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HR Insights: Vol 9, Issue 1

Recruiters, Adopt an Infinite Mindset in 2020

A recruiter with an infinite mindset is playing to keep playing, focusing not only on filling roles.

According to author and TED speaker Simon Sinek, “a worthy rival inspires us to take on an attitude of improvement.” That’s part of what he calls the infinite mindset. This infinite mindset is what Sinek believes differentiates businesses that think ahead versus those that live in the past. “Business is a journey without a final destination,” he says. “The goal is not to win but keep playing.”

But the infinite mindset isn’t just about leadership and business. It can have a profound impact on talent acquisition, too. The recruiter with a finite mindset is playing to win, or simply filling open positions as needed. Meanwhile, a recruiter with an infinite mindset is playing to keep playing, focusing not only on filling roles but also on helping management meet its long-term goals.

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 12

3 Ways to Master Next Year's Candidate-Driven Market

A growing number of job seekers cite work flexibility as a top consideration.

The unemployment lows we’ve seen throughout 2019 are expected to continue into the new year. In 2020, recruiters will have to work harder than ever.

With fewer qualified applicants coming your way, you may find yourself scrambling to impress top talent, not the other way around.

To get ahead in 2020’s candidate-driven market, you’ll have to take a flexible approach – in more ways than one.

1. Attract Top Talent with Job Flexibility
In many industries, jobs can survive – and even thrive – when employees are permitted to work remotely or on flexible schedules.

The 2019 LinkedIn Global Talent Trends Report highlighted the growing significance of job flexibility in the recruiting process:

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 11

How Top Tech Trends Are Transforming Work

When asked to consider how technology is transforming the world of work, an HR executive may point to advancements in applicant tracking systems, the growth of on-demand learning platforms and better employee analytics. These are just a few of the exciting new tools having a profound impact on HR, but what about the many broader technologies that are shaking up the status quo across industries?

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 10

8 Powerful Onboarding Strategies to Engage New Employees

Don’t let new hires go into their first day blind.

How many employees worldwide do you think are truly engaged and enthusiastic about their work? 30%? Maybe 50%? Plot twist: it’s just 15% according to Gallup, which is a huge financial drain for businesses considering that offices with engaged employees are as much as 43% more productive.

With all of this in mind (and our own Onboarding Summit almost upon us), we thought it was the perfect opportunity to go back-to-basics with our list of 8 Powerful Onboarding Strategies to Engage New Employees:

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 9

Six Tips for Achieving Work-Life Integration

Let’s be honest, there is no separation between work and life.

Work-life balance is one of those things everyone talks about, but no one seems to achieve. It’s like an imaginary destination no one ever really reaches. Find out why work-life integration is a much better goal for many reasons, not the least of which is that we can actually hope to achieve it.

Work-life Balance.

Let’s be honest, there is no separation between work and life. And no such thing as work-life balance. No matter how hard we try to reach equilibrium, somehow, we always fall short. Employees everywhere are familiar with the intense struggle between the daily stress of deadlines and assignments at work and finding personal time for outside interests. Time at work often interferes with home life, causing us to stay late or work all hours of the day or night. In the long run, this lack of personal time leads to higher stress levels and a lack of concentration. When these things happen, productivity plunges.

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 8

Improving Emotional Intelligence at Work

It’s the secret to happier, more engaged employees who work better together.

Emotional intelligence is crucial in the modern workplace. It’s the secret to happier, more engaged employees who work better together. Which means it’s the secret to higher performing teams that drive fast n’ furious business growth.

Improving emotional intelligence in the workplace isn’t some fluffy, sounds-nice people goal. It’s a business-critical strategy that helps unlock maximum value from your biggest competitive asset – your people.

But emotional intelligence comes more naturally to some folks than others and improving your workforce’s EQ is easier said than done.

The following eight ways to improve emotional intelligence in the workplace will put you on the path to get the most from your people.

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 7

Considerations for Rehiring Employees

Rehiring employees can be beneficial to your organization.

Whether it’s a response to the tight employment market or seasonal employment rehiring, former employees are becoming more common. Rehiring employees can be beneficial to your organization, especially if they were strong contributors. You could save time and money since they are familiar with your business, and you do not need to provide them with the in-depth training required for onboarding new employees. A former employee also might have worked elsewhere since leaving your organization, which can be an opportunity to bring new skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas to your workplace.

There are also legal implications and potential liabilities to consider.

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 6

Engagement is Really Just Connection

The modern workplace suffers from a false sense of connectivity.

The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and wellbeing in the workplace worldwide than ever before.

Not only does this disconnection lower each individual’s happiness, it can also lower innovation, teamwork, collaboration, passion, enthusiasm and ultimately bottom-line business results. So, what’s the answer?

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 5

5 Alternatives to Pay Raises to Engage Employees

Often, it takes more than a bigger paycheck to keep employee engagement up.

While making more money is a good motivator, it should not be the end-all when it comes to encouraging your employees to be more engaged. If you think that a bigger paycheck is the only way to achieve higher engagement levels, consider these five alternatives.

1. Focus on Overall Wellbeing

Given that only half of employees think wellbeing is a strong part of their organization’s culture, there is definitely room for improvement. In addition to the more obvious perks like PTO, employees need a more holistic vision to corporate wellbeing initiatives, including a focus on physical, emotional, social, and financial needs. Put practices into place now that both acknowledges these needs and considers each of them equally.

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HR Insights: Vol 8, Issue 4

Using Mindfulness to Infinitely Increase Your Capacity at Work

Perhaps you’ve heard of the term, mindfulness, but don’t know exactly how to be more mindful

What can you do to take control of your nervous system when your schedule feels jam-packed, you work in an open office, and there are dings and whistles from your phones and emails all day? Perhaps you’ve heard of the term, mindfulness, but don’t know exactly how to be more mindful. Aren’t you using your mind all the time?

The answer? Meditate my friend.

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to this moment without judgment, and is cultivated from a daily meditation practice. A few deep belly breaths and we bring more oxygen to our brain, our heart rate calms down, we let go of thoughts of the past or future, and we bring our full self to the moment and our work.

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