HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 11

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.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 10

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.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 9

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 Having outdated PTO policies or offering minimal vacation, sick, and personal time can turn potential candidates off.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.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 8

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.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 7

Standardizing Your Team's Candidate Phone Screens

The initial phone screen isn’t just a formality to confirm your candidate isn’t a total weirdo. Executed properly, this conversation is an opportunity to identify non-starters and, most importantly, to understand if this person truly is who their profile says they are. Your team of recruiters is going to be conducting these constantly and–in the interest of candidate experience and consistent assessment–it’s important to standardize these calls. Luckily, I happen to sit back to back with Entelo's senior business recruiter, Amina “Value-Add” Moinuddin, and learned that there are a host of questions you can ask candidates no matter what role you’re filling.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 6

Why an Age Diverse Workplace is Important

Everyone’s talking about workplace diversity today, and for good reason: when you expand the range of perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of your team, you also extend your reach toward innovation and overall excellence. But gender and ethnicity dominate many of the discussions about diversity–and companies need to start talking more about an age diverse workplace as well.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 5

Achieving Mindful Leadership

Mindfulness is defined as “the intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment.”

When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the immediate moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Being mindful simply means being fully connected to the reality of what is, and accepting this reality even if we don’t like it.

When we’re mindful, we’re fully connected to ourselves and to other people, and this connection allows us to lead ourselves and others to shared certainty rather than individual confusion.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 4

Gaining an Edge with Diversity in the Workplace

The makeup of America is evolving, and so is the way we work. Shifting demographic and immigration patterns have changed the composition of the U.S. population to include a much wider range of ethnicities, cultures, genders, ages, and abilities. In order to keep pace with changing market demands dictated by a diversified consumer base, employers must adopt business practices that acknowledge the value of workers from blended backgrounds when serving the needs of customers with the same interests and experiences.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 3

Keeping Employees Motivated

Keeping employees motivated at work is truly a constant battle for managers. In fact, a recent Gallup survey found that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work on a regular basis. Distractions are the common enemy of us all; and, the all too familiar issue of failure to prioritize is no small beast and it frequently runs rampant in many companies.

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HR Insights: Vol 5, Issue 2

Feedback is the Key to Growth

A toxic culture can disrupt business, result in low engagement and high turnover, and ultimately damage your company’s reputation. However, culture can be influenced and new norms can be internalized to help companies bounce back. Even if a company is not suffering from the effects of a negative culture, creating a strong purpose and values from the beginning helps to institutionalize the right kinds of behaviors.

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