Clinton vs. Trump: Who’d Be a Better Boss?

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off
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You might have your mind made up on who you’d want leading the country. But working for him or her could be an entirely different story. Recently CareerBuilder asked employees across the U.S. one important question: “If you had to choose, which candidate would you like to be your boss?”

According to survey results, 57 percent of workers say they would prefer to work for the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton – while the remaining 43 percent say they would like businessman Donald Trump as a boss.

Hillary Clinton was firmly preferred by women in the survey with 62 percent saying they would prefer the former Senator as a boss. Men were tighter in their decision between candidates, with an even split between Clinton and Trump.

Broken down by race, 52 percent of workers that identify as Caucasian would like Donald Trump as their boss. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton was the preferred choice among African American (87 percent), Hispanic (79 percent) and Asian (78 percent) professionals.

What makes a good boss? “Managers who interact frequently and communicate directly are more likely to have the support of their employees. The ideal form of that communication will vary from individual to individual, but everyone’s jobs get done better when expectations and roles are clearly defined,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “The best managers understand the triggers for their workers’ success and are able to course correct when productivity drops or conflict arises.”

Should you talk politics at work? While you can’t prevent an employee from expressing his or her beliefs, you can focus on the fact that your workplace may not be the appropriate forum for such conversations. Political chatter that gets too heated can hurt both the employee and the company, so having a policy on these discussions, or a broad anti-harassment policy, is encouraged. There are many ways to approach that policy. Some companies explicitly discourage discussions of flammable political topics such as abortion, others are vaguer because of the risks of free speech in the office. What’s written in the policy is dependent on your culture; what’s important is that it’s communicated to employees.

Also remember that subordinates often look up to managers, so modeling the right behavior is imperative when in a leadership role. As a manager your job is also to be a mentor. Employees should be learning from you. If employees see their managers water cooler chats getting heated, they’ll likely think that behavior is OK.

An important note on this topic is that while speaking about politics with your peers and colleagues may be alright in a more relaxed workplace, if you’re a manager, you should refrain from speaking about politics with subordinates — doing so can put your employees in an uncomfortable position. And, on the other hand, engaging your boss in a political debate could open you up to potential retaliation in the future.

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6 #MondayMotivation Tips to Get You Through the Week

August 29th, 2016 Comments off

Did you wake up this morning in a panicked sweat because you realized the weekend is officially over?

Mondays ain’t easy, but with a little #MondayMotivation, it may just become your favorite workday of the week (after Friday, Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday of course).

Here are 6 pieces of oh so sage #MondayMotivation advice to get you through to the weekend:

  1. As long as you start your day with a strong cup (or several cups) of coffee, you’ll be unstoppable.


  1. Tune into a podcast or listen to music on the way to work to help clear your mind.


  1. Challenge yourself to save money all week by only eating meeting leftovers. (Hold your head up high while you shove your co-workers out of the way for that everything bagel.)


  1. Reimagine that daunting stack of resumes as a juicy novel you just can’t wait to read.


  1. Have a meeting you’re dreading (like, say, that one about recruitment budget)? Just power pose your way through it.


  1. The sooner you accept the fact that Mondays are here to stay, the easier it will be to handle them.
What gives you #MondayMotivation?

1 in 5 Workers Plan to Leave Their Jobs for Younger, Prettier Jobs This Year

December 29th, 2015 Comments off
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Goodbye, 2015. It’s time to start fresh and resolve to do all the things we failed to do over the past year: Lose weight, quit smoking, say the correct name at the end of the Miss Universe pageant, etc.

For many Americans, “Get a new job” is on top of that list of resolutions. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 21 percent of workers plan to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5-point increase since last year. That number almost doubles (39 percent) when looking solely at workers ages 18 to 34 – which is even more significant when you realize only 23 percent said the same last year.

As if it’s not enough of a blow to learn your employees are looking for new jobs behind your back, more than a third of them (34 percent) are doing so while at work.

Why the Urgency?
One of the reasons workers are feeling the lure of another job could be increased confidence in light of a stronger hiring environment. After all, hiring this past quarter was projected to be its most robust since 2006, according to another CareerBuilder survey, with 34 percent of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff between October and December.

The fact that workers are looking for new opportunities doesn’t necessarily mean they are dissatisfied in their jobs, however. According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, they may just be ready for a change or in need of a new challenge.

“It’s critical to keep up with your employees’ needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful,” Haefner said.

Holding On to Top Talent
If you’re worried about retaining workers in the coming year, there’s hope. The survey also offered insight into how employers could improve their employees’ work life and as a result, entice workers to stay. When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, workers cited the following benefits:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38 percent
  • On-site fitness center: 23 percent
  • Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
  • Massages: 18 percent
  • Being allowed to wear jeans: 16 percent

While it may not be possible to offer daily catered lunches or massages on the reg, the lesson here is to listen to your employees. Are you checking in regularly to understand your workers’ wants and needs? Do you have an open door policy that makes it easy for employees to voice their concerns? Are you implementing change where it’s needed? Consider making a resolution to pay more attention to your employees this year. You may be surprised by what you learn. 

What Workers Are Looking For

If, on the other hand, your New Year’s resolution is to attract and hire more workers this year, the survey also asked workers what they want in a new job. While it’s easy to assume it takes a big paycheck to lure top talent, the following factors were considered more important than salary for workers considering a new position.

  • Job stability: 65 percent
  • Affordable benefits: 59 percent
  • Location: 56 percent
  • Good boss: 51 percent
  • Good work culture: 46 percent

Keep these benefits in mind when posting jobs or discussing new opportunities with potential employees.

  • Stress, for instance, your company’s strong culture and what makes it unique.
  • Be sure to highlight your benefits and why employees love working there.
  • If there are opportunities for career advancement and long-term potential, mention that as well.

The hiring environment can be competitive, so it’s important to know your strengths as a company when trying to attract in-demand candidates.

1 in 5 Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving With Colleagues This Year

November 24th, 2015 Comments off
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Thanksgiving is traditionally a day set aside to spend with family, and for more and more Americans, that includes their work family. According to CareerBuilder’s annual Thanksgiving survey, 20 percent of workers say they will celebrate the holiday with co-workers this year – either at or outside of the office – up only slightly from 19 percent of workers who did so last year.

Why? Well perhaps, like Steve Martin in the greatest holiday movie of all time, they miss their flight home for the holiday. Or maybe, like 1 percent of Americans, they actually prefer their co-workers’ company to their family’s (understandable in some cases).

Then there’s the off chance they work for Martha Stewart and can’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy molasses-and-cider glazed turkey with rye-and-black-walnut stuffing, followed by deep-dish dried-apple and cranberry pie atop a festive Thanksgiving doily table runner.

Also a possibility: They’re stuck with them. According to the survey, 22 percent of workers will have to work on Thanksgiving, an increase from both last year and 2013 (16 percent and 14 percent, respectively).

But even though 91 percent of workers would rather spend the day with family, given the choice, 8 percent of workers say they would make like Kelly Taylor picking between Dylan and Brandon and choose neither.

The survey also provided a closer look at the workers planning to celebrate with co-workers, breaking the results down by age groups, industries and geographic regions.

  • While relatively steady across employee age groups, celebrating Thanksgiving with colleagues is most popular among workers ages 25-34 (26 percent say they will), followed by workers ages 35-44 (22 percent of workers say they will).
  • Broken down by industry, more than 1 in 4 health care workers (28 percent) plan to celebrate the holiday together, followed by sales (23 percent). Interestingly, only 13 percent of leisure/hospitality workers say they will see their colleagues on Thanksgiving, down from 24 percent last year. (Perhaps there was some drama there?)
  • Looking at regions of the country, the South sees the highest percentage of workers breaking bread together, with over a quarter (27 percent) of workers planning to spend the holiday together, followed by 18 percent in the West, 16 percent in the Midwest, and 14 percent of workers in the Northeast.


Four Ways to Maintain Employee Morale During the Busy Holiday Season

Even if they do not have to work on Thanksgiving Day itself, the stretch between November and December can be a stressful time for everyone, and it can take a toll on employee morale and productivity. Help your employees get through the holiday season with the following tips.

  • Let them flex. When possible, let employees choose their work hours during the holiday season, trade shifts with other employees or give them the option to take another holiday off if they’re working on Thanksgiving.
  • Make little gestures a big deal. Small, frequent tokens of appreciation – from a $5 Starbucks card to a handwritten thank-you note to coupons for local services – can go a long way toward showing employees that you appreciate their hard work and brighten their day.
  • The fastest way to an employee’s heart. Never underestimate the power of free food to boost moods and lift spirits. According a recent survey by Seamless, 60 percent of employees say having food at the office makes them feel more “valued and appreciated,” and nearly half (46 percent) said food perks would increase their satisfaction with their employer. To boost morale during the busy holiday season, consider treating employees to free lunch or dinner when days get long, providing gift cards to local restaurants or throwing a holiday potluck.
  • Make them say, “Aaaah.” The holidays are undoubtedly a stressful time, and in turn can take a toll on employees’ physical health. Consider inviting a massage therapist or yoga instructor to the office to help employees de-stress and rejuvenate. Or reward them for their hard work with a gift card to a local spa.

Join 1,000+ Talent Acquisition Pros Following Us on LinkedIn

March 24th, 2015 Comments off
Join 1,000+ Talent Acquisition Pros Following Us on LinkedIn

We’re months away from Thanksgiving, but we couldn’t wait to tell you what we’re thankful for this year: CareerBuilder’s LinkedIn page for employers recently garnered more than 1,000 followers, and our community of professionals continues to expand rapidly.

So THANK YOU to the 1,000-plus professionals who get a daily dose of HR and talent acquisition news and trends by following us on LinkedIn!

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If you’re not following us on LinkedIn yet, here are 3 reasons you should right now:

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With all the hand-selected news and exclusive content, you’ll never be out of the loop again.

So take 30 seconds to check us out.

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