Archive for July, 2014

People with Jacksonville jobs don’t care much for “cool brands”

Monday, July 28th, 2014

People who hold Jacksonville jobs are more interested in personal fulfillment than working for a “cool brand” with an innovative office design.

The results of the current Monster International Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: June 2-16, 2014. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation.

The Monster International poll, a product of Monster, the premier global online employment solution and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace.

Monster asked visitors to their site the question, “Aside from salary, benefits and location, which of the following would most likely attract you to a new job?” and received over 2,400 responses. International findings included:

61% of respondents answered “The opportunity to work in an industry I’m passionate about”
17% of respondents answered “The opportunity to work with people I professionally admire”
13% of respondents answered “A lively/energetic office environment”
6% of respondents answered “The opportunity to work for an aspirational/‘cool’ brand”
3% of respondents answered “An innovative office design”

North American respondents were the most excited by working with people they professionally admire: 21% selected this option, with most other regions averaging around 10%.

Respondents from the United States were particularly disinterested in innovative office design, only 2% selected this option, compared to slightly higher interest from European countries such as France (5%) and the Netherlands (7%).

European respondents also had elevated response rates favoring a lively work environment: 20% of French, Dutch and Italian respondents selected this option while only 11% of respondents from the Americas were concerned with their offices’ energy levels.

“Job seekers are naturally most concerned about salary, benefits and convenience to their home,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster. “But once that’s settled, the intangibles come into play. People are craving ways to bring meaning to their work, and they want to work in an industry they feel passionate about. Employers can take an active role in supporting these positive feelings by helping people see the connection between the work they do and how it benefits others. No fancy office can replace that sense of satisfaction.”

Are workplace rivalries hurting Jacksonville jobs?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

If competition gets too stiff, some say they will leave Jacksonville jobs because of workplace rivalries.

An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that one in five (20%) respondents has left a job due to a rivalry in the workplace. An additional 26% have considered leaving a job because of a problematic workplace rival.

International findings included:

20% of respondents answered “I have left a job because of a workplace rival”
26% of respondents answered “I have considered leaving a job because of a workplace rival”
54% of respondents answered “I’ve never left or considered leaving a job because of a workplace rival”

German respondents have been the most negatively affected by workplace rivalries: 27% have left a job due to one, and 30% have considered doing so –the highest response rate for both options. Despite Germany’s elevated figures, EU respondents are otherwise the least bothered by workplace rivalries: only 18% have left a job due to one (the lowest response rate, internationally) and 57% have never left nor considered leaving a job due to a workplace rival.

Another survey found that only 3% of respondents consider workplace rivalries to be wholly positive, while 47% consider them wholly negative and 50% believe they are both positive and negative. Other key findings of the survey include:

73% of respondents have a workplace rival
40% of respondents rated their workplaces as having the highest levels of rivalry (being highly competitive work environments)
Causes of workplace rivalry included: Co-Workers (49%); Boss/ Supervisor (44%); and Senior Management (31%)
Workplace rivalry reduced job performance for majority of workers – 55% claim it created undue stress/ reduced productivity; 20% claimed very negative impacts including getting into trouble with management and job loss. Only 6% claimed it inspired them to do some of their best work
Popular methods of handling workplace competition include: working hard and focusing on your goals (53%), communicating with your manager (37%), and learning new skills to outshine your competition (33%)

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville on a steady climb

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville may be climbing, according to a new employment report from ADP.

Employment increased by 281,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report.

Manufacturing added 12,000 jobs in June, up slightly from last month.

Service-providing employment rose by 230,000 jobs in June, up from 148,000 in May. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed 77,000 jobs in June, up from 46,000 in May. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 50,000, up from May’s 36,000. The 11,000 new jobs added in financial activities was about double last month’s number.

“The June jobs number is a welcome boost,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “The number of construction jobs added was particularly encouraging, representing the highest total in that industry since February of 2006.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market is steadily improving. Job gains are broad based across all industries and company sizes. Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 117,000 jobs in June. That’s up from 82,000 in May and represents the highest number since February 2012. Job growth rebounded over the month for medium-sized and large firms.

Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 115,000, up from 62,000 in May. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 49,000, up from 36,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 16,000 jobs after shedding 3,000 in May.

The construction industry added 36,000 jobs over the month, more than double the May number.