tell us that many young people graduate from high school or college without knowing the basics: literacy, numeracy, what it takes to hold a job or balance a checkbook.
In a study by the Pew Charitable Trust, 50 percent of college graduates were found to be lacking in simple life skills. These grads were tested for three types of literacy skills: analyzing news stories and other prose, understanding documents and having math skills needed for balancing checkbooks or figuring restaurant tips.
Some of the employees of these organizations shared with us their fears that “maintaining a healthy weight” might be next …Continue reading …
In cities in developed countries worldwide, we are seeing a revitalization of downtown areas.
Sometimes called “re-gentrification”, this phenomenon is being fueled by a number of trends. First, gasoline prices that remain stubbornly over $2 per gallon have hurt U.S. workers who commute. Some employers even provide supplements to their employees to ease that financial pain.
We have all seen the popularity of hybrid cars. Now, we are seeing the use of fuel cell technology in stationary applications. Before now, the technology had been too expensive.
Fuel cells can generate electricity in remote areas or anywhere that an uninterrupted power supply is desired including private homes, small office complexes, hospitals, manufacturing plants, platform refineries and even large boats.