Companies forced to re-evaluate benefits, hiring practices and consider downsizing

PHILADELPHIA — October 16, 2008 — According to Beyond.com, Inc., the world’s largest network of niche career communities, the deepening economic crisis has the potential to impact every industry, business and household in America. Many companies have gone into survival mode, resulting in budget cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs. Although some industries, such as Healthcare and IT— the # 1 and #2 industries for jobs in Q3 2008 — will continue to provide job security, most will suffer and leave workers in fear of reduced benefits, pay, or even losing their jobs.

As businesses evaluate their resources, middle management and high-paying jobs will face the most scrutiny, especially those with an indirect impact on the bottom line. In addition, more employers will offer early retirement packages to make room for younger, less expensive talent, allowing Gen X and Gen Y to move up the corporate ladder faster. However, more responsibility does not always mean higher compensation; these workers will need to set realistic salary expectations.

Many employers will look to reduce HR costs to avoid potential layoffs and will need to carefully determine necessary reductions in benefits without damaging employee moral. To help compensate for these changes, more companies will defer new benefits that increase operating expenses, instead opting for more creative, less expensive benefits such as flex-time and telecommuting.

The failing economy will also lead to higher employee retention and less job hopping, with fewer workers willing or able to switch jobs. However, more professionals will become passive job seekers to prepare for possible unexpected job loss, and some may even return to school to improve their skills and marketability.

“The state of our economy has put a strain on businesses across America. Many companies are going to extra lengths to assure that their organization will stay profitable, while attempting to minimize layoffs throughout this economic hardship,” says Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com, Inc. “As a result of reduced hiring, job seekers will need to diversify their skills, take advantage of learning opportunities, and demonstrate value to employers to increase their chances of surviving this recession. Most importantly, professionals should approach this difficult time with a positive attitude and realize that today’s challenges will lead to greater opportunities in the future.”

About Beyond.com, Inc.
Beyond.com, Inc. is the world’s largest network of niche career communities, powering thousands of geographic and industry-specific sites. We are dedicated to helping business professionals, corporations and vertical communities connect with each other by providing relevant career search services, networking tools and portal software solutions. Beyond.com was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious ‘Inc. 500’ list of the fastest growing private companies and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) partner company. www.Beyond.com. Visit our recruitment blog at www.EmploymentMetrix.com.

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Media Contacts:
Tara Berger
Marketing & Communications Associate
Beyond.com, Inc.
610-878-2800
TaraB@Beyond.com

Jeffrey Dillow
Account Manager
PAN Communications
978-474-1900
Beyond@Pancomm.com

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Did you write this article?

By the way, I used to live in Conshohocken...how is that area doing economically?
Thanks for the comment. Yes, I wrote the press release based on ideas from our CEO and statistics from Beyond.com's network of thousands of career communities. Conshohocken is not to far from our office. I think its safe to say that regions all across the country are feeling the affects of the poor economy.
You are probably very right. I know here in Utah it has been hit pretty hard, mostly because of housing and the fact that people really do not want to make a move. Plus with end of the year bonuses and such, we are rolling into an interesting part of the year!

Tara Berger said:
Thanks for the comment. Yes, I wrote the press release based on ideas from our CEO and statistics from Beyond.com's network of thousands of career communities. Conshohocken is not to far from our office. I think its safe to say that regions all across the country are feeling the affects of the poor economy.
THe Dod verticle is doing pretty well. Have not see to much of a down turn yet.

I did see gas in Virginia at $2.70 a gal.

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