Category Archives: Human Resources

The HR Policies That May be Keeping Great Talent Away From Your Business

HR Policies Social media and sites such as Glassdoor create greater transparency when it comes to your internal hiring practices. This can really complicate things for your business if it has HR policies that could potentially scare off top talent or are simply outdated. Here are some of these potential policies and ways to counteract them.

1. Excessive travel requirements

Many jobs require travel, and that is usually fine. However, there may come a point where business travel crosses from standard into overload territory. Employees have seen only snatches of their families here and there and they have traveled so much …

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Is Your Business Experiencing a Skill Gap? Invest More into Hiring and Training

8485378303_1a46569cf8_zBersin by Deloitte’s Corporate Learning Factbook 2014 makes several important findings indicating that businesses beginning to pick up steam in this better economy should invest not just in regular resources, but in people as well. Three stats first:

Spending by U.S. businesses on corporate training grew by 15 percent in 2013 (the most in seven years).

This increase comes on the heels of 10 percent growth in 2011 and 12 percent growth in 2012.

“Capability gaps” are cited as a top-five challenge by more than 70 percent of businesses.

More Training Equals More Company Confidence

These stats matter because they …

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Why You Should View All Temporary Employees as Potential Full Time Hires

3344142642_c4d3bfa042_zOver the past few years, hiring of temporary employees instead of permanently bringing individuals onto staff has become a strong trend. Temporary employment is just that, it doesn’t last forever. But, even if you don’t plan to hire a candidate as a full-time employee, you might want to keep your options open.

Reasons to Look at Temps as Potential Full Time Hires

  1. It will help overall team morale. When a team knows that the new hire will be there only temporarily, sometimes it can create a divide in the office. But, if the bosses treat temporary hires as if they’ll
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Why You Should Consider Having More Structured Interviews

Structured InterviewsThere are many different interviewing styles, but in most cases, employers use one of two types: informal or structured.  The informal style interview is usually designed to bring out an applicant’s personality while getting a few questions answered. The structured interview tends to focus on job-related skills and abilities by focusing on previous experience and discussion of hypothetical situations.

Five Reasons to Turn to Structured Interviews

  1. The interviewer knows what will be asked and how applicants will be evaluated before interviews begin.Questions are determined ahead of time, as are scoring measures. This gives everyone involved in the hiring process
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How to Keep Things Running When You Are Short Staffed and Looking for Applicants

HiringYou’ve just lost an employee – whether through retirement, involuntary termination or resignation —and the timing couldn’t be worse. You’re gearing up for a busy season and need to have all hands on deck – which means that you just need to get bodies in the door, right?

This type of thinking can be dangerous, since it can lead you to hire less-than-ideal ideal candidates. Increased workloads put additional pressure on hiring managers and can prompt them to overlook red flags that come up when interviewing. This leads to bad hires which end up creating more work later down the …

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