2. The Economy. This past year brought us the worst recession this country has seen in nearly 80 years. It should not surprise anyone that as the economy sinks, the number of lawsuits brought by employees goes up. Workers considered the ethics of layoffs, while businesses thought up creative alternatives (furloughs and reduced work schedules) to reducing headcounts.
1. Social Media. 2009 was the year that social media exploded onto our cultural consciousness. Facebook has enough members to be the 4th largest country in the world, and Twitter (follow me @jonhyman) synthesized thoughts down to 140 characters. If you don’t think you’re employees are Friending each other or tweeting about your business, you are either naive or have ludites for employees. For more information about the impact of social media on your business and your employees, check out the following from this year:
- Do you know? Facebook and Twitter and blogs, oh my! What is social networking and why should you care?
- Drafting a social networking policy: 7 considerations
- Is LinkedIn a risk for employers?
- Employees’ social networking continues to confound employers
- Companies are banning social networking. Should you?
- Textual harassment
- Googling job applicants
There you have it – the top 10 labor and employment stories of the past year. Everyone have a safe and happy new year. I’ll be back on January 4 with a peak at what I think will be the 5 biggest stories to follow in 2010.