Two days of free job-search advice for unemployed workers starts Tuesday.
Global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will hold its 26th annual national job-search call-in Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 27 and 28) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on both days.
The phone number is 312-422-5010.
Job creation has shown some improvement in recent months, but millions of Americans are still out of work. Challenger will suspend normal operations for the next two days and make its counselors available to provide free job-search advice to callers.
Click here for more info on the Challenger’s call-in.
In response the Memphis-based company has unleased its PR machine in an effort to soften the blow
The company has posted an apology in a prominent spot on its website, Senior VP Matthew Thornton has a written and video apology on his blog, and the company has responded to numerous media requests for interviews.
The company is doing the right thing by responding quickly, but erasing the unfavorable video image from the public’s mind won’t be easy. One version of the YouTube video of the computer toss had been viewed nearly 758,000 times in less than two days. A Yahoo search of “FedEx delivery over fence” yielded 874,000 results.
Used to be that year-end bonuses were pretty much a lock for most workers. Not any more. Corporate America has moved away from bonuses in recent years and 2011 will be no different.
In a recent survey by the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 43 percent of HR executives said their companies do not hand out bonuses. That’s a big jump from 2007 when only 28 percent of companies did not give holiday bonuses.
Of the companies that do award year-end bonuses, half give non-monetary gifts or a monetary award of less than $100, the survey found.
Looks like Scripps Networks Interactive is ready to make another international push. Earlier this week the Knoxville-based lifestyle media company shuffled the leadership of its international group.
Jim Samples was named president-international. In this post he will have strategic oversight of the company’s “growing international programming portfolio,” SNI said in a news release. Samples previously was president of HGTV, one of SNI’s top brands. He succeeds Greg Moyer.
Also, Bob Baskerville was named chief operating officer-international. Baskerville will oversee all day-to-day operations of SNI’s international businesses. He previously was general manager.
After decades of complaints, consumers will finally get some relief from obnoxiously loud TV commercials.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday established new regulations designed to prevent commercials from making your ears bleed. The new rules don’t take effect for a year, but it’s good to know relief is on the way.
Government regulation is often critized as being too intrusive, but I suspect these rules will be widely praised by politicians and consumers.
In the spirit of the season, here’s a suggestion for every CEO in the land from Forbes.com contributor Geoff Loftus — be more like Santa Claus.
“Think about it for a minute: Has any CEO ever delivered better for longer than Santa? Had a more satisfied customer base? Had a more motivated workforce? Had a more famous, iconic world headquarters? Been more synonymous with his brand?,” Loftus writes.
Would your business be better off if you were more like Santa? Would your shareholders be happier?
Here’s an interesting take from Bloomberg on how Internet shoppers have given a boost to the rail freight business.
And that includes companies like FedExs and UPS, which are using railroads to ship goods long distances before putting them on trucks.
“Railroad intermodal units, the containers and trailers often used for retail goods that can move by rail, road and sea, rose 4.7 percent in the week ended Dec. 3, the Association of American Railroads said today. That growth rate may increase in coming weeks as shippers such as FedEx Corp. (FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) use railroads for delivery of online purchases,” Bloomberg reported.