November 2009 16
Turkeys have been carved, families and friends have reunited at dinner tables around the country, and that leftover pumpkin pie would probably taste a lot better than the vending-machine snack you’re devouring right now. Although Thanksgiving has passed and the full craziness of December is looming upon us, there’s still time to take a quick look back at November’s tasty workplace tidbits.
In CareerBuilder’s recent interview with Bob McNabb, chief executive officer of Futurestep, Bob discusses the unique understanding he has of the role that people play in creating a high-performance culture, both internally and for his clients.
What is your philosophy as it relates to your people and their impact on your business?
People are central to the way that Futurestep and Korn/Ferry operate.
Workers and employers are once again at odds -- at least in some offices around the country. Cyber Monday, the National Retail Federation's coined term for the first Monday after Thanksgiving, is predicted to be a busy day for office Internet use. Almost a third (32 percent) of workers plan to holiday shop online this season, up from 29 percent last year, according to CareerBuilder's annual survey, which included more than 3,100 employees and 4,700 workers nationwide.
As employers have reported they monitor their employees' Internet and e-mail use, no "secure transactions" for that last-minute sweater purchase for Mom are really secure. As much as the holidays may seem a time of relaxation and leniency, many employers are not only monitoring employees' Internet usage, but also tightening up their social media policies. According to the survey, 20 percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activities. Five percent of employers have fired someone strictly for holiday shopping online at work.
With Thanksgiving T-minus 33 hours, 47 minutes and 12 seconds away just around the corner, it’s time to embrace your inner-Charlie Brown and let your employees know how much you appreciate them. After all, showing that you’re grateful to your employees isn’t just goodwill, it’s good business practice – especially now.
“In any turbulent time, it is more important than ever for managers to make use of the powerful tool of recognition,” say Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton in their best-selling management book, “The Carrot Principle.”
Based on a 10-year study of 200,000 managers and employees, “The Carrot Principle” discusses how the most successful managers have one thing in common: they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition.
Smores, or “social media whores,” as explained by blogger Mark Allen Roberts in his article, Beware of Smores: Social Media Whores, are “self professed social media experts who take large retainers from unsuspecting clients, they over promise and under deliver.”
Michelle Spellerberg, Marketing Director of CareerBuilder’s consulting arm, Personified, passed the article on to me, summing it up this way:
While you were busy scoring tickets to a screening of "New Moon" this weekend, fighting back your tears at the announcement that Oprah is canceling her show after a 25-year run, or wondering how you're going to fill the void of your Pumpkin and Eggo Casserole this Thanksgiving, news in the hiring and recruiting world may have slipped right by you. Not to worry -- we'll catch you up.
- Turns out there's at least 15 ways to determine if your workplace is dysfunctional -- read 'em and (hopefully) don't weep.
- Many workers fear that settling for a survival job may = career suicide. (Employers, what do you think?)
- Surprised? Heavier workloads + longer hours x strained resources = low employee morale.
- Innocent mistake or just plain careless? Recruiter offers job via e-mail -- to the wrong candidate. Yikes!
- Employers beware: office stickups and robberies are on the rise.
- Bailed-out companies and 2009 holiday parties? Not so much. A better idea? Team volunteering.
- Did you know? For the first time ever, women hold half the jobs in the U.S.
- It turns out most Fortune 100 companies need a Twitter tutorial. Stat.
- Taking time off from work for the Thanksgiving holiday? Ensure a stress-free vacation!
If the recession seems to have taken a toll on your workplace morale, you’re hardly alone…
A new CareerBuilder survey, released today, indicates that nearly a quarter of employers (23 percent) rate their organization’s current employee morale as low. According to Jason Ferrara, CareerBuilder’s Vice president of corporate marketing, low morale is an unfortunate side effect of this recession.
Additionally, 40 percent of workers report that they have had difficulty staying motivated at work in the last year, and 24 percent do not feel loyal to their current employer.