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:
While you were busy barely even trying to hold it in, wasting absolutely no time at all, or thinking to yourself, “If we can get 33 trapped miners out of a cave, surely we can find a way to distribute movie popcorn butter more efficiently!”…here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…
Oprah tops the list of most wanted celebrity bosses.
The American Staffing Association's Staffing World 2010 conference, taking place at the Venetian Casino Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, NV, is well underway. Throngs of recruiting and staffing professionals have been mingling and networking, attending professional development sessions like keynotes and workshops, browsing exhibitor booths (like CareerBuilder's -- yes, that's a shameless plug), and generally having a great time while learning more about how to not only adapt but thrive in our rapidly changing workplace. And we want to share some of those learnings with all of you.
New Economy, New Attitudes
We all know businesses are rethinking their strategies, doing more with less, and thinking creatively to get ahead in today's economy. What's worked in the past won't necessarily work now, and everything from the role of contingent workers to the attitudes of Gen Y in the workplace are shifting. As ASA says on their site, "The "Great Recession' reset the global economy to a 'new normal.'" We're all figuring out how to adjust as the dust settles, and conferences like this are an opportunity to share ideas and push the conversation forward.
Although I'm going to post more videos in a subsequent post, you can find all of CareerBuilder's videos from Staffing World here and peruse them at your leisure -- and be sure to follow along with the conference tweets with hashtag #sw10.
Here's the first video I wanted to share -- it features Bruce Tulgan, keynote speaker at Staffing World 2010 and founder of Rainmaker Thinking Inc. In the video, he talks to CareerBuilder about what we're dealing with right now: a highly uncertain business environment, a high-pressure workplace and a high maintenance work force. Although he focuses on what this combination means for staffing firms and talent, much of his advice can really be applied to any business:
What's your take on what Bruce has to say?