How We Work: Five Years Later http://nhpr.org en A Nice Place To Live, But Wouldn't Want To Work Here http://nhpr.org/post/nice-place-live-wouldnt-want-work-here <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">New Hampshire is a small state with a small job market, leading some 80,000 Granite Staters to commute to work south of the border.</font></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:31:43 +0000 Michael Samuels 38868 at http://nhpr.org Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers http://nhpr.org/post/students-speak-economy-college-careers <p>At the height of the recession, the Class of 2011 was taking PSATs and perusing college brochures. What is it like to make plans for your future in a country whose economic future is uncertain?</p><p>To find out, we talk to four former students of Pembroke Academy: Matthew Lindsay, junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sarah Kelley, junior at University of New Hampshire; Hannah David, junior at University of New Hampshire; and Kali Mara, senior at Plymouth State University</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:12:14 +0000 Sara Plourde 38993 at http://nhpr.org Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers Can Millennials And Baby Boomers Work Together? http://nhpr.org/post/can-millennials-and-baby-boomers-work-together <p>In a troubled economy, New Hampshire’s baby boomers are holding onto their jobs while 20-somethings start their careers. Granite State businesses are looking at how—and whether—to accommodate generational differences among their employees.</p><p></p><p>Millennials are in their teens to early thirties, and they often get a bad rap for being tough to work with. On YouTube, a fake training video, “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz0o9clVQu8">Millennials</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz0o9clVQu8"> in the Workplace</a>,” has gone viral in recent months.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:07:35 +0000 Liz Faiella 38992 at http://nhpr.org Infographic: N.H. Workforce By The Numbers http://nhpr.org/post/infographic-nh-workforce-numbers <p>Numbers were provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Forecast projections were calculated&nbsp;by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:16:25 +0000 Ryan Lessard 38987 at http://nhpr.org Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades http://nhpr.org/post/despite-gains-closing-wage-gap-could-take-decades <p>New Hampshire women had plenty to celebrate a year ago, when voters elected a woman to the corner office in Concord and sent the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation to Washington.</p><p>But while the state’s political leadership basked in the media attention, most New Hampshire women continued to struggle with unequal treatment on the job.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:56:38 +0000 Brian Wallstin 38978 at http://nhpr.org Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades On The Job: Talking To Granite Staters About What They Do http://nhpr.org/post/job-talking-granite-staters-about-what-they-do <p>All week NHPR reporters and producers are spending time talking to Granite Staters about their jobs. What's it's like to be a logger, a music teacher, or an accordion repair technician? Have a listen, and hear what its like to do some jobs that you've heard of, thought about, or maybe never imagined doing.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:40:11 +0000 NHPR Newsroom 38716 at http://nhpr.org On The Job: Talking To Granite Staters About What They Do How Recessions Make Women Breadwinners http://nhpr.org/post/how-recessions-make-women-breadwinners <p>It's a trend that has been ongoing for years, but was accelerated by the recession: women as breadwinners.&nbsp; Kristin Smith is family demographer at the Carsey Institute and a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has researched and written extensively about how women's incomes have become the primary source in more households.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:58:03 +0000 Rick Ganley 38967 at http://nhpr.org Meet Portsmouth's New 'Beer Master' http://nhpr.org/post/meet-portsmouths-new-beer-master <p>New Hampshire’s food system is growing and changing, and that means old jobs are evolving. Farmers, for example, are doing marketing and media along with planting and harvesting. And there are new jobs in the food system as well, including this one: Hotel Beer Master.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:02:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 38882 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Addie Gann http://nhpr.org/post/class-2008-addie-gann <p></p><p>On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.&nbsp; The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:51:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38864 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Addie Gann Will Work For Health Insurance: The 'Job Lock' Conundrum http://nhpr.org/post/will-work-health-insurance-job-lock-conundrum <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard </span>Polonsky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an organizational consultant, and can, if prompted, easily talk like one.</span></p><p>“Being an outsider to an organization, I think people tend to listen to you more than when you are part of the organizational structure,” says Polonsky.</p><p>Based in Bedford, he has spent a career advising companies and non-profits on big campaigns. It’s a role Polonsky excels in: working from the outside, thinking strategically, and being blunt with management.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:29:03 +0000 Todd Bookman 38906 at http://nhpr.org Will Work For Health Insurance: The 'Job Lock' Conundrum Employee Satisfaction In 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/employee-satisfaction-2013 <p>We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.&nbsp; During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38866 at http://nhpr.org Employee Satisfaction In 2013 Question: What's The Longest Commute You'd Be Willing To Make For A Great Job? http://nhpr.org/post/question-whats-longest-commute-youd-be-willing-make-great-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of </span>NHPR's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> news series, </span><a href="http://nhpr.org/topic/how-we-work-five-years-later" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>How We Work:&nbsp; 5 Years Later</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we’re asking Granite </span>Staters<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to weigh in with their thoughts about jobs and the economy.</span></p><div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air. Post a comment here, or on our Facebook page under the question we've posted. The link is </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/nhpublicradio">here.&nbsp;</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Please include your first name and your hometown.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today's question: What's the longest commute you'd be willing to make for a great job?</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I'd go an hour or so, though as I get older, I am less willing to travel long distances in the winter." - Sherry, on Facebook</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It depends on the traffic." - William, Manchester</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I would commute 90 minutes to two hours for my dream job." - Kristy, Contoocook</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It depends on the type of transportation." - Gilbert, on Facebook</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Great job...single Mom. Hmmm. Unfortunately, given single Mom-dom, I'd only be willing to commute 30 minutes each way." - Anne, Concord</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"15 minutes." - &nbsp;Andrew, Thornton</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"An hour." - Heidi,&nbsp;Goffstown</span></p><p>"I currently commute 60 miles each way, which equates to about an hour and 20 minutes to two hours, depending on traffic. But, I only do this three times a week!" - Jennifer,&nbsp;Sandown</p><p>"90 minutes each way if it were a 9-5 type gig. From Bedford I'd commute to Boston if I had to, which many do." - &nbsp;Sean, Bedford</p><p>"The last time I was on a job hunt, I drew a circle with a 45-minute commute radius, giving my town Acworth the center point. Anything more than that and I'd be working for gas money only!" - Kat, Acworth</p><p>"If we had a train/subway mass transit, I could tolerate an hour. In the car, no more than 20-30 minutes. I'm extremely lucky that I currently work for a company based in Brooklyn, but work from my own office in Chesterfield, N.H." - &nbsp;Eric, Chesterfield</p><p>"Never commute more than 30 minutes. Life is to freaking short." - David, Facebook</p><p>"Up to 35 miles or one hour each way from&nbsp;Groveland, Mass." - Doug, Facebook</p><p>"45 minutes." - Jack, New Boston</p><p>"Already doing it, 2 hours one way. Checked into personal aircraft...but they are too expensive!" - Hope, Facebook</p><p>"I once drove from Berlin, NH to Boston, MA for a part-time job, I wouldn't want to drive any further than that and if it were full time I'd move closer." - Roger, Facebook</p><p>"I do 2 hours one way for a 13-15 hour shift 2 or 3 times a week. It's much less fun in the winter...I listen to a lot of NPR on my commutes." - Deborah, Facebook</p><p>"A great job is one that doesn't require a long commute." - @RobertTanguay</p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:21:21 +0000 NHPR Newsroom 38714 at http://nhpr.org Question: What's The Longest Commute You'd Be Willing To Make For A Great Job? Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Child Care http://nhpr.org/post/workers-vote-feet-leave-home-based-child-care <p></p><p>There’s a change underway in New Hampshire daycare. Increasingly childcare centers are opening and family, home-based operations are closing, and some believe the changing demands of the workplace are part of what’s driving the shift.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 38867 at http://nhpr.org Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Child Care 'Budget Certainty': What New Hampshire Defense Contractors Want http://nhpr.org/post/budget-certainty-what-new-hampshire-defense-contractors-want <p>New Hampshire’s economy as a whole is affected by what happens across the country and around the world, but the defense industry, a major economic driver in southern New Hampshire, sees the effects of national decision making up close.</p><p>Like many industries, defense has seen plenty of change over the past five years. But because of the ongoing budget debates in Washington, there’s likely more change to come for the industry and for its workers.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:52:24 +0000 Brady Carlson 38879 at http://nhpr.org MAP: Job Recovery By County http://nhpr.org/post/map-job-recovery-county <p>To get a glimpse of how each individual New Hampshire county is doing with regard to job recovery after the recession, check out the map below. The graphs cover the period from January 2008 through March 2013, the most recent numbers available.</p><p>What you're not seeing: Employment trends upward in the spring and summer months; final figures for 2013 will give us a clearer picture of where we are, but won't be available until next year.</p><p>[Click image to view larger.]</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:23:57 +0000 Sara Plourde 38862 at http://nhpr.org MAP: Job Recovery By County