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When (almost) alone in a room with American business magnate and investor Warren Buffett, what do you ask him? CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson appeared on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop" this morning to talk about just that. Buffett, Ferguson and a few other business leaders met last evening during Buffett's stop in Chicago for an event for Junior Achievement, and discussed everything from U.S. job creation and the outlook for our nation's economic recovery, to philosophies on business and the housing market.
This was the first time Buffett and Ferguson had gotten a chance to meet. On "In the Loop," Ferguson shared a couple of highlights from their discussion:
Perhaps a trip to American Staffing Association's Staffing World 2011 just wasn’t in the cards this year…or perhaps you were too busy attending sessions, entering to win a [insert flashy handheld electronic device here], and learning how to pronounce “beignet” to catch everything there was to see at this year’s conference, which took place earlier this month in New Orleans.
We had a feeling that might happen.
Lucky for you, CareerBuilder was there, shooting video from the expo room floor, and gathering feedback from fellow attendees on everything from lessons they’ve learned in this industry to current trends, to what they foresee for the future of staffing and recruiting.
Visit CareerBuilder.com/StaffingWorld2011 for complete video coverage or checkout highlights below.
Overheard at Staffing World 2011
“You learn something new every day…Learn to love the new things.”
“We believe in giving people opportunities…to change their lives.”
“You’re only as good as your resources.”
If your workplace is anything like ours here at CareerBuilder, once the leaves start to fall, the office becomes riddled with sniffs, coughs, sneezes, shouts of “Gesundheit!” — you get the picture. Trash cans overflowing with tissue aside, though, you’re probably well aware that some employees who call in sick may actually have other reasons for being absent from work, whether it’s a mental health day or a holiday shopping trip.
Not too terribly long ago, life was a lot harder. People spent hours growing, finding and hunting their food, only to spend equal amounts of time cooking and preserving it so they wouldn’t starve in the winter. But as technology progressed, it brought along a couple of the more noteworthy inventions in recent history: the refrigerator and the microwave. Now, with the pop of a box and the push of a button, people can eat food that is grown anywhere, anytime, whenever they want.
And even more recently, something else amazing happened. While it seemed that the possibilities were endless, people started to realize that they didn’t need to be. Instead of wanting processed foods that are grown, frozen, shipped and eaten out of season, our culture has taken a step back and has begun to embrace fresh, locally grown foods.
Believe it or not, creating content on the web isn’t that much different. Providing a regular diet of fresh, organic content is the best way for you to stay engaged with your employees as well as active and passive job seekers, and grow your company’s social media presence. Because most interaction takes place on users’ News Feeds or timelines instead of a profile or page, posting new content is often the only way to stay connected with your online community on a regular basis. In fact, Facebook users are 40 to 150 times more likely to consume content via their News Feeds rather than visit actual pages. Fresh content also simply lets users know, “Hey – We’re here!” since a page with stale content or a stream of RSS-fed items doesn’t assure users that it’s a community where they’re likely to find new, useful information or have their questions answered.
Earlier this week, employees everywhere helped bosses celebrate National Boss’s Day. Some gave flowers, or left a handwritten card on their boss’s desk. Others took their bosses out to lunch at their favorite little bistro, or treated them to that pedicure their toes had been screaming for. Still others just wished their boss a heartfelt “Happy Boss’s Day.”
Right about now, bosses everywhere may still be basking in the afterglow of well-wishes, or high on endorphins from that chocolate cupcake display designed to spell out “B-O-S-S.” And they may be thinking to themselves, as they wipe cupcake crumbs off their suits, “Yep — they love me.
As we move through still-uncertain economic times, it's not a surprise that many companies are looking for new ways to main a competitive advantage. The more surprising thing to learn may be that nearly a quarter of employers (23 percent) expect to hire for executive-level positions over the next six months, according to CareerBuilder’s new nationwide executive hiring forecast of more than 2600 hiring managers and human resources professionals.
Which industries plan to hire for executive-level positions most over the next six months?
- 35 percent of IT companies
- 25 percent of health care companies
- 24 percent of sales companies,
- 23 percent of professional and business services, financial services, and leisure/hospitality companies.
Many employers often look outside the office doors when looking to recruit for these executive-level positions:
- 18 percent prefer to look externally.
- Half of employers place equal emphasis on internal and external candidates.
- One-third prefer to look internally.
What do employees want? Oh, that's such a loaded question! I'm sure many of us could make lists the length of the office hallway detailing our opinions on what we believe makes employees happy. One thing do we know for sure is that employee morale isn't a trend, but an ongoing effort. Within that ongoing effort, though, how do we know what's on our employees' own wish lists?
Well, a Staples.com survey released in observance of “Improve Your Office Day" has come along, peeled ink-stained paper out of the Trapper Keeper (where I have just decided all employee wish lists are stored), and shared their
M.A.S.H. results survey findings with the world. Let's take a look.
The survey, which asked employees about their likes/dislikes at work, as well as their suggestions for improving the office environment, found many employees aren't too pleased with their technology -- or their humble surroundings: More than half (52 percent) of the more than 300 workers surveyed gave their office furniture and office décor a "C" grade or lower, and 41 percent gave their office technology the same grade. Also on their lists? Politics, the right to work at home (or lack thereof), and privacy.
What is on employees' office-improvement wish lists?
- Eliminating office politics (44 percent)
- Allowing or encouraging telecommuting (41 percent)
- Upgrading computers and other office technology (37 percent)
- Getting nicer or more comfortable office furniture (35 percent)
- Providing more private work areas and more flexible work hours (tied at 34 percent each).
Though it's true that some employees do think they can do a better job than their boss, employees seem happy overall with their superiors. Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents gave their boss a solid “A” grade, with a combined 78 percent rating their boss an “A” or “B.”