HR Headline Roundup for September 2-6, 2019

Employers See Hirable Candidates in Short Supply, Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Fully half of respondents to the most-recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported hiring for human resources position. In responding to Challenger’s own hiring survey, however, “43 percent of employers reported that while they have plenty of applicants [for all open positions], those who apply do not have the requisite skills. Another 43 percent of employers reported that they are not receiving enough applicants, 27 percent of whom said the candidates who do apply are not qualified.”


OPINION: Stop Being #Relatable to Younger Workers, Forbes

A corporate branding consultant cautions that while “the temptation as a leader is to focus on short-cuts to being liked,” the key to effective leadership is “building the kinds of organizations and cultures that give people greater meaning in their work, a sense of community and optimism for the future.”


Plan to Relocate U.S. Bureau of Land Management HQ Staff Gets Rough Rollout, The Hill

Over the past two weeks, reporters for The Hill have uncovered resistance in the city tapped to host the new headquarters and a threat from a Trump administration official to eliminate BLM staff assignments in states represented by congressional critics of the president.


Letter Carriers Sue Postal Service Over Push to ‘Radically Refashion’ Their Jobs, Government Executive

The National Association of Letter Carriers is seeking an injunction against the Consolidated Casing Initiative, which the union argues will increase injury risks and lead to mass resignations.


N.C. Coordinates Response to Waves of Cyberattacks Against Public Sector Organizations, Government Technology

The state’s Information Technology and Public Safety departments formed a group within the State Bureau of Investigation that “works directly with the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI … and U.S. Secret Service to share information and prevent attacks.”


OPINION: Don’t Pay Ransom When Data Is Seized, Government Technology

The vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank focused on public policy issues around IT, emphasizes that “the best way to address this problem is to avoid getting attacked in the first place.” Simple safeguards include closing open ports, recognizing phishing emails before clicking on links and upgrading security software.

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