When deciding on Chicago as one’s home, a number of considerations must be addressed. One of the most important ones for individuals aged 20-70 is business opportunities. Being one of America’s largest cities however means that there are many options within its borders. In this article we take a look at the O’Hare area – the location of the International Airport.
There are a lot of opportunities here for businesses and
therefore employment vacancies are often high.
Why is O’Hare so popular for companies?
For those combining both urban and suburban employee sets, it makes
sense. Some of the firms that have
recently moved into the area are U.S. Cellular and GlenStar, for this
reason. As a result, building
proprietors are also working on enhanced contracts and facilities for their tenants.
It’s a good area also due to public transit access and having
a Chicago address is always welcome. But
at the same time – given its location on the edge of the suburbs while being
right by the country’s most active airports – makes for a great
combination. Transportation access gives
businesses an upper hand vis-à-vis talent recruitment for corporations. And for
those professionals who have to travel internationally on a regular basis, what
could be better than being right by the airport?
A laboratory is being created to teach
students how to become nurses without all the expenses. Funding for this nursing
simulation laboratory is being provided by the government at Chicago State
to J. B. Pritzker, the Democratic Governor who announced the $2.5 million
state-of-the-art facility will train thousands of students for jobs in one of
the fastest growing industries, and that’s the medical profession, at a crucial
moment,” Illinois faces a nursing shortage across a number of specialties.”
As well as
being ranked number one of the Midwest pharmacy institutions in the education
of minority students by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy,
according to President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, it is the only widely-black
institution. Students are made up of: 70
percent African American and 10 percent Latinx.
In addition there are 69 percent women; 61 percent are first generation
students who study there, there will be a substantially greater pay scale and
opportunity, helping students at the university feel a sense of pride.
In other city-enhancement
news, the Chicago Property Assessed
Clean Energy (PACE) program has just been launched. In an attempt to facilitate the capacity of
property owners to move over to clean energy, PACE is offering low-cost
financing for such work to be undertaken in new and existing buildings. Those wanting to install green roofs, solar
panels and other water/energy saving devices will have an easier financial time
doing so thanks to PACE. This loan is
only paid back through a special assessment which is automatically added to
future tax bills in each property building.
A bill was unanimously
approved recently by Chicago’s City Council that will force employers of large
firms in the state to give at least two weeks’ notice of schedules to their
employees. When last minute changes
occur, they will have to be compensated.
However, the rule will only apply to workers who earn $26 or less per
workweek” has actually been in developmental stages for over two years in eight
industries. Should this become law, it
will be an unprecedented move in America.
It could be particularly
challenging however, for those in the medical and healthcare sectors. Initially, the Illinois Health and Hospital
Association put forward an opposition but after efforts were made on both sides
for a compromise solution, this was withdrawn.
Chicago – or those moving to the city – will be pleased to know that minimum
wage is far from minimum. While the
state of Illinois has been stuck at $8.25 for the last 9 years, this year
Chicago pushed its minimum wage up to $13!
So how is this fact affecting the rest of the state of Illinois? It seems it does not want to bow to pressure. according to CEO and President of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Rob Karr, Illinois should not be dictated to by Chicago. At a recent meeting held by the Senate Labor Committee, Karr said:
“It’s something we all need to look at when we’re talking about … the economic diversity of this state and the fact that, the suburbs and downstate simply don’t enjoy the same economics [as Chicago].”
that raising the minimum wage leads to less employment opportunities has
largely been disproved, particularly within Chicago. With the raise of the minimum wage in Chicago
(a hike of 40 percent) unemployment in the windy city actually reached an
all-time low of 3.6 percent! indeed, in
2018 Chicago’s drop in unemployment was the highest out of America’s largest 10
cities. Plus, an additional 72,000 jobs
arrived in Chicago, causing it to have more jobs per capita than in the last 50
Ford put a
billion dollar investment into Chicago last week adding 500 manufacturing jobs
while North Point also announced the creation of 1,300 new jobs.
minimum wage is important. Chicago has
shown that it works too.
can find it challenging to get back into the workforce after they have had
children. It was found that 34 percent choose
not to return to their jobs. An endeavor
in Chicago is now aiming to fix that issue.
The Mom Project – a Chicago-based
startup – is trying to reduce that figure by bringing moms to employers looking
to hire who understand and appreciate the value a mom can bring to their firm and
who will work with them to alleviate mom-based pressures.
startup is currently working with 75,000 women in this position. To date, they
have gotten 1,000 companies internationally to see if they can make a fit with
moms returning to the workforce. The mission
of the project is: “helping women remain active in the workforce in every
stage in their journey.”
of the companies the project works with include: JLL, Sapient Razorfish,
Georgia-Pacific, Miller-Coors and more.
At a recent meeting held by members of the West Garfield
Park Youth Council, a discussion took place on how to give people from impoverished
community a second chance; a subject that has traditionally been swept under
the carpet. The need to empower formerly incarcerated individuals from the
community was the focal point of the discussion.
When a region creates more jobs, it is pretty much great news for everyone. Last month, the ADP Regional Employment Reportrecorded an additional 5,700 new positions in the private sector. And for those in Chicago still seeking employment, there is good news too; a new law has forbidden potential employers from asking job applicants to reveal their salary history in an increasing attempt around the country to create gender equal salaries.
The additional jobs in Illinois saw the most in Chicago but the state as a whole added a staggering 41,000 jobs in 2017. Over half of these though were in Chicago – nearly 24,000.
And with this, the executive order to mark Equal Pay Day was signed by the Chicago Mayor. This shows how far into the year women have to work – on average – to earn as much as their male counterparts did the previous year! This comes at a time when lawmakers in the region are looking at two different pieces of legislation that are seeking to close the wage gap.
Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview just proposed a Bill (H.B. 4595) for the establishment of an (Illinois) state-sponsored insurance company. If it becomes law, it would result in the creation of the non-profit Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Co. providing local workers compensation in situations in which companies where they work cannot afford to do so. The Illinois Workers Compensation Commission Operations Fund would provide a $10 million loan to get this going.
While this seems necessary, last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner – also of Illinois – attempted H.B. 2622 which was vetoed. Indeed, a recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that Illinois mine workers who are the victims of injuries and illnesses are less likely to report these to tracking federal agencies
Energage just published results for this year’s ranking of Best Workplaces in the Chicago area. Using employee surveys as well as assessments of work-life balance, company leadership and more, Baird & Warner took top place. According to Energage’s CEO Doug Claffey: “Our mission is making the world a better place to work together. With the Energage platform, companies finally have a way to turn the potential of engagement into real action.”
And then there are collaborative efforts that occur within companies. For example, design and development company Adage Technologies recently started using the Scrum methodology (used in software development projects) to make collaboration go faster. But, to ensure staff satisfaction is not lost the process, regular meetings for employees are held in which they can discuss their thoughts on how to move forward. And Cars.com has been working toward tech team restructuring in order to cultivate more cross-functional collaboration which has worked well for company culture, increasing deployment rates in the team.
Other companies are focusing on getting healthy within the workplace: SPINS (a consumer insights and data analytics company) has an in-office gym featuring meditation, cooking demos and volunteer opportunities. And then Dose provides its employees with fitness initiatives resulting in greater staff cohesion and more.
All Chicagoan firms should take a look at what is making these (and others on the list) stand out from the rest in an attempt to bolster their own rankings on employee culture.
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