As this challenging year comes to a close, are you looking ahead with hopes of what the New Year will bring? It’s easy to get caught up in media sound-bites that give cause for concern, so I thought we should look at some recent news reports that give us hope – and hopefully peace – knowing there are still reasons to be thankful.
Increased temporary work! As business demands increase, companies will utilize temporary staff before hiring full time employees. The use of temporary employees will enable businesses to evaluate workload increases, and can help determine where full time employees are needed versus a short-term business spike.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, temporary staffing companies added more than 44,000 temporary jobs since July with plans to keep them long-term if the economy continues to improve. Temporary work also brings new opportunities for those who are in between jobs as a way to refresh resumes and gain new skills.
Midwest states reported good news! Moody’sEconomy.com as reported on Stateline.com reports that Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and other Midwest states are showing indications of economic stabilization and even recovery, based on factors such as employment rates, home prices, residential construction and manufacturing production figures.
We went shopping! Boosted by car sales, retailers posted their second consecutive gain in sales in October after more than a year of declines, according to an article in USA Today . Spending means more consumer confidence!
More first-time home buyers! USA Today also reports that first-time buyers accounted for a record 47 percent of U.S. home sales between July 2008 and June this year, up from 41 percent in the prior-year period, according to the survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors. A second report indicates that home prices are expected to rise next year.
Just as the housing bubble burst helped to create the current economic situation, the effects of a positive shift in the housing market will eventually help to produce improvements elsewhere.
In addition to the all the personal joys we have to be thankful for, this is just a handful of the good news we have to rejoice in this holiday season. Molly H., a recruiter for Celebrity Staff Lincoln, shared with me the words of Mr. Bing Crosby, whose 1964 holiday classic Holiday Inn, illustrates not only his dynamic voice, but also his celebration of Thanksgiving.
I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
I haven’t got
A great big yacht
To sail from shore to shore
Still I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
Do you have other signs of good news? Please share them with us so we may all enter the holiday season with thoughts of a rebounding economy and visions of a prosperous 2010!
Patty North, Celebrity Staff Regional Manager, CPC
As the regional manager of Celebrity Staff, a leading staffing and recruitment firm, Patty North has assisted organizations across a four-state region with the development and implementation of best practice strategies in the areas of talent acquisition and talent management. Her collective insight and expertise on workforce planning, garnered from her 15 years in the staffing industry, has enabled clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to improve performance and gain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Celebrity Staff is based in Omaha, Nebraska with offices located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri.