We continue our series with a look at older workers. Some found themselves suddenly out of a job due to recession. Now, half a decade later, we’re seeing how they’ve adjusted - and the many paths they’ve taken, by choice or necessity.
Kelly Clark – state director of AARP-New Hampshire
Dennis Delay – economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies; also New Hampshire forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership
On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11. 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.
As part of NHPR’s station-wide series “How We Work: Five Years Later,” Word of Mouth presents “The Class of 2008,” conversations with people who graduated from high school or college around the time of the global economic meltdown.
There’s been a lot of fuss made in recent years over the increasing “gamification” of everyday life – that is, the use of game mechanics in unusual settings like personal fitness, or in schools – where the incentive to get points or awards might have more motivational power than getting good grades, or dropping a dress size. In the workplace, companies like Cold Stone Creamery and the Miller Brewing have starting using video games to train fresh hires – and a recent study by the University of Colorado found that employees trained using video games did their jobs better, and retained information longer than those who were instructed by more conventional methods. One company thinks video games can play a role in businesses even earlier – before an employee has even been hired.
More than half of all Americans own a smartphone. The explosion of this technology over the past few years has created a rapidly growing job sector in designing and developing smartphone apps. This week, we launch our series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy." looking at how this industry is growing and changing in the state. We begin with an introduction to the world of mobile app development.
NHPR is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship for Innovation. The fellowship was created to develop the next generation of public radio talent and to bring new ideas and perspectives to NHPR. This six month fellowship focusing on show production and digital media is based at NHPR’s broadcast center in Concord, New Hampshire. Fellows will gain hands-on experience working on The Exchange, NHPR’s flagship public affairs program and exposure to a wide range of activities at the station. Responsibilities will include: generating and r
If you’ve ever felt like customer support from a call center is a hopeless case, there are now statistics to back that up. Forbesrecently reported that fifty percent of calls that go through call centers go unresolved. IBM hopes to change that by putting their new star employee on the job - a super-computer named Watson. You remember Watson, right?
A recent study from Northeastern University reveals a crippling catch- 22 for the long-term unemployed. Matthew O’Brien is an associate editor at The Atlantic who recently took a look at the date and wrote about the gloomy prospects for people who’ve been too long without work.
The International Labor Organization – or ILO -- announced last week that global unemployment has dipped to its lowest level since December 2008. However, the numbers don’t look nearly as promising for young people. An estimated 75 million people in the 15-to-24 range will be unemployed this year. The ILO warns that if these trends continue, a generation will be scarred by economic disadvantage. Mona Mourshed is Education Director for the McKinsey Center for Government , which is studying youth unemployment. Mona is co-author of the McKinsey report: “Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works.”
I was so inspired by today's segment on Micro-tasking and the practice of doing mind numbing work over the internet for pennies, I thought I would interview the Word of Mouth team to see which of their worst jobs could go head to head with being an Amazon Mechanical Turk. It's a little game I like to call: Which One's Worse?
So without further ado, here's what I found out my colleagues used to do before they found their groove in public radio:
Earlier this month, “Disney on Ice” glided into Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena with a parade of princesses, Peter Pans, and talking mice on skates. We sent Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent to meet a cast member with New Hampshire roots. Zach arrived a few hours before the show and managed to get in a little bit of ice time.
Some employers are willing to try anything to incentivize employees to work harder and increase productivity. But what exactly are employees looking for in a job these days, aside from the pay? Business NH Magazine's annual competition identifies the top ten best New Hampshire companies to work for and what makes them so great. Matthew Mowry is editor for Business NH Magazine and he joins us to talk about who came out on top.
Higher Education officials and Business leaders gathered for a forum today on how to increase the number of New Hampshire STEM graduates – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But while it was Community Colleges and Universities talking about the issue today, the lack of interest in STEM is a problem at every level of the American education system.