Archive for October, 2015

Are employees calling in sick for Jacksonville jobs?

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Some employees may be coming up with some funny excuses to call in sick for Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 38 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they’re feeling well in the past year, up from 28 percent last year. But some employees take their excuses to the next level: From claiming their grandmother poisoned them, to saying they have to spend the day dumpster diving, employers named the most absurd excuses employees have given for calling in sick.

More than half of employees (54 percent) say they have gone into work when sick because they felt the work wouldn’t get done otherwise. Further, nearly half (48 percent) say they can’t afford to miss a day of pay, up from 38 percent last year, and this varies greatly by age:

Age 18-24: 71 percent
Age 25-34: 63 percent
Age 35-44: 44 percent
Age 45-54: 40 percent
Age 55+: 32 percent

When asked to share the most memorable excuses for workplace absences they’ve heard, employers reported the following real-life examples:

Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.
Employee was stuck under the bed.
Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.
Employee’s wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.
Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.
Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.
Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn’t turn out well.
Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.
Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.

Holiday hiring for Jacksonville jobs

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Holiday hiring may be flat for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations, according to a report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

In its annual retail holiday hiring outlook, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. expects seasonal employment gains to be about the same as a year ago, when retailers added 755,000 to their payrolls from October through December.

“Once again, most analysts are anticipating healthy holiday sales this year. However, there are several factors that may prevent these strong sales expectations from translating into increased hiring. For one, we have seen increased hiring earlier in the year, which may preclude the need for a lot of extra hiring as the holidays approach,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“In addition to steady hiring leading up to the holiday season, changes in the way consumers shop are making it possible for stores to meet increased holiday demand with fewer extra workers. When retailers do add holiday workers, fewer of those jobs are in traditional spots, such as sales clerk or cashier. We are also seeing more jobs holiday jobs added outside of the retail sector,” said Challenger.

“Job seekers hoping to take advantage of seasonal hiring should be prepared to look beyond the traditional retail store fronts. Some of the best opportunities could be in the backroom, handling incoming and outgoing shipments. Job seekers should also look for positions at warehouses and shipping facilities associated with retailers and/or transportation companies.

“There are also many seasonal job opportunities that are unrelated to holiday shopping. Restaurants, caterers, movie theaters, and other entertainment and leisure venues tend to see increased business during the holidays. These establishments are also need extra help to handle that increase,” Challenger advised.

Employers cutting Jacksonville jobs?

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Employers may be cutting Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent article from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

The third quarter ended with a surge in job cuts, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to shed 58,877 in September, a 43 percent increase from the previous month, according to a report released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The September total was third largest of the year behind July (105,696) and April (61,582). It was 93 percent higher than the 30,477 planned layoffs announced the same month a year ago.

In all, 205,759 job cuts were announced in the third quarter, making it the largest job-cut quarter since the third quarter of 2009, when planned layoffs totaled 240,233.

“While oil cuts have slowed, the issues that helped drive oil prices down in the first place are still impacting the economy. We continued to see the ripple effect of low demand last month when heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar announced plans to reduce its workforce over the next year- and-a-half,” said Challenger.

“We could see more fallout, which appears to have its origins in China, which after years of building up its national infrastructure appears to now have far too much capacity. As a result, manufacturing plants, retail stores and even entire apartment building are sitting empty.

“Fortunately, the American economy continues to improve, which should blunt the impact of the Chinese slowdown. Even with a strong US economy, the situation in China will not go unnoticed,” said Challenger.