54% of Employers Plan to Offer Holiday Bonuses in 2016

December 12th, 2016 Comments off
54% of Employers Plan to Give Employees Holiday Bonuses in 2016

Just in time for the holidays, employers are rewarding their employees in a number of ways. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 54 percent of employers plan to give employees holiday bonuses this year – the same as 2015 – but 15 percent say the bonus will be greater than last year.

In addition, 46 percent of employers plan to give their employees gifts this year – on par with last year, while 69 percent of employers say they will be throwing a holiday party for employees this year – up 3 percent from last year.

What Does This Mean For You?

More than half of your competitors are offering bonuses this holiday season, not to mention a percentage of them are raising the amount being offered. The competition to attract – but also retain – talent is as fierce as ever, and many companies are loosening the purse strings to show employees they matter in a variety of ways.

What are you doing to reward and retain your top talent? Will you be offering holiday bonuses? Are you going to discuss raises for the coming year? Holding on to your A-players is still as important as ever, so don’t let it take a back seat in terms of what your priorities are this year.

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Compete in the 2016 Office Summer Games — And Win Prizes!

August 1st, 2016 Comments off
CareerBuilder 2016 Office Summer Games

With the 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, we wanted to expand the friendly competition to the workplace as well by officially kicking off CareerBuilder’s 2016 Office Summer Games.

And we want you and your entire team to join in!

Channel your inner Michael Phelps and go for the gold in our 2016 Office Summer Games contest — today and throughout the Olympic season. McKayla Maroney may not be impressed… but your co-workers sure will be. The best part is, in addition to bragging rights, you can also win actual prizes.

Here are 3 easy steps to enter:

Step 1: Pick one or all of the following challenges and invite your team or co-workers to compete.

Step 2: Share your pictures with us on Instagram – you have to use the hashtag #OfficeOlympics and tag @CareerBuilder in your photos to be eligible to win.

Step 3: There will be a daily chance to win and the lucky winners will walk away with official Olympics merchandise including t-shirts, track jackets and more.

What are you waiting for? With a little practice, you’ll be ready for the games…

The Caffeine Dash

Who doesn’t need coffee on a Monday morning (or really any morning), amirite? In this event, you and your co-workers will pull a Usain Bolt and test your speed to the finish line by making a 100-meter dash to your break room to fix a cup of coffee and run over to the boss’s desk to drop it off — all while trying not to spill the hot coffee all over yourself.

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The ID Card Toss

We’re bringing the simple fun of a good ol’ game of Cornhole to the office. Take aim at your competitors — and the target — and use your building IDs as the beanbags. This is one game that never gets old.

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Office Archery

Summer Office Games just wouldn’t be the same without a friendly game of archery. All you need for this contest is a set of sturdy rubber bands that will serve as arrows and a board or screen to use as the target. You can set the rules amongst yourselves — but no cheating!

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The Corporate Climb

In this event, instead of climbing up the corporate ladder, you and your co-workers will channel your inner Michael Phelps for speed and stamina and arrange for a race up a flight of stairs in your office building. Not only will you be better prepared for a fire drill in the future, but you will also have the sweet taste of victory when you beat your co-workers to the top. If you don’t win, you’ll just be out of luck and out of breath.

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The Desk Chair Sprint

Think of this as an obstacle course for teams of two to race. One member of each team will push his or her teammate through the course on a rolling desk chair. (If you’re lucky, you’ve probably already had some practice in this area from a slow day at the office.) No Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan rivalries here — just some friendly competition!

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The Summer Games 2016 Awards Ceremony

Finally, the winners and runners-up can be crowned and awarded “medals” in a lunchtime awards ceremony. Even better, try to get lunch expensed as a thank you to everyone who participated!



Host your own Summer Games in your office! Share your #OfficeOlympics pics with us on Instagram for your chance to win fun swag and prizes! Be sure to use the hashtag #OfficeOlympics and tag @CareerBuilder in your photos to be eligible to win. Please read the terms and conditions here.

3 Things the Best Staffing Firms Do Differently

March 8th, 2016 Comments off
3 Things the Best Staffing Firms Do Differently

Hollywood’s awards season may have officially come to an end, but awards in the staffing industry are heating up with Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing Awards, sponsored by CareerBuilder.

After looking at the data and comments from real-life clients, Inavero compiled a list of the top three things that make Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing Award winners stand out from the crowd.

1. Winners save their clients’ time and act quickly.

Reliability and timeliness is of the utmost importance for staffing clients. They need to be confident that they can count on you to deliver what they need when they need it — even if it’s a tight turnaround. Then they will gain your trust and turn to you for their staffing needs.

Our staffing firm found candidates for our position within 24 hours and kept me in the loop throughout the process. My e-mails and phone calls were always taken or responded to very quickly. They also did a great job of checking in with me to make sure the candidate was meeting our needs.


They met our needs quickly and provided a perfect candidate without overloading me with candidates to interview.


I rely on them because I know they can meet my needs and do it quickly.

2. Winners hire proactive, engaged and empathetic recruiters.

It’s not enough to have just any recruiter work with clients — you need to hire recruiters who not only get the job done efficiently, but who also act as a client’s trusted partner. You should be confident that everything they do and every decision they make is in the client’s best interest and in alignment with the client’s goals.

Their recruiter and sales rep worked very closely with me, and I felt like the recruiter was a member of my own team, not someone working with an outside agency. He made me feel like my open positions were a priority.


They were proactive in meeting with me when we had an opening that they could help us fill, and they shared salary info for the industry with us. They were very eager to please, and I am confident their candidates would have been a good fit for us.

3. Winners ignite rapid referrals.

Would your clients be ready and willing to refer your firm to others who are looking for help? Just as restaurants and hair salons rely on customers to promote their business, staffing firms rely on clients. Clients have the power to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to any recruiting firm they have worked with, so pay attention to what they’re saying about your firm —  it will affect not only your reputation, but also your future business.

When I have a good experience with a recruiting firm, I have no problem recommending them to someone who asks me for a referral.


If a friend or colleague was looking for a job, I would be very willing to give them names of recruiters I felt were better than others.

Learn more about the latest staffing trends and how they affect you! Download CareerBuilder’s Q1 2016 Staffing & Recruiting Guidebook for exclusive industry research and expert recommendations for overcoming your biggest staffing challenges.