How Much Flexibility is Right for Your Organization?
Workplace flexibility – are you all in, not having it, or on the fence (but feel like you are being pulled down)? It’s no secret that the modern workforce values flexible work arrangements, but do employers have to conform to the wishes and demands of this younger generation? No. But, you might want to consider flexible work options if doing so can maximize employee performance, increase overall productivity, and decrease turnover, all while saving the company money.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 7, Issue 5
The One Truth Most Leaders Keep Quiet
While our lives and careers can often find themselves in predictable patterns–go to school, get a job, work hard, rise to the top–there’s one little secret that most leaders never like to talk about. It’s a reality that can make us feel vulnerable. But it shouldn’t.
What’s the secret? It’s this: we rose to our leadership positions because we were good at a certain skill, not because we were skilled at leading others.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 7, Issue 4
Make Your Job Postings Stand Out
For decades, posting a job opening was a relatively simple task. All a recruiter had to do was share the job description across the appropriate channels and candidates came pouring in. Today, the competition for talent is fierce and writing content to advertise a job opening requires a lot more finesse.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 7, Issue 3
Oops! I Hired the Wrong Person
Oops, you did it again. You know what I’m talking about. You made the wrong choice and hired the wrong person.
The new hire is flailing, your hiring manager is frustrated, HR is trying to ensure they stay long enough to not be a total loss, and the CFO is wondering if he can take the recruitment costs and lost productivity out of your budget.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 7, Issue 2
3 Predictions for Recruiting in 2018
Last year, my predictions for the top three recruiting trends of 2017 were new technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), a focus on workplace diversity, and talent rediscovery.
It turned out that 2017 was undeniably the year of AI.
What will the new year bring to the world of recruiting as the economy improves and unemployment dips to a 16-year low? Here are my top three predictions for 2018.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 7, Issue 1
What 2,700 U.S. Workers Want from Their Work
As we inch closer to the end of the year, it's natural to reflect on what we are grateful for in life. Many workers, it turns out, are not including their job on their gratitude list this year. How do we know? Gallup's State of the American Workplace report found more than half (51%) of workers are actively searching for new jobs.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 12
Lessons from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal
The allegations of outrageous conduct against former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein have dominated the news for more than two weeks. If the allegations are true, Weinstein represents the quintessential “superstar” harasser–the high earning, successful leader whose bad behavior is tolerated because of his perceived value to the corporation.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 11
Assessing Your Company's Onboarding Program
Regardless of what we call it, we know what onboarding is. But, do we know what our program is doing for our company? There’s only one way to find out the effectiveness your onboarding process and that’s by conducting an assessment.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 10
Never Overlook PTO as a Recruiting Tool
Although Americans are notoriously bad for not taking their vacation time—even when they’ve accrued it–paid time off (PTO) remains one of the most attractive benefits employers can offer. So, when you’re hiring, don’t underestimate its importance as a recruiting tool. Having outdated PTO policies or offering minimal vacation, sick, and personal time can turn potential candidates off. Generous policies, on the other hand, can help you secure your next dream hire. Here’s what you need to know about why PTO matters so much.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 9
Tackling the Skills Gap with Apprenticeships vs. Internships
While apprenticeships are not as common in the U.S. as they are in Europe, these programs are growing in popularity because of the clear career path for workers and benefits for employers. In June of 2017, President Trump signed an executive order in an effort to expand apprenticeship programs across the country. Trump said that his executive order would empower companies, unions, industry groups, and federal agencies to “create apprenticeships for millions of our citizens.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 206,000 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system last year. Typically, these programs are used as a strategy by employers to find and hire skilled workers.
Read More: HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 8