Over the past 30 years, the Synergy team has supported
hundreds of incredible organizations in meeting their professional employer and
human resource goals. In honor of our anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of 30
of our favorite HR fun facts, from historical info to statistics about the
current landscape, to shed some light on the more exciting side of our work.
- In 1996 The American National Payroll Association founded National Payroll Week to celebrate the partnership between America’s workers and companies – the weeklong event even has its own theme song.
- In 1932 when inventors didn’t know what to name their new candy bar, it happened to be payday, resulting in the birth of the Payday bar.
- Nearly 60% of all wage and salary workers (78.2 million professionals) are hourly employees.
- According to ancient “paystubs”, employees in Egypt and Mesopotamia used to be paid in beer and other commodities.
- The first employee time clock was patented in 1891 by William Legrand Bundy.
- 427,000 resumes are posted each week on Monster, 89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn and 8,000,000 applicants found their job through Twitter.
- 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile.
- Although the average interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2,000 surveyed bosses indicated that they know within the first 90 seconds if they’ll hire that candidate.
- Employees who have a “best friend” at work are seven times more likely to be engaged.
- To have a thriving day, individuals need six hours of social time.
- 64% of people said that their mobile devices make them more productive at work, and 29.2% see mobile devices as a workplace necessity.
- 64% of Millennials would rather make $40K a year at a job that they love than $100K a year at a job they think is boring.
- The majority of jobseekers read at least 6 reviews before forming an opinion of a company.
- 66% of Millennials expect to leave their company by 2020.
- 92% of executives rate organizational redesign as a critical priority.
- 41% of job seekers search for jobs from bed.
- And 18% of job seekers search for jobs from a restroom.
- In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web. In 2016, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via email.
- On average, men’s desks are 20% dirtier than women’s.
- Interviewees wearing blue are more likely to be hired.
- HR managers believe that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week.
- Women business owners employ 35% more people than all of the Fortune 500 companies combined.
- On average, workplace meetings run 34% shorter when participants stand up during the meeting.
- Employees tend to retain their training better when they take hand written notes.
- U.S. employees accept meeting requests on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM more often than any other time.
- Resumes that include photos have an 88% rejection rate.
- Georgia state law requires that active military employees must be granted unlimited leave for service and that they’re restored to the same or similar position and pay upon their return.
- In Virginia, employers can be held liable for defamation based on what they write in employee performance evaluations.
- 54% of employees say a strong sense of community keeps them at their current company.
- Engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their organization than those who report that they’re disengaged at work.
Human resources has a long and fascinating history, constantly evolving to keep up with the world that we live in. Unfortunately, this can make staying on top of ever-changing HR functions a hassle, especially when business owners are losing valuable time and resources that they need to support other business goals. Luckily, Synergy can help. With 30 years of experience, our team members are human capital management experts. As an extension of your organization, we work with you and your team members directly to handle administrative tasks, mitigate risk, and ensure compliance.
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