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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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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 10

Recruiting on Facebook

As a thought leader in talent acquisition and a leading provider of social recruitment tools, iCIMS fields a lot of questions from recruiters pertaining to the use of social media in recruitment. Surprisingly, one of the most common concerns employers express involves advertising jobs on Facebook: Specifically, could Facebook job advertising damage the company's employment brand reputation if the jobs end up posted near objectionable content?

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 9

Can Temps Drive Profit?

As a business manager, you are ultimately responsible for your organization's financial and human resources. By deploying the right staffing strategy, you can greatly enhance your ability to control costs, improve productivity, and manage risk. Need proof? Read on to discover how two businesses used strategic temporary staffing to enhance their profits.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 8

Hiring for Cultural Fit

With the workplace constantly evolving, companies should think about hiring for cultural fit as much as or even more than technical skills. Recruiting qualified candidates with the technical skills needed for a specific job is usually the easy part. The hiring managers know the skills and can tell through an effective interview if they have the technical part of the job. However, determining how a candidate will fit into the organization's culture is more challenging. The fit will be missing if a candidate's values differ from those of the company. Let's take a look at an example.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 7

Using Personality Tests to Predict the Ability to Multi-Task

Do you find yourself constantly distracted? Your attention constantly divided, jumping from one task to another? Does every day feel like you've been really busy but not really productive? The hustle and bustle of everyday life has become a regular occurrence for many people - so much so that we have embraced a word to describe our efforts to respond to the many pressing demands on our time: multitasking.

Multitasking has become so prevalent in our lives that that the youngest generations are defined by it and employers idolize workers who do it. Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now considered a required skill for peak job performance. It is shorthand for trying to get many things done in the least amount of time possible. Read on to learn how personality tests can be used to predict a worker's ability to multi-task.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 6

The Hiring Strategy Successful Leaders Follow

Why do some leaders have an ability to surpass expectations and create something far bigger than themselves? Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, knows what it takes to do that. He knows that to be successful, hiring the right people is critical. The most successful leaders, including Welch, have a track record of surrounding themselves with high performing talent that pushes them and their company to be better. To reduce the risk of making the wrong hire, successful leaders also use a structured hiring process (like the following strategy) that is measurable, repeatable and objective.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 5

The Haunting of a Low Job Fit Employee

Recently, I saw first hand another example of a low job fit employee team member in a role they were not "wired" to do nor enjoy. This team member is a ten-year veteran. His job is to engage the company's most sensitive, complicated Customers. Many of these Customers are very demanding. His behavioral style is opposite of that of most of their demanding Customers. He is very passive, while most of his customers are direct. Unfortunately, he is not happy at work due to his behavioral misfit with customers, and it is impacting the rest of his life and customer satisfaction.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 4

Why Time to Hire is the Worst Recruiting Metric of Them All

I've complained in the past about certain old school HR metrics that are still hanging around in our organizations even though they don't really matter (at best) or actually damage an organization (at worst). But many of us still diligently report on them regularly even though deep down we know they don't mean jack. Now I'll be the first to admit that until recently I thought that tracking and reporting on time to hire was important. I mean, finding the right people as quickly as possible is important, right?

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