October 2010 13
While you were busy winning America’s hearts, if not Project Runway, feeling relieved to know it’s not just you, taking all of the fun out of Halloween, here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…
Sure, they can run entire companies, but most CEOs still can’t tell their Farmvilles from their Mafia Wars
Speaking of…employees in Germany are unfairly being forced to play Farmville on their own time.
Feel like something’s been, well, different at the office lately? That things seem a bit emptier at the workplace? A bit quieter? Well, you’re not crazy — you’re just observant. Turns out many employees are calling off of work to crawl back under the covers and hide from the recession, build a delicious burger cake, or explain a cow break-in to the cops.
Feeling unmotivated? Uninspired? Disengaged? You’re not alone. “There’s a lot of valid reason we’re feeling burned out,” says Holly Green, workplace management expert and best-selling author of the book More Than a Minute: How to Be an Effective Leader and Manager in Today’s Changing World.
“It’s because we are,” she says.
I recently spoke with Green about the amount of stress managers are under today to re-engage their employees in an increasingly stressful work environment.
For 31 percent of employers who are hiring seasonal workers this year, great customer service skills top the list of most wanted skills in a seasonal worker they’d be interested in hiring full-time.
For its most recent survey, CareerBuilder asked more than 2,400 hiring managers about their seasonal hiring plans this year.
Today's the last day of the American Staffing Association's Staffing World 2010 conference in Las Vegas, and although what happens in Vegas normally does stay in Vegas, we've managed to snag some PG-style videos and commentary about recruiting and staffing firm leaders' views on social media trends.
1) Hear how some staffing firms are using social media right now, even during the conference, to promote their firms and engage with candidates:
2) Here are panelists from yesterday's social media panel at Staffing World, talking about adopting and managing social media, and addressing the question so many are asking: Where's the return on investment in social media?
3) Lastly, here's Richard Wahlquist, President and the CEO of ASA, discussing the state of the staffing and recruiting industry today, which issues are top of mind right now for firms, and where the industry is headed as we work toward economic recovery:
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