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Posted May 31, 2013 by

8 Worst Professions for Gaining Weight

Rosemary Haefner of Careerbuilder

Rosemary Haefner of Careerbuilder

A new study has found that more than half (55 percent) of workers consider themselves to be overweight, and 41 percent have gained weight at their present jobs. Of those who say they’ve gained weight, 59 percent gained over 10 pounds and 30 percent gained over 20 pounds. Conversely, 16 percent of all workers say they’ve lost weight while at their current job.

The national survey, which was conducted online for Careerbuilder by Harris Interactive© from February 11 to March 6, 2013, included more than 3,600 full-time workers.

Professions that often involve high stress levels or long hours behind a desk had a higher percentage of workers putting on extra pounds. Among those most likely to report weight gain: (more…)

Posted May 02, 2013 by

Top 4 Reasons Why 34% of Healthcare Workers Plan to Quit in 2013

Jason Lovelace, President of CareerBuilder Healthcare

Jason Lovelace, President of CareerBuilder Healthcare

Heavy patient loads, smaller staffs and higher stress levels may be causing health care workers to check themselves out of their facilities. More than a third (34 percent) of health care workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, up from 24 percent last year. Nearly half (45 percent) plan to look for a new job over the next two years. Eighty-two percent said that while they are not actively looking for a job today, they would be open to a new position if they came across the right opportunity.

“Not only are health care organizations dealing with a shortage of high skill workers, they are facing higher demand fueled by an aging population and more Americans having access to medical benefits,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Nearly half – 46 percent – of health care organizations said they have seen a negative impact on their organizations due to extended job vacancies.* Long hours and juggling multiple patient needs are taking their toll on morale and retention. The survey shows health care workers are seeking a more manageable work experience.” (more…)

Posted May 02, 2013 by

Only 5% of Fortune 500 Employers Allow Job Applications Via Mobile Devices

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

I admit it. I have a lot of pet peeves. I’m generally a positive person and appreciative of the beauty of our world and the beauty within others, but some things really tick me off. One of those is how incredibly horrible it is for job seekers to search for and especially apply to jobs using their cell phones and other mobile devices. Quite simply, the candidate experience is atrocious.

My friends, Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads, recently released a new white paper on how employers are using mobile recruitment market. The verdict: some progress but a whole lot of room for improvement. The white paper was based on a survey of human resource executives from large organizations and builds on a similar survey conducted two years earlier. This time, Mark and Gerry reported that a larger percentages of the companies surveyed have activity in mobile recruiting. For example: (more…)

Posted April 18, 2013 by

4.6 Million Americans Searching for Jobs for 27 or More Weeks

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

June will mark the four-year anniversary of the official end of the Great Recession and, unless there is a significant shock to the economy, it will be the 40th consecutive month of private-sector payroll gains. Yet, millions of chronically unemployed Americans the job market have yet to see any improvement; a trend that could have dire consequences for the long-term health of the entire economy, according to one employment authority.

“The longer one is out of work, the more difficult it becomes to achieve job search success. And, unfortunately, this is a situation that has not reversed, despite steady improvement in the overall job market,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the global outplacement firm, which provides employment transition counseling to individuals following job loss. (more…)

Posted April 11, 2013 by

15 Weirdest Requests Employees Have Received From Their Bosses

Rosemary Haefner of Careerbuilder

Rosemary Haefner of Careerbuilder

What is the strangest thing your boss has asked you to do? Spy on senior management? Work on her daughter’s science project? How about loan him money? Nearly one-in-four workers (23 percent) reported that their bosses have asked them to perform tasks that are not related to their jobs, according to a new CareerBuilder study.

The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from February 11 to March 6, 2013, included more than 3,600 U.S. workers across industries and company sizes. Additional results draw from a similar study conducted in November 2012 among more than 3,500 workers.

Grading the Boss

Most workers like reporting to their current boss. When asked to grade their boss’s performance, the majority (66 percent) gave an above average rating: (more…)

Posted February 21, 2013 by

82% of Applicants Expect Answers From Employers Yet Only 25% Get It

Sanja Licina of Careerbuilder

Sanja Licina of Careerbuilder

Job hunting can be a frustrating process especially if you have no idea whether the employer made a decision or even saw your application. More than one in four workers reported that they have had a bad experience when applying for a job. The vast majority (75 percent) of workers who applied to jobs using various resources in the last year said they never heard back from the employer, according to a nationwide CareerBuilder survey.

While this speaks to the challenges of finding employment in a highly competitive market, it also brings to light negative implications for today’s employers. The survey shows candidates who have had a bad experience when applying for a position are less likely to seek employment at that company again and are more likely to discourage friends and family from applying or purchasing products from that company. The study of more than 3,900 U.S. workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from November 1 to November 30, 2012.

How important is it to acknowledge every job applicant? (more…)

Posted February 13, 2013 by

30% of Those Date Who Co-Workers Get Married to One

Office Romance

Office romance photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? It may just be in the cube next to you. Thirty-nine percent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 17 percent reported dating co-workers at least twice. Thirty percent of those who have dated a co-worker said their office romance led them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder’s annual office romance survey of more than 4,000 workers nationwide, conducted online by Harris Interactive© between November 1 and November 30, 2012.

How Many Dated the Boss?

While the majority of relationships developed between peers, 29 percent of workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and16 percent admitted to dating their boss. Women were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 38 percent compared to 21 percent of men.

Which Industries Have the Most Romance? (more…)

Posted February 11, 2013 by

60% of Workers Find Romance in the Workplace

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The approach of Valentine’s Day may have many human resource managers on the lookout for any evidence of budding or ongoing romances between co-workers or, even worse, between a worker and supervisor.

With some surveys indicating that as many as 60 percent of co-workers, casually dating, hooking up and/or finding love in the workplace, it is an issue that keeps many human resource executives up at night.  “Office romances are fraught with pitfalls that can impact workplace harmony, productivity, more and, in some cases, the bottom line if they end badly and a lawsuit is filed,” noted workplace authority John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  (more…)

Posted January 24, 2013 by

How Climate Change Effects the Job Market

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

This week, Cargill Beef announced that it will be shuttering one of its Texas plants as a prolonged drought in the state thins cattle herds to their lowest levels in 60 years. The closure will force the plant’s 2,000 workers to relocate to one of the company’s other plants or find employment elsewhere.

This is not the first time climate change has impacted jobs and it will not be the last, according to workplace authority John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Challenger forecasts that the impact of climate change on the economy and employment will only increase in the years to come. “Agriculture could be the biggest victim of changing weather patterns brought on by climate change. We are no longer an agriculture-based economy, but the sector still employs between 150,000 and 250,000 workers, depending on the time of year. The other area that could feel pain related to climate change is tourism. Ski resorts in Colorado are already seeing the effects of less snowfall. Not only are skiers seeking deeper powder further north, but the resorts are spending a lot more making artificial snow.” (more…)

Posted January 09, 2013 by

8 Tips For Employers Who Want to Prevent Workers From Spreading the Flu

Middle aged, woman sick with flu sneezes into a tissue

Woman with flu sneezes into tissue. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

With three months remaining in what is already being called the worst flu season in a decade, employers around the country are undoubtedly feeling the financial impact of increased health care costs and widespread absenteeism.  Making matters worse, according to one workplace authority, is the tendency of employees concerned about job security to keep coming to the office despite their apparent illness.

“The economy is still on shaky ground and many workers continue to be worried about losing their jobs, despite the fact that annual layoffs are at the lowest level since the late 1990s.  In this environment, workers are reluctant to call in sick or even use vacation days.  Of course, this has significant negative consequences for the workplace, where the sick worker is not only performing at a reduced capacity but also likely to infect others,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (more…)