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November No More: A Look Back at Workplace News and Gossip

tgiving dinnerTurkeys 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. And remember – there’s always time to give your employees thanks.

Cyber Monday and Bikini Friday
It’s Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and do you know where your employees are? Well, according to results of a recent CareerBuilder survey, one-third of them just may be doing some online holiday shopping while on the clock. Other employees, meanwhile, may be slipping some unusual suggestions into the office suggestion box. Medical marijuana rooms and Bikini Fridays, anyone?

Need more morale?
Speaking of down time while at the office, do you encourage creative down time to help spark your employees’ creativity and foster new ideas? If not, how does your company work to build employee morale? In many businesses, working in a recession has equated to heavier workloads and more hours with fewer people — and employee morale has taken a hit. Nearly a quarter of employers rate their organization’s current employee morale as low, according to a recent CB survey, and motivation and loyalty are on the fritz, too. Lack of onboarding — or taking missteps in onboarding an employee — doesn’t help either. Avoid these mistakes to ensure a successful onboarding program.

Smarter searches
In better news, this month marked the launch of CareerBuilder’s Search Smart eBook, a candidate-searching guide for employers. On the flip side, we’ve also laid out candidates’ generational differences in evaluating future employers.

Leaders and wannabes
You also told us how you identify a leader — and we told you what we know about smores (“social media whores“).

We can’t wait for December.

Amy K. McDonnell

About Amy K. McDonnell

Originally hailing from Ohio, Amy is the editorial manager on the content services team and has been with both CareerBuilder and the city of Chicago for nearly a decade. She writes on a range of recruitment topics on The Hiring Site, striving to bring a dose of clarity and humor to sometimes complicated issues around employee attraction, engagement and retention. When she's not working, Amy spends as much time as possible reading, pretending to be a chef, writing short stories, eating Nutella out of the jar, waiting for CTA buses and trains, going to see her favorite bands live, and spending time with people who inspire and challenge her.
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