49% of Workers Resolve to Save More

January 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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For many, the start of a new year is an opportunity to reassess our lives and make plans to improve. And while some workers are resolving to find a new job in 2017, that’s not the only popular job-related New Years resolution this year.

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 49 percent of workers say they’re planning to save more money in the coming year, 38 percent hope to reduce their stress, and 30 percent have their eyes set on a raise or promotion.


What does this mean for you?

Twenty-two percent of workers say they’re planning on finding a new job in 2017. For employers hoping to improve retention over the coming year, understanding why workers stay or leave is crucial.

While there are plenty of surface-level changes that employers can make to entice workers to stay, the most effective is often simply to help their employees meet their personal goals. Provide classes or other resources to help workers manage their personal finances. Create perks or policies aimed at reducing stress among employees. Sit down with employees to talk about their career path and ambitions. Job satisfaction is often linked to feeling valued – helping them achieve their goals is a great way to show them you care.

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Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017?

December 27th, 2016 Comments off
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Now may not be the time to get too attached to workers. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than 1 in 5 workers (22 percent) are planning to change jobs in 2017. Among younger workers, the numbers are even higher. More than a third of workers ages 18 to 34 (35 percent) expect to change jobs in the next year.

Employee retention is critical to the long-term health and success of your business. So what can you do to make workers stay?

When asked what extra perks would make them more willing to join or stay with a company, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 40 percent
  • On-site fitness center: 27 percent
  • The ability to wear jeans: 23 percent
  • Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
  • Employee’s own office: 22 percent

While you may not be able to offer everything on the above list, below are a few strategies you can use to retain your talent in 2017 and beyond:

Provide a competitive benefits package. You’re competing for clients and for employees. Flex schedules, health insurance and specialty insurance (such as disability and life) make a difference when it comes to attracting and keeping employees.

Create an open and honest work environment. Give feedback on work performed and be willing to listen, really listen, to the concerns of your employees.

Get employees’ input: If you want to keep your best and brightest people, involve them in the decision-making process. Not only will it serve to provide different perspectives that can lead to smarter decisions, it will also boost morale,

Provide productivity tools: Ensuring your employees have access to the tools and information they need helps ensure they can do their job more productively.

Recognize and reward good work: Monetary bonuses are always nice, but recognition of a job well done goes a long way to creating good will and loyalty. The most powerful recognition is specific. For example, “good job” is acceptable, but “good job on the rebrand project” is much better.


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9-to-5 Workday is Extinct, According to Most Workers

July 21st, 2016 Comments off
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Most of us still think of a full-time employee as someone who works Monday through Friday for eight hours a day. However, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, this definition may be outdated.

According to the survey, nearly 3 in 5 workers (59 percent) are of the opinion that the traditional 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past – and not because of flexible schedule perks. Nearly half (45 percent) of workers say they work on work-related assignments during their off hours, and 49 percent say they check or answer emails after they leave the office for the night.


Who’s Putting in Extra Work?

Despite a very similar percentage across genders believing that the typical 9-to-5 workday is an antique (58 percent of men; 60 percent of women), men remain more likely to complete work-related tasks outside of business hours.

Forty-nine percent of men say they work outside of office hours, versus only 42 percent of women. Men are also more likely to remain tied to the office when they leave – 54 percent say they answer emails outside of office hours, as opposed to 43 percent of women.


Next Generation of Workers

In terms of age groups, older workers are more of the opinion that the traditional 8-hour day has had its day. Sixty-five percent of workers ages 45-54 and 61 percent of workers ages 55 and up agreed that the 9-to-5 day is a thing of the past, compared to only 42 percent of workers ages 18 to 24.

Still, workers 55 and older are also more likely to put thoughts of work aside at the end of the day, with 60 percent saying they don’t keep working after closing time, and 54 percent saying they don’t check their work emails after office hours.

This is compared to only 52 percent of workers in the 18 to 24 age group who say they don’t keep working after business hours. Even fewer (41 percent) say they do not check or answer work emails outside the office.


Technology’s Influence

Much of this increase in overlap of work into personal time can be explained by today’s “always-connected” culture.

“While smartphones and other technology allow us to remain connected to the office outside of normal business hours, it may not always be a good thing, as workers are having trouble disconnecting from their jobs,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Not surprisingly, younger workers ‘attached to their mobile devices’ are more likely to work and check emails past business hours, while older workers feel less pressure to check-in after they have put in a full day of work.”


For more on the death of the 9-to-5 workday, check out the full report.

What Are Workers Wasting Time On? Top 10 Productivity Killers

June 9th, 2016 Comments off
What Are Workers Wasting Time On? Top 10 Productivity Killers

From texting to noisy co-workers, there are a seemingly unlimited number of distractions in the workplace today. In fact, 3 in 4 employers in the U.S. say two or more hours a day are lost in productivity because employees are distracted.

According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder:

While we need to be connected to devices for work, we’re also a click away from alluring distractions from our personal lives like social media and various other apps. The connectivity conundrum isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it needs to be managed. Have an open dialogue with employees about tech distractions. Acknowledge their existence and discuss challenges/solutions to keeping productivity up.

Take a look at some of the biggest culprits in this handy infographic.

Productivity Killers

More than 3 in 4 employers (76 percent) have taken active measures to reduce productivity killers in the office — from blocking some internet sites (32 percent) to banning the use of cell phones (26 percent) to putting a limit on the number of meetings (17 percent).

Tweet at @CBforEmployers: What do YOU think are the biggest productivity killers in the office? Do you take any steps to mitigate such distractions?

Workers Reveal the Most Unusual Boss Requests in New Survey

May 26th, 2016 Comments off
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If ever you find yourself doubting your competence as a manager and need a pick me up, just say to yourself, “At least I’ve never asked an employee to shave my back,” which isn’t something everyone in the world can say, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

More than 3,000 full-time workers participated in the survey, wherein they were asked to name the most unusual request they’ve ever gotten from a boss. Answers included:

  • Boss asked employee NOT to help his ex-wife move
  • Boss asked employee to take her grandmother to the doctor
  • Boss asked employee to feed the birds in his backyard
  • Boss asked employee to get a dead raccoon out of his truck
  • Boss asked employee to breakup with his girlfriend for him
  • Boss asked employee to taste a dog treat
  • Boss asked employee to take his cell phone to get serviced after he dropped it in the toilet
  • Boss asked employee to help organize her high school reunion
  • Boss asked employee to help cut her out of her pants
  • Boss asked employee to shave his back

While these are (hopefully) the most extreme examples of unusual work requests, more than 1 in 5 workers (21 percent) have had a boss ask them to do things unrelated to their jobs.

Bosses behaving badly – or are they?
Despite these findings, the majority of bosses aren’t terrible. In fact, if they had to give them a letter grade, 62 percent of employees would give their bosses an “A” or “B” for performance.

Only 10 percent would give their bosses a “D,” and a mere 6 percent would fail them.

But while most workers think highly of their current bosses, plenty have had less-than-positive experiences with supervisors in the past: According to the survey, 38 percent of workers have left a job because of a boss.

West is best when it comes to bosses
One of the more interesting findings of the survey is that 32 percent of employees in the West give their bosses an “A” – a full 9 percentage points higher than those who said the same in the Northeast.

There seems to be a correlation between the grades bosses get and the amount of hands-on supervision they provide: 31 percent of workers in the West say they interact with their boss only once per week or less. This is 4 percentage points higher than the South (27 percent) and 7 percentage points higher than the Midwest and Northeast (24 percent).

But fewer interactions don’t necessarily mean less support. Employees in the West feel their bosses provide better guidance and feedback – 69 percent in the West compared to 59 percent in the Northeast.

These workers are also less critical of their managers: 33 percent of employees in the Northeast believe their boss should not be in a leadership role; however, only 23 percent of workers in the West feel this way.

When asked to comment on the findings, Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, had this to say:

“We are starting to see a slight shift of favor towards management styles that are seen as a little more hands-off, which employees view as trust from their bosses. Everyone craves respect, and it seems like bosses in certain regions have figured out the perfect balance to keep subordinates happy.”

Do these findings surprise you? What grade would your employees would give you?

81% of Job Seekers Want Job Poster’s Contact Info Before Applying

May 16th, 2016 Comments off
81% of Job Seekers Want Job Poster’s Contact Info Before Applying

CareerBuilder’s recently-released 2016 Candidate Behavior Study confirms the fact that job seekers increasingly want a steady stream of communication — starting at the very beginning of the application/hiring process.

According to the study, 81 percent would like the contact information of the person who posted the job before applying, while 72 percent said they want to talk to a recruiter or hiring manager.

What Does This Mean For You?

You are competing with other companies for the attention and interest of the top candidates you’re trying to attract. For starters, that means saying goodbye to the dreaded black hole that job seekers experience when they apply and increasing the level of communication during the hiring process starting from the very beginning.

Hiring is a two-way street — and job seekers want to be able to ask questions, too. Allow them to communicate with you during the hiring process so you can both better assess whether they are a good match for your open position(s).

For more insights, download CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study here. And join the conversation on Twitter: #TalentFactor.

7 Candidate Behavior Memes That Are Too Real

May 13th, 2016 Comments off
CareerBuilder Candidate Behavior Memes

There are some things you simply can’t predict — such as how the season finale of “Scandal” will go down or what Kanye West will say when he goes up on stage to interrupt accept an award. But lucky for you, candidate behavior doesn’t need to be one of them.

CareerBuilder surveyed 4,505 U.S. job seekers and 505 Canadian job seekers, as well as 1,505 hiring managers and recruiters, about virtually every aspect of the recruitment process — and we found out a LOT of interesting information that we compiled in CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior study.

Here, in random order, are some key findings.

Hiring managers and recruiters use an average of 15 resources to find the right candidate. However, what you may not have realized is that today’s “consumer candidates” are savvy and do their homework before applying.

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The one area employers may be lacking in, however, is testing their own process to pinpoint frustrations and make necessary changes. Only 31 percent of employers claim to have tried applying to one of their company’s open jobs to see what the process is like.

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Fifty-five percent of job seekers say it’s also difficult to understand what it would be like to work at a particular organization prior to interviewing with them.

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The willingness of job seekers to endure a lengthy application process decreases the longer it goes on. However, nearly 1 out of 10 job seekers say a company completely drops out of consideration if they can’t apply via a mobile device.

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Can you guess what employers’ biggest frustration is? Nearly 2 in 5 (39 percent) say it’s candidates who apply for positions they’re not qualified for.

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In fact, 70 percent of employers feel it would be helpful if candidates could directly contact them with questions about their postings to assess whether or not they are they right fit before applying.

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Want to know what a job seeker’s biggest frustration is? Nearly half (45 percent) say it’s when employers don’t respond to them. In fact, job seekers say 4 out of 10 (38 percent) of their applications never receive a response or any type of communication. So if you want to stay a step ahead of your competition, do yourself a favor and avoid that dreaded black hole.

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Get more tips on how to impress attract top candidates — and keep them engaged during the hiring process: See more findings from CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study.


Hiring Forecast for New Graduates Highest in Nearly a Decade

April 21st, 2016 Comments off
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Graduation season is upon us, and while Ryan Seacrest and James Franco are imparting wisdom on America’s future, employers nationwide are preparing to welcome a new generation of workers to their organizations.

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 67 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 65 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. More than a third (37 percent) will offer higher pay than last year, and 28 percent will pay $50,000 or more.

Are New Grads Ready for the Workforce?
At the same time, employers are expressing doubt over whether new grads are ready for the workforce. According to the survey, 24 percent of employers don’t feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations.

When asked where academic institutions fall short, these employers cited the following concerns:

  • Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real-world learning: 47 percent
  • I need workers with a blend of technical skills and those skills gained from liberal arts: 39 percent
  • Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 25 percent
  • Not enough focus on internships: 13 percent
  • Technology is changing too quickly for an academic environment to keep up: 13 percent
  • Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 11 percent

New grads’ soft skills – or lack thereof – pose the most concern for employers. When asked to name which skills they think recent college graduates lack for the workplace, most of these employers cited interpersonal or people skills (52 percent) or problem-solving skills (48 percent). Other skills included:

  • Leadership: 42 percent
  • Teamwork: 39 percent
  • Written communication: 37 percent
  • Oral communication: 37 percent
  • Creative thinking: 35 percent

Salary Expectations for Recent Grads
Perhaps in hopes to attract the best and brightest, more than a third of employers who plan to hire recent college graduates this year (37 percent) will offer higher starting salaries than they did last year.

Expected starting salaries for recent graduates break down as follows:

  •         Under $30,000: 25 percent
  •         $30,000 to less than $40,000: 28 percent
  •         $40,000 to less than $50,000: 20 percent
  •         $50,000 and higher: 27 percent

Not only are they being more generous with their salary offers, they are also being more flexible: The majority of employers (67 percent) say they are willing to negotiate salary offers for recent college graduates.

See more results from CareerBuilder’s College Job Forecast.

How Safe do Workers Feel at the Office?

April 14th, 2016 Comments off
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Most jobs these days don’t require employees to detonate dynamite miles underground or hang off the sides of skyscrapers, but that doesn’t mean the typical worker doesn’t face the occasional dangerous situation or potential threat. From weather-related damage and natural disasters to technology breaches, there are all sorts of threats out there, and a new study from CareerBuilder looks at how prepared workers feel they are to deal with such workplace disasters.


The verdict? In short, the vast majority of workers (93 percent) feel their office is a secure place to work. But drilling a little deeper reveals some cracks forming in that confidence.


For example, fewer than half of employees (37 percent) say they have a security guard at their workplace, and 1 in 5 (22 percent) are unsure how they would protect themselves in the case of an emergency in their office that posed a physical threat. A closer look at more specific threats reveals even more employee trepidation.


Human threats

Of all the potential dangers out there, threats posed by other people are often the most troubling. Indeed, 31 percent of workers say they do not feel their workplace is well-protected from physical threats from another person and 41 percent do not think their companies have an emergency plan in place for such an event.


And it’s not just physical threats workers are concerned about. Digital hacking threats loomed just as large among workers, with 31 percent saying they don’t think their workplace is well-protected from such attacks. Similarly, 39 percent say they don’t think their employer has a plan, should a cyberattack occur.


Nonhuman threats

Humans may be the most concerning threats in employees’ minds, but they’re not the only potential dangers out there. The survey revealed that 17 percent of workers don’t believe their workplaces are well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other natural disaster, and nearly a quarter (22 percent) don’t think there is an emergency plan in place.


As for weather-related threats, 19 percent don’t feel their workplaces are well-protected and 26 percent don’t think their companies have an emergency plan in place if they were ever faced with extremely severe weather.


Communication is key

An emergency plan serves two key functions – to provide employees with a sense of security so they know they are working in a safe environment, and to actually keep employees safe in the event of an emergency. No plan – no matter how comprehensive – can succeed in these functions if it is poorly communicated.


“As an employer, you have an obligation to protect your employees by every means possible, and having an emergency plan in place to deal with unforeseen events is part of that,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “However, an emergency plan is only as good how well it is communicated. It is crucial that employees not only know about this plan, but have easy access to it and participate in regular drills so they know how to protect themselves and others.”



Who’s Catching March Madness in Your Office?

March 17th, 2016 Comments off
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March Madness has officially tipped off, and like the millions of sports fans poring over data to attempt to identify likely winners, a new CareerBuilder survey has dug into its own data to identify the workers mostly likely to participate in a March Madness office pool.

According to the survey, executives, directors and managers are far more likely to participate in office pools than professional staff and technical employees – at 27 percent vs. 19 percent.

Higher-earning employees are also more likely to take part in an office pool. Thirty-five percent of employees making $75,000 or more annually have participated in a March Madness tournament office pool, compared to just 17 percent of those making less than $75,000.

Office pools are also more popular in certain industries, most notably financial services and sales.

  • Financial services: 35 percent
  • Sales: 33 percent
  • IT: 26 percent
  • Transportation: 26 percent
  • Manufacturing: 23 percent
  • Leisure and hospitality: 18 percent
  • Health care: 15 percent
  • Retail: 15 percent


Still, March Madness office pools are less common this year than in previous years – while 20 percent of U.S workers said they’ve participated in an NCAA Tournament office pool in the past, only 12 percent said they plan to participate in one this year, down from 15 percent in 2015.


When it comes to your recruitment strategy versus your March Madness bracket, which one wins the battle for your time? Tim Sackett breaks it down.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

March 10th, 2016 Comments off
10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

Losing sleep isn’t out of the ordinary for workers in the U.S. Nearly 3 in 5 (58 percent) of them say they are not getting the sleep they need, while more than 3 in 5 (61 percent) can see the toll sleep deprivation takes on their performance in the workplace, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Very few (16 percent) actually get the recommended dose of 8 hours. Most workers (63 percent), however, have to settle for an average of six or seven hours of sleep a night.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

And then there are those robots unfortunate souls (21 percent) who average just five hours (or less) of sleep on weeknights.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

So what keeps them up at night — literally? Nearly half of workers (44 percent) say they can’t fall asleep because they’re thinking about work.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

2 in 5 workers (43 percent) have caught someone catching up on some zzz’s at work.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

When Sleeping is the Enemy…

More than 3 in 5 workers (61 percent) say lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work. How? Nearly 1 in 3, for instance, say it makes the day seem a lot longer.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

Nearly 1 in 4 say it makes them less productive.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

17 percent say it affects their memory.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

More than 1 in 4 (27 percent) say it makes them less motivated.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

13 percent say it makes them make mistakes.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

13 percent say it makes them more irritable with their co-workers.

10 Things That Happen When Workers Are Sleep Deprived

Tell us in the comments below or tweet at @CBforEmployers: How many hours of sleep do you get on average on weeknights? Does a lack of sleep make you less productive?

The Real Story of Gender and the Workplace

February 25th, 2016 Comments off

Women don’t get a fair shake in most offices. It’s something many people agree with, but sometimes you need the data to back it up.


Well, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than half of workers (55 percent) do not believe men and women are paid equally for the same job, and a similar proportion (51 percent) do not feel men and women are given the same career advancement opportunities.


Men and women tend to see the issue a little differently from one another, however. According to the survey, only 35 percent of women believe there is equal pay between the genders, compared with 56 percent of men. Similarly, 39 percent of women say there are equal opportunities for advancement, and 60 percent of men agree with them.


Salary Comparison

While the above may be seen as opinion, the hard facts suggest major inequality. Men were nearly three times as likely to report earning six figures and nearly twice as likely to earn $50,000 or more. On the other end of the spectrum, women were twice as likely to report earning less than $35,000.


Earn less than $35,000

  • Men – 23 percent
  • Women – 47 percent


Earn $50,000 or more

  • Men – 49 percent
  • Women – 25 percent


Earn $100,000 or more

  • Men – 14 percent
  • Women – 5 percent



“While we continue to make strides in gender equality in the workplace, there’s more work to be done,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “It is critical that employers strive to equal the playing field for all employees, regardless of their gender and understand that not every employee fits the same mold or career path.”


Upward movement

Women have made significant gains in leadership roles in recent years, but they are still are less likely than men to say they want their boss’ jobs (19 percent of women versus 27 percent of men). Two thirds of women (65 percent) said they don’t aspire to be in a leadership position, compared to 58 percent of men.


The best measure for equality may not be the number of women and men in executive roles, but the opportunities to advance and overall job satisfaction. And at least on that front there are some good signs.


When it comes to overall job satisfaction, 64 percent of women say they’re satisfied or very satisfied, and nearly the same proportion of men (63 percent) say the same.


What keeps them satisfied in their jobs? Some key elements, regardless of gender, include:

  • Liking the people they work with (73 percent of women and 64 percent of men)
  • Having a good work/life balance (both 59 percent)
  • Liking their boss (53 percent of women and 47 percent of men)
  • Benefits (42 percent of women and 48 percent of men)


To learn more or see more findings from the survey, go here.

The Daily Grindr: Just How Common is Romance in the Workplace?

February 11th, 2016 Comments off
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If there’s anything TV shows like “Cheers,” “Mad Men” and “The Office” have taught us, it’s that nothing adds excitement to the workplace like a little romantic interlude. Perhaps that’s why so many workers have tried the same thing in real life.

A new study shows that life truly does imitate art when it comes to romance in the workplace. Nearly 2 in 5 workers (37 percent) have dated a co-worker, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey. Of those relationships, 1 in 3 have led to marriage – much like “The Office”’s Jim and Pam.

Life’s imitation of art doesn’t end there, either. In a move reminiscent of Don and Megan from “Mad Men,” 23 percent of workers who have had an office romance dated someone in a higher position than them, with women more likely than men to have done so. And much like another romance between Sterling Cooper’s Roger and Joan, 17 percent of office affairs involved at least one person who was married at the time.

Much like scripted relationships, many real-life romances come to tragic ends. Five percent of workers who have had an office romance had to leave their job after a relationship took a nosedive.

Keeping Their Love Locked Down
Adding to the drama of rendezvousing at the office, 33 percent had to keep their relationship a secret from their co-workers – though not always successfully. More than one 1 in 4 workers who have had an office romance have run into co-workers while out with their office sweetheart, and 17 percent owned up to it.

Happily Ever After Hours
Among those who have had an office romance, more than 1 in 10 say their trysts began late night on the job (12 percent). The next most popular place for romance to blossom were after-work happy hours, followed by chance meetings outside of work, and over lunch. Nine percent of workers who have had an office romance claim they fell for their workplace loves at first sight.

Nothing to See Here, Folks
Then, of course, there are the Hollywood-worthy workplace relationships hold a closer resemblance to that of Liz and Jack from “30 Rock” or Mulder and Scully from “The X-Files”: Nearly 1 in 10 (8 percent) employees say they have a platonic “office spouse.”

Workplace Romances and HR: It’s Complicated
While office romances can be a slippery slope, only a minority of workers in office relationships have felt the need to keep their coupledom a secret, which may be a sign that most companies are tolerant of workplace romances – assuming employees are able to maintain professionalism. Still, many employers have employees sign “love contracts” to protect their organizations against sexual harassment claims or other legal action should relationships go south. If you fear negative results from workers mixing business with pleasure at your own organization, you may want to consider creating a similar document or making sure you have a policy in place to handle these situations.

Taking a Pulse on Q1’s Biggest Recruitment Trends

February 4th, 2016 Comments off
CareerBuilder Enterprise Pulse Survey

CareerBuilder recently surveyed 357 U.S. human resources and talent acquisition professionals to get the pulse on the biggest recruitment trends impacting businesses across the country in 2016. We’ve included some of the key findings below.

The most common reasons a candidate will decline a job offer include:

  • Received another offer (37%).
  • Compensation/benefits not in line with their expectations (37%).
  • Candidate got a counter offer from their current company (13%).


CareerBuilder Enterprise Pulse Survey


When candidates received another offer, why did they end up taking it? Reasons included:

  • The other company’s compensation offer was higher (50%).
  • The other company offered the position first (34%).
  • The selected company was in a better or more convenient location (27%).


CareerBuilder Enterprise Pulse Survey