The U.S. government shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, is now the longest on record and is impacting more than 800,000 federal workers as of the time of this writing. Although the impact is clear for those government employees directly in the crosshairs, the full effect is yet to be realized for U.S. consumers.
Here are two federal agencies whose lack of funding could prove to endanger citizens’ defenses against identity crimes and fraud. Continue reading
Cybercrime is a lucrative business, and IT and Information Security (InfoSec) professionals’ jobs are only getting harder.
Advancements in mobile technology have transformed every employee into a roaming cybersecurity vulnerability. Many of us are now using our personal smartphones for work purposes. And, while that may seem harmless and cost-effective for an organization, personal mobile devices are now more powerful than the PCs of several years ago — and they’re just as open to cyber intrusions by hackers. This can lead to compromised data, resulting in breaches that can cost organizations millions of dollars per incident. Continue reading
Money and work continue to be “significant stressors” as tracked annually by the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Stress in America Survey, with nearly two-thirds of adults (64%) reporting one or the other to be a major source of stress. Continue reading
It’s been quite a year already. Global data breaches have already compromised 4.5 billion records in the first half of 2018, a 133% increase compared to the same time last year.
This disturbing trend is cause for concern not only for consumers but especially for your business and employees. Continue reading
Unexpected expenses can be crippling. According to a recent report, only 39 percent of Americans say they would be able to pay for a $1,000 unplanned expense.
Inevitably this financial stress hits the workplace, making the employer collateral damage. According to the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, Mercer, “Improving employees’ financial wellness can lead to healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and lower turnover rates while raising employee satisfaction and improving the employer’s brand.” Continue reading
Current State of the Workforce
According to key indicators, the economic outlook for 2018 is moderately healthy. Experts forecast steady growth, with total employment expected to increase by 20.5 million jobs over the next two years.
Of course, with growth comes demand. As the economy improves, hiring has seen a steep increase resulting in a candidate driven market. Top candidates are also more likely to be employed and content in their current position. In other words, competition for the best candidates is higher than ever. In fact, 2018 is the first year that the number of jobs available exceeded the level of unemployed. Continue reading
As we make our way through the first quarter of 2018, it’s fair to assume that most of us are still striving to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us want to ditch bad habits, while others want to spend more time with family. And for many, resolutions require a renewed focus on career growth.
Driving success at work directly involves you, the employer. How well do you know your workforce? Continue reading
How do employees learn best?
Well, it’s kind of a complex answer…
Employers are increasingly aware of the importance of professional development and employee training. In fact, Training Magazine reports that U.S. companies spend an average of $4.5 billion annually on employee education programs.
However, these initiatives go much deeper than just skill development. Effective programs can increase productivity, improve accountability and enhance employee satisfaction. Ultimately, these benefits even combat turnover and add a real boost to your bottom line.
Last month, the Identity Theft Resource Center released their annual Identity Theft Aftermath report. The report goes beyond the standard facts and figures of identity theft and gets to the heart of the problem — the impact on victims.
As the leader in identity theft protection, EZShield is incredibly proud of our success in helping employers roll out valuable employee benefit programs. In terms of participation and engagement, our identity protection solutions are second to none.