Skilled workers will still be
in high demand
A monthly survey of Florida workers conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corp. indicates more workers are concerned about the economy and their ability to find a new job. Yet the same survey says more Florida workers in February reported it is unlikely that they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. "It has become clear that the housing situation, coupled with job losses and higher energy prices, has left a footprint on workers' confidence levels," said Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida. "The good news is that companies still need talent. Skilled workers will continue to be in demand, especially in call centers, light industrial and professional, and business services industries."
Florida job market gets tougher
Amid the Bureau of Labor Statistics report last week on job growth (or loss) among larger U.S. counties are some tough numbers involving some of Florida's Gulf Coast areas. After one county in Ohio, the counties with the largest percentage decline in employment were Collier (down 5.4 percent), Sarasota (down 4.3 percent) and Manatee (down 4.2 percent). Measured another way, Pinellas did not fare so well, either. Pinellas ranked No. 1 in job loss (9,500 lost) in Florida and fourth nationally. The figures are based on September 2007 vs. September 2006, the latest annual comparison by BLS.
Be smart about political talk
Like to talk politics at work in the liveliest presidential campaign in many a year? Work force consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas have a few suggestions on how to do so without stomping on etiquette:
• Keep it civil: No name-calling or shouting.
• Know your colleague: Careerwise, it is probably safer to converse with those who share your views.
• Do not campaign: If someone is uncomfortable with political discussions, respect his or her wishes.
• Stick to politics: Consider debate on religion off limits.
• Do not evaluate based on politics: Do not let differing political views influence your assessment of a person's work.