WorkHappy Wrap: #NewBuildings, #ReloIsAllTheRage, #HamburgerU, #WorldPeace and more from the job market

by Jennifer Sigler | Aug 8, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Why McDonald’s is moving its Hamburger University – and why you’re still lovin’ it.

Busy week. Let’s get “wrapping.”

New digs for Foxconn: Foxconn — an electronics supplier for many notable tech companies, including Apple — is opening a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. This is a big win for both the Trump administration, which has been pushing heavily for an increase in domestic manufacturing, and the state of Wisconsin, which is looking to garner at least 3,000 jobs out of the deal.

This announcement could not have come at a better time for the Badger State, with other industrial companies like Harley-Davidson struggling. Foxconn is set to receive $3 billion in tax breaks and other subsidies from the state over the next 15 years, but the company will be doing much for contributing high-paying, blue-collar jobs for the Midwest.

Moving on out: McDonald’s main suburban campus, Hamburger University, is officially leaving the suburbs for the big city of Chicago. The move was spurred by the need and desire to be around — and appeal to — young professionals skilled in industries like digital engineering, marketing and finance.

Washington Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell cites McDonalds as just one of many leaving their suburban compounds for the ease and amenities of a large city hub. Aetna will be moving to Manhattan from Harford, and General Electric is also saying goodbye to its Connecticut home for Boston.

While these types of moves are affording more opportunities to city dwellers, small towns and rural areas will be feeling a nasty blow to their prosperity.  The impact of these moves is felt through a butterfly effect; there are a bevy of smaller companies and organizations that thrive from their proximity to these corporate giants — such as restaurants and subcontractors.

However, the great migration of people out of the cities (which helped create the suburbs) in the 1960s and 1970s has changed directions. Many young professionals in key industries prefer city living — and corporate America is taking note.

World peace, with pay: IBM’s pro bono program is the largest pro bono program in the country — a program the company cites as key to influencing change and producing a more engaged workforce. It boasts both the Corporate Service Corps and the Smarter Cities Challenge, and recently added the IBM Health Corps.

Each sector of the pro bono program operates a bit like a startup, according to Fast Company: IBM identifies a need, and then selects employees from across company departments to create a problem-solving dream team. These employees will then work (while being paid) for several months to troubleshoot solutions.

Employees who have been with the company at least two years are eligible to apply for the program. These programs offer a win-win-win situation, according to the company: communities get help solving real-world problems, IBM employees receive leadership training and development, and IBM develops new markets and global leaders.

A triple benefit, indeed!

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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