Thursday, July 26, 2007

Tattoos - How Much Do They Hurt Applicants?

Some results from a survey of 468 employees conducted by Vault:

  • 85% say tattoos and piercings hurt their job prospects
  • 64% report they cause a negative effect on the opinions of co-workers and employers
  • 49% said their company had no policy on piercings and tattoos
  • most employees conceal their tattoos at work

"Regardless of who the real person may be, stereotypes associated with piercings and tattoos can and do affect others," one respondent said. "In general, individuals with tattoos and body piercings are often viewed as 'rougher' or 'less educated.'"

Read the article at HR.BLR.com.

Tattoos - How Much Do They Hurt Applicants?

Some results from a survey of 468 employees conducted by Vault: * 85% say tattoos and piercings hurt their job prospects * 64% report they cause a negative effect on the opinions of co-workers and employers * 49% said their company had no policy on piercings and tattoos * most employees conceal their tattoos at work "Regardless of who the real person may be, stereotypes associated with piercings and tattoos can and do affect others," one respondent said. "In general, individuals with tattoos and body piercings are often viewed as 'rougher' or 'less educated.'" Read the article at HR.BLR.com.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tips, Resources for Dealing with Addiction in Workplace

About a week ago Bill posted an article stating that food service workers were a part of the group that had the highest rate of drug abuse across industries. We know that many of the employers who advertise job opportunities on CoolWorks.com have many food service positions and we hope that this is not a large problem for you. However, if you have experienced addiction within your workforce, please check out this article from SHRM by Kathy Gurchiek about The Hazelton Foundation tips on dealing with addiction in the workplace. http://www.shrm.org/hrnews_published/articles/CMS_022376.asp#P-8_0

Monday, July 16, 2007

Food Service Work Among Jobs with Highest Rate of Drug Abuse

"Food service workers and construction workers have the highest prevalence of illicit drug use, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)." In fact food preparation and serving came out on top. Read the article at HR.BLR.com.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Why Summer Jobs are Tougher to Fill

In a June 6 Wall Street Journal Article, June Kronholz weighs in on why summer jobs are getting tougher to fill and the trends with foreign workers. "...the story of how the U.S. came to rely so heavily on foreigners ... says a lot about the changing nature of the U.S. labor force." The seasonal employment world is changing. What's it going to take to stay on our game? Read the article here.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Poster Requirements for New Minimum Wage

Effective July 24, 2007, the Department of Labor will require that any employer subject to the minimum wage provisions of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must post and have posted a labor law poster reflecting the new federal minimum wage of $5.85 per hour. For more information, please visit the the Department of Labor's website. Also, you can purchase labor law posters through many different vendors like HR.BLR.com, J.J. Keller, or others.