11 Big Ideas to Watch in 2011

Yoko Furusho
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3. The Return of Hiring

Yes, hiring. Ever heard of it? American companies shed millions of jobs during the recession. As the economy has recovered they've made up for the shortfall by getting more out of their workers—productivity grew by 3.5 percent in 2009. But productivity is slowing down, which means companies will have to start hiring again. What does it mean? You'll have to work harder (and pay more) to attract talented, motivated people.