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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 8

The Rehire: How to Win Back Good Employees

The economy is like a pendulum and has been swinging back toward prosperity. As a hiring manager or organizational leader, it may have been only a few short years ago you were scheduling meetings in regard to corporate layoffs. Layoffs cost your organization more than the size of its employees.

And, you lost more productivity than you can simply regain with the sourcing, hiring, and training of a new body. Experience, insight, and industry knowledge walked out the door with every pink slip. Today, you want to regain the momentum you lost, wind up, and take off down the path of prosperity and growth.

Add the extra challenge of the talent that stayed the course with you through the slowdown which is now being syphoned off by other companies, further weakening your company's internal talent. You need to add new talent. You need qualified candidates. You need them now.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 7

7 Learning Perks to Engage Employees

Most companies know that employees need more than health insurance and a 401K to stick around these days, so they're offering everything from unlimited vacation to acupuncture at corporate headquarters to lure top talent. Nurturing employees goes beyond office freebies, though, and employers don't have to mirror flashy tech start-up perks to offer meaningful opportunities.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 6

Are You In or Are You Out? The Pay-To-Quit Fad

Imagine a manager calling his employee into the office and giving him an ultimatum, "If you quit right now, I'll give you $2,000." Sounds like a dream scenario, right? Well, Zappos made it a reality in 2008 in what the company calls "The Offer". And some companies have followed suit since, including Zappos' parent company Amazon, which announced it, too, would pay employees to quit in its recent letter to shareholders.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 5

Solving Business Challenges With Strategic Staffing - Part 3

If you think that temporary workers are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that staffing services can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool. In this series, we take a look at how three real-life companies have used staffing services to their advantage. This month, a pharmaceutical manufacturer struggles with turnover in a dysfunctional department.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 4

Common Job Description Mistakes

A job description outlines the duties and responsibilities of a given position, and the qualifications an individual must have in order to successfully perform the job. Well-crafted job descriptions can help employers set clear expectations for employees and align individual goals with the overall goals of the company. However, all too often job descriptions lack essential information, are used inconsistently, or are rarely updated. The following are eight common job description mistakes and how to avoid them.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 3

Hiring Employees With Integrity

How do you interview for integrity?

That's a question Tom Foster asked in a recent post on his blog. His reply: "You can interview for anything that you can connect to behavior."

The first step in the process seems obvious. How does a person who has integrity behave?

Describing what integrity looks like is not as easy as it seems. Integrity is more than just honesty. A person can be honest but lack integrity. Integrity is so much broader than just telling the truth. Integrity requires doing the right thing even when it's hard. It also requires humility–accepting responsibility for your actions and knowing that you are not a one-man show.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 2

Solving Business Challenges with Strategic Staffing - Part 2

If you think that temps are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that temporaries (and staffing services) can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool.

In this series, we take a look at how three real-life companies have used staffing services to their advantage. This month, a box manufacturer needs to rehire after downsizing due to the recession, but they face a difficult dilemma!

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 1

The Mentoring Connection for Talent Retention

To reduce turnover and retain the talent you worked hard to attract in the first place, try boosting your onboarding program with a dose of mentoring.

The first weeks are a make or break moment for your new hire. It's the time that most employees decide to stay or go. In fact, according to research from The Wynhurst Group, "22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and the cost of losing an employee in the first year is estimated to be at least 3 times salary." The data is convincing.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 12

The Mentoring Connection for Talent Retention

To reduce turnover and retain the talent you worked hard to attract in the first place, try boosting your onboarding program with a dose of mentoring.

The first weeks are a make or break moment for your new hire. It's the time that most employees decide to stay or go. In fact, according to research from The Wynhurst Group, "22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and the cost of losing an employee in the first year is estimated to be at least 3 times salary." The data is convincing.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 11

Solving Business Challenges with Strategic Staffing - Part 1

If you think that temps are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that temporaries (and staffing services) can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool.

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