January 2009 19
Well, anyone who says this past month hasn’t been exciting has been living under either a rock or Rod Blagojevich’s massive hair (hopefully not the latter). We’ve collectively experienced everything from a historical inauguration to peanut butter recalls to a US Airways jet’s splash landing post-bird strikes — and many events in between.
Here on The Hiring Site, we had a few things to say about this past month’s both uplifting and often bizarre slew of events, as well as the effect they have had on workplaces and those employees and leaders who inhabit them.
Sure, he lied, cheated and stole (allegedly, of course) but former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was unanimously voted out of office yesterday, has got nothing on the “bad bosses” CareerBuilder.com found in its latest nationwide survey.
According to the poll of more than 8,000 workers, 43 percent of workers have quit a job to get away from bad bosses.
You know the drill. Sign into your e-mail account. Sharp intake of breath. Moment of dread. Screen pops up. Eyes roll. Hundreds of e-mails sit there, waiting for you. Are you really motivated to go through them – and furthermore, actually answer any? Probably not, unless you love torturing yourself have an unlimited amount of time on your hands. Which none of us really do.
Now that it’s January, it’s usually the time of year when college advisors are telling students to start looking for internships and entry-level jobs. Of course being told to do something and actually doing it are two different things…And while it’s not that college students are lazy when it comes to planning their futures, they’re probably less inclined to do so unless they’re getting a constant reminder about it.
I’m calling what I just read in this MediaPost article the “Lost” Theory for Maintaining Momentum During a Recession because it’s seems as radical and antithetical an idea for me and you as the idea of going back to the island is for the Oceanic 6 (not because I just spent the better part of an hour reading spoilers about what will happen tonight on ABC at 8 pm CST).
Finally, a Way to Tell Your Boss He Smells Worse Than Your Gym Bag … Announcing the New Interactive Tip Giver from CareerBuilder.com
If being in the professional work force has taught you anything, it’s that you really have to think before you speak. I mean, really stop and think. The jokes that fly between you and your BFF don’t always translate well between 9 and 5. And the brutal honesty you share with your friends (“Why are you dating that loser?” “That shirt makes you look like my grandmother.” “Really, a little Listerine goes a long way.”) won’t earn you any new work friends.
Let’s face it: Our lives are becoming more transparent every day. As a business, you owe it to those candidates interested in becoming your employees to be upfront about your requirements, available benefits, and company culture. Along with the “fun stuff,” however, candidates also want to know the often less exciting, but necessary, logistics in order to make logical and informed decisions about whether or not to apply to your position.