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It Figures 04/02

Small-business hiring patterns, keeping in touch with customers and more
- Magazine Contributor
2 min read

This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »


Hired Help

IF HISTORY IS ANY INDICATION of how our country recovers from a recession, then the resemblance of current small-business hiring patterns of those of 1990 and 1991 could incicate light at the end of the tunnel.

PRECENTAGE OF JOB SEEKERS BEING HIRED BY SMALL FIRMS


SOURCE: Challenger,Gray & ChristmasnInc.
PRECENTAGE OF JOB SEEKERS BEING HIRED BY SMALL FIRMS


SOURCE: Challenger,Gray & ChristmasnInc.
You Rang?
EVEN WITH THE ADVENT of wireless Internet, Web sites and email, most business owners preferred method of keeping in contact with customers is as old-fashion as Alexander gram Bell

SOURCE: Millward Brown
Hard Sell
A TOUGH ECONOMY isn't the only thing causing problems for your sales staff. Their profession could be hurting them as well. In a recent survey, sales executives blamed their careers for doing the following:

SOURCE: Sales and Marketing Management magazine
7.5%
more highly skilled jobs were introduced into the workplace in 2001 than in 2000.
SOURCE: Economic Policy Foundation

50%
of all employees feel management doesn't treat them with respect and dignity.
SOURCE: The Discovery Group

50%
of online purchases are made from the workplace.
SOURCE: Nielsen/NetRatings

25%
of all U.S. kids have made an online purchase.
SOURCE: SpectraCom

50%
of women would pay more visits to a business if they knew it was owned and operated by a woman.
SOURCE: Balance Oasis