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Will unusual gifts be exchanged at Vegas jobs?

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Some employees may be exchanging unusual gifts at Vegas jobs, according to a Careerbuilder survey.

CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey asked workers across the U.S. to share the most unusual gift they have received from a fellow employee during the holiday season.

The national survey was conducted nationally online by Harris Poll from August 11 to September 7, 2016 and included more than 3,300 employees (of which 3,133 are in the private sector) and 2,379 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Twenty-two percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for coworkers, and 21 percent plan to buy a gift for the boss, similar to last year.

Of those who plan to buy gifts for their coworkers or bosses, the majority (73 percent) expect to spend no more than $25 on each gift, 33 percent will cap their spending at $10 and 11 percent will spend $5 or less.

Traditional holiday gifts are still office regulars: ornaments, gift cards, books and candy, but some workers may not know where “the line” is when it comes to holiday gift-giving at work. The following are among the most unusual presents workers received from co-workers:

  • Two left-handed gloves
  • Coconut bra
  • Jar of gravy
  • A fake lottery ticket
  • A real stuffed duck
  • Toilet paper that looked like money
  • Post-it Notes
  • Dish detergent
  • A pen holder that looks like a crime scene victim
  • A comic book of an obscure movie
  • A handmade ornament for a sports team the recipient had never heard of
  • A singing chicken
  • A whip

What can a bad hire for Vegas jobs cost?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A bad hire can cost a lot more than one thinks, especially when it comes to Vegas jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder study.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 75 percent of employers said they have hired the wrong person for a position, and of those who had a bad hire affect their business in the last year, one bad hire costs them nearly $17,000 on average. And while most employers (72 percent) background check every new employee before they are hired, more than 1 in 4 (28 percent) do not.

Among those who had a bad hire, 37 percent said it was because the candidate lied about his/her qualifications. The price of a bad hire like this adds up in a variety of ways. The most common ways employers say a bad hire affected their business in the last year are:

  • Less productivity: 36 percent
  • Compromised quality of work: 33 percent
  • Affected employee morale negatively: 31 percent
  • Lost time to recruit and train another worker: 30 percent
  • Cost to recruit and train another worker: 30 percent
  • Employee’s managers or coworkers had to spend excessive time assisting bad hire: 29 percent

Of those who have had a bad hire affect their business in the last year, the average cost of a bad hire varies by company size:

  • 500 or less employees: $11,000
  • More than 500 employees: $22,000
  • More than 1,000 employees: $24,000

When classifying what makes someone a bad hire, employers reported several behavioral and performance-related issues:

  • The employee didn’t produce the proper quality of work: 58 percent
  • The employee had a negative attitude: 52 percent
  • The employee didn’t work well with other employees: 51 percent
  • The employee’s skills did not match what they claimed to be able to do when hired: 49 percent
  • The employee had immediate attendance problems: 45 percent
  • Customers complained about the employee: 38 percent

A fifth of employers who have made a bad hire (20 percent) say they know within the first week of hiring a candidate whether or not they made a mistake, and more than half (53 percent) know within the first three weeks.