November 2008 19
We are all dealing with changes big or small as a result of recent economic events, and for the most part, we’re doing our best to take them in stride. One change that I’ve been reading more and more about lately, however, reveals a disturbing twist in the workplace landscape. According to a recent article on BNET, workplace bullies are out of the sandbox and on the rise in offices everywhere.
Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. workers plan to holiday shop online during office hours this year, according to CareerBuilder.com’s latest survey of 5600 workers nationwide. The survey comes out just in time for Cyber Monday, the nickname for the first Monday after Thanksgiving, when consumer spending spikes in conjunction with seasonal holiday sales.
Of the workers who plan to shop during office time, 43 percent admitted that they’ll probably spend more than one hour doing so over the course of the holiday season, while 23 percent said they’ll spend two hours or more, and another 13 percent will spend three hours or more.
I just came across a post about the future of recruiting, written back in April by Dr. John Sullivan, a management professor at San Francisco State University. In it, he names 11 factors that will force recruiting to change dramatically. It’s a pretty interesting list, but what I find most remarkable is that the economy is conspicuously absent from it (which is pretty telling about how dramatically the economic climate has changed in the past few months.)
After all, the many budget cuts, layoffs and staff restructurings are forcing many hiring managers to rethink their recruiting methods, leading to changes that could remain in place long after the recession is over.
In concluding this series of tips and tricks to make the most of your job postings, I thought I’d run through some things you might want to avoid. Not to end on a negative note, and some of these may seem rather elementary, but one can never be too careful, because we’re talking about the process of attracting your next employee.
As it’s open enrollment season for U.S. businesses, millions of employees from Seattle to Baton Rouge are making important decisions about health care and benefits that will affect them and their families in 2009. However, surprisingly, millions of employees still aren’t participating in these decisions.
If your employees knew they were throwing money away, would they change their course? A newly released CareerBuilder.com survey reveals that nearly a quarter of workers (23 percent) do not take advantage of the new and potentially cost-saving measures being offered by their respective companies.
Like most business professionals in Q4, I’m in the throes of finalizing my Marketing budget for 2009. The trick in figuring out how to spend the money I do have is creating the right marketing mix. Some things are easy – we should continue and increase programs that make us money. Some things are more challenging – figuring out the right branding vehicles which are notoriously difficult to measure.
While leaving the office yesterday, I entered the empty elevator on my way to the ground floor and parking lot. Suddenly, one floor away from my destination, the brass doors parted and a woman entered who was wearing enough perfume for about 18 people. Normally, I would just try to ignore the uncomfortable barrage of fragrance, but yesterday was different, because I’m just getting over a chest cold, and my cough reflex is pretty sensitive.
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