While you were busy running for the border at breakfast, oversleeping for the first time in 39 years, making the music video to end all music videos or getting the world’s most controversial haircut since Keri Russel circa 1999…here’s what was happening in the world of work, by the numbers:
37: Consecutive years software analytics giant – and frequent “Best Company To Work For” honoree – SAS has produced record profits. The finding is just one of many supporting the claim that companies that treat employees well are more successful. (Fast Company)
19.8: Percentage of unemployed workers who found jobs in July, according to the Labor Department. Though it seems as though more unemployed people are finding jobs, according the Wall Street Journal, this could be because there’s less competition. (WSJ)
5: Percentage salaries increased, over a 10-year period, for employees who negotiated their pay individually – a larger increase than those whose wages were calculated on a basis of set parameters, (such as seniority). The survey also found that both employees and companies benefit from individual salary negotiations. (Business News Daily)
40: Online ‘brain-training’ games Lumosity users can play to improve their cognitive performance. The market for such training programs has reached $1 billion, and according to The Economist, employers are among the top subscribers to such technology, which promises to make people more mentally nimble. (The Economist)
16: Workers from an Ocean County, N.J. garage who pooled their cash together to buy what turned out to be one of three winning Powerball tickets. According to their boss (who is clearly doing something right), all16 employees are still showing up for work. (US News)
7: Minutes a day one really needs to devote to exercise, according to a new book by John Coates. That leaves 1433 minutes to devote to the rest of the six habits that combat work streets. (Fast Company)
Very little: Chance the term “MakeCation” will catch on. Coined by Threadnote co-founder Bryan Clark, a MakeCation is a vacation that helps one push through creative roadblocks or other obstacles that get in the way of completing a particular work project. (OpenForum)
2,000+: Hiring managers and human resources professionals CareerBuilder recently surveyed to narrow down the 20 most unconventional ways job candidates have used to get a job – for better or for worse. (TheHiringSite)
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