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Your most engaged staff may be your worst workers

This comes under the heading of interesting, doesn’t it? In a special to The Globe and Mail, Harvey Schachter wrote about research which shows the highest performers are not the most engaged workers. Here are the first two paragraphs of Schachter’s piece – you’ll have to read on.

What if your top performers were not your most engaged employees or were frustrated and considering bolting from your organization, in part because you were letting low performers slough off?

What if your lowest performers were your most engaged employees – so engaged, in fact, that they were recruiting their friends to come on board, perhaps talking up your company because it is, to their minds, a fairly undemanding workplace?

This sounds like a disastrous situation, but luckily it’s not your workplace, right?

Click here to read further.

H-1B lottery; visa cap likely to be hit this week

Kent Hoover, the Washington bureau chief for the New York Business Journal, wrote about the petitions for the H-1B visas now being accepted by the federal government. As we reported last week, high-tech companies say the 65,000 cap Congress placed on the visas is too low to meet the high demand for high-skilled workers. That’s an issue of particular importance here in New York where employers say there is a severe shortage of highly-skilled workers.

Click here to read Hoover’s report.

Manufacturers In Western New York having difficulty finding qualified workers

On its website, WKBW-TV Buffalo, NY (3/1, Carey) reported that a report in last week’s Buffalo Business First follows WNYers who have lost their jobs and are now trying to get back into the workforce. The report shows how the local unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, but The Manufacturing Institute estimates 82 percent of the region’s manufacturers struggle to find qualified candidates.

Business First reporter Dan Miner wrote the very good story about filling the skills gap. Click here to read more.