HR Insights: Vol 3, Issue 1

Leaders, Recalibrate Your Course for 2015

Millions of people watch the Times Square ball drop during the last 60 seconds of every passing year. According to the Official Site of Times Square, the actual notion of a ball "dropping" to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year's Eve was ever celebrated in The Big Apple. The first "time-ball" was installed atop England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 12

We Are All Becoming Millennials

It's hard to read anything about business today and not trip over references to millennials and the changes they are bringing to the workplace. It has everyone in something of a lather.

It is true that there are major changes afoot in modern business and they have happened with the influx of the latest generation of workers. But those changes are bigger than any one cohort.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 11

HR Tech Tips to Use at Your Recruitment Events

Each year, the iCIMS crew heads out to the HR Technology Conference to network and meet with thousands of HR professionals from all over the world. Attending a trade show of this size provides several benefits for an organization, from branding exposure to top sales opportunities. On my way back from the conference this year, I noticed the same benefits are true for attending recruitment events. Here are some easy-to-use tips that your team can put into action to help stand out in the crowd.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 10

3 Lessons Companies Can Learn From Kindergarteners

Last week, my daughter completed her first month of kindergarten. It was an overwhelming and incredibly exciting experience for her. (And let's face it, for me, too.) I'm sure a lot of you have been there.

During the first week of school, parents are invited to hang out for morning assembly. I spent a lot of time waiting around and observing, and thinking about how, minus all the shouting and tears, the first week of school is a lot like starting a new job. Though obviously employees are not children, in a lot of ways kids are simply a more expressive, honest version of the adults around them.

With this microcosm in mind I wanted to share three things I noticed that I think also apply in the adult work world:

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 9

6 Steps For Auditing Your Company's Candidate Experience

A positive candidate experience provides organizations with a competitive advantage in two ways. First, from a revenue perspective. The last thing any company wants is to say "no" to a candidate and lose a customer. The business world is way too competitive to lose a customer over a negative hiring experience.

Second is competitive advantage in terms of the War for Talent. As organizations continue to struggle with finding the most qualified candidates, no company can afford to lose top talent because of a poor candidate experience.

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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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