IN THIS ISSUE:
Gratitude makes a
The Top 7
Ways to make layoffs
easier on employees
News In Brief
CompTIA, Konica Minolta, Xerox, Ricoh, and Lexmark
- Our readers respond to last month's poll.
Do you feel grateful
to be employed?
Featured Job Listings
With the unemployment rate
nearing 9%, gratitude makes a comeback.
In a recent Copier Careers® poll, over 80% of respondents said that their
employers had eliminated health and dental benefits and perks like 401(k)
match programs, company cars, cell phones, client lunches, business travel,
and paid lunch breaks. Although some respondents were angered by the cuts, a
more common sentiment was gratitude.
“Here is the deal,” wrote one reader. “Our owner cancelled raises for techs,
stopped 401(k) contributions, took away the company cell...and I feel lucky
to have a job at all.”
Throughout the country, gratitude is on the rise. According to a December
2008 survey by Yahoo! HotJobs, overall job satisfaction is up 10% since
2007. The people who are still employed, it seems, are increasingly happy
simply to hang onto their jobs when others are being let go.
Sherene McHenry, a professor of counseling at Central Michigan University,
believes that there is also growing social and economic pressure to stifle
complaints. “It isn't safe or wise to complain at work these days,” McHenry
says. “When determining who to let go, nonunionized companies first get rid
of complainers and those who are difficult to be around.”
For the most part, however, the upswing in gratitude appears to be genuine,
and it is almost certainly fueled by economic insecurity.
“In good times, people often take for granted what they have, and whine
about what they don't have,” says Will Bowden, a Missouri-based minister who
runs a nonprofit organization called “A Complaint Free World”. “Bad times
make people more grateful.”
What's your take? Are you grateful to be employed? Or is there more to
complain about than ever? Drop us a line at
email@example.com, and let
us know what effect the economy is having on your attitude—and on your
THE TOP 7...
Ways to make layoffs easier on your employees
Tips from the
trenches to keep your copier career on track
Nobody likes laying people off. But for
businesses struggling to stay afloat, throwing ballast overboard is
sometimes the only choice. If the economy is forcing you to lay off workers,
the least you can do is try to soften their landing. Here are a few tips to
help you do that.
- Be honest
and transparent. No one wants to lose their jobs, period. But even in
emotional situations, most people are rational and able to understand
why layoffs are necessary. Be upfront with your employees about the
company's financial situation and be honest about why you have chosen to
eliminate their positions. They might not like what they hear, but
they'll feel better knowing that there's a method to the madness.
- Give your employees ample notice. The sooner you can inform your employees that
they've been selected for layoffs, the better. During the weeks prior to
their last days, try to be flexible about giving them time off to attend
job interviews or career fairs. If you can't give them extra notice, you
might consider letting them use the office copier or fax to help them
prepare for the job hunt.
- Give employees a good letter of reference. "Often the biggest thing you can
do is offer to write a glowing letter" says Sally Klingel, director of
labor management programs at the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor
Relations. Use the letter to explain why the employee was cut and to
vouch for his or her talent, experience, and value.
- Talk to your contacts. Ask your clients, vendors, and competitors to see if
anyone is currently taking on new staff. It might sting to see one of
your people go to work for a rival company, but as least you'll know
that you've helped keep a good worker employed.
- Keep in touch. Business could pick up sooner than you think it will. If you keep
in contact with your former employees, you may be able to offer them
work again before they find it elsewhere. Among other things, this could
save you the hassle and expense of filling a position with an outside
- Instead of laying people off, consider cutting back hours. Many of our readers
report that their employers have cut hours rather than eliminating
positions entirely. While the situation isn't ideal, it can be
preferable to the alternative and may be beneficial for morale. Many
workers are willing to deal with temporary cutbacks if it means keeping
their jobs in the long run.
- Encourage laid off employees to send their resumes to Copier Careers®. Even in
this tough economy, we're still matching qualified employees with great
copier industry jobs every day. Job seekers can visit us at
www.copiercareers.com/job_seekers.shtml to submit their resumes and
search our nationwide job listings.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Bids 4 Futures Auction Helps Veterans Launch IT Careers.
Been looking for a good excuse to get rid of the used computers, copiers,
faxes, phones, and other office equipment that's been cluttering up your
office? Why not donate it to the CompTIA Educational Foundation's Bids 4
Futures Auction? Donations are 100% tax deductible, and proceeds from the
auction are used to help military veterans pay for IT training and
certification. For more information about donating your used stuff to the
Konica Minolta Launches New High-Speed Inkjet Textile Printer.
The Nassenger VII is fitted with newly developed 512-nozzle high-speed
drive inkjet printheads to deliver a maximum print speed of 210 square
meters per hour, making it one of the fastest inkjet textile printers in the
world. The company will exhibit and demonstrate the Nassenger VII at FESPA
DIGITAL 2009, an exhibition of screen printing and textile printing systems
taking place in Amsterdam in mid-May.
Xerox to Manage Procter & Gamble's Worldwide Print Operations.
The five-year managed services contract calls for Xerox to manage
Procter & Gamble's print shops, offices, and home based work settings. By
working with Xerox, P&G expects to reduce its print-related power use by 30%
and its paper consumption by 20-30% annually. "Simplifying our global
printing structure helps increase reliability and efficiency, transforming
the way we work," said P&G's chief information officer, Filippo Passerini.
"This innovative initiative is one step on the journey to 'go digital' and
make our workplace more sustainable."
Ricoh Named One of "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere.
Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement, and
sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social
responsibility, anti-corruption, and sustainability, has been publishing the
"World's Most Ethical" rankings since 2007. "Ricoh has proven to be one of
the world leaders in upholding high ethical standards, making it a true
standout in its industry," said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of the
Ethisphere Institute. To view the complete list of 2009's most ethical
Lexmark Accessibility Solution Helps the Visually Impaired Use MFP
Technology. The Lexmark Accessibility Solution allows users to
accomplish nearly all the same tasks available on the touch-screen panel of
an MFP by using a web browser at their workstations. "This new application
from Lexmark will help to level the playing field for low-vision and
no-vision individuals" said Jenny Tyree, vocational rehabilitation
administrator for the Kentucky Office for the Blind. "This new technology
can potentially provide more vocational opportunities..for the visually
Sound Off: Our readers speak
Last month, we asked our readers whether their employers had
cut perks to save money during the recession. Over 80% of them said yes.
Laptops, insurance coverage, 401(k) contributions, cell phones, travel, and
vacations days were among the most commonly reported cuts. Reader comments
"My company sent out a memo stating that revenue and profits were up. In the
next sentence, they also said they are 'temporarily' suspending 401(k)
matching. That is ridiculous. Somebody up top has zero PR skills."
"My employer took away company phones—we're getting a $20 a month allowance
now. They also stopped 401(k) matches and reduced our mileage reimbursement.
It's still better than most industries, though."
"Having to cut perks is no doubt one of the good things coming out of the
recession. I've found over my fifty years in business that perks create more
problems than good."
"I don't mind the cuts if we all make it through this. I'm in sales and my
income has actually gone up because I work harder than anyone."
"My employer froze pay, stopped 401(k) contributions, and raised the
employee portion of the health insurance premium. As a tech, my take home
pay is now 8% less than what it was last year. Our company's sales are up,
so it looks to me like sales reps are making all the money."
"We are not allowed to take customers to dinner or purchase gifts any more.
If we want to buy dinner, it is on us."
"It is just smart business to tighten your belt in these tough economic
times so you can become stronger in the long run."
"I never thought that health care was a perk but our dealership shifted the
entire premium to the employees. It's a 10% pay cut for me to cover my
family. Welcome to the new economy."
"Our company wants the employees to know they are important and so far we
have been able to continue all perks, maintaining morale."
POLL OF THE MONTH
feel grateful to be employed?
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Here are just a few of the jobs currently listed:
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Sales Representative - South Florida
Field Technician - Washington DC
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