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The Simple Yet Powerful Retention Tactic that Won't Cost Your Company a Dime In today's work culture where paternity leave, free snacks and on-site daycare have become more common, formulating the right package of perks and benefits for your employees can be difficult. Glassdoor research indicates 57 percent of people place benefits and office perks at the top of their list when considering a new role. However, research has also shown that employee satisfaction within the workplace is more strongly correlated to elements such as senior leadership, company culture and values and opportunities for growth.   Read full Article - Download PDF [162 KB]

July 2016

 

 

5 Hiring Mistakes That May be Hurting Your Employer Brand Throughout 2016, despite some contractions in the labor market, hiring has continued to increase. Within the last 12 months through April, an average of 232,000 new jobs has been added each month. Many companies are focused on expanding, but are finding it difficult to locate enough skilled talent, especially in the executive, managerial and professional job market. In this sector, which is candidate-driven, employers continue to lose great candidates who are accepting other job offers. So as a hiring authority, what key mistakes could you be making that might be damaging your employer brand?   Read full Article - Download PDF [166 KB]

June 2016

 

 

People Analytics: The Big Data of the Employment World What if high tech companies knew why top engineers quit and how to build work environments that would get people to stay? What if product companies could analyze the demographic and experiential factors that correlate with high-performing sales people? What if healthcare companies could determine why certain hospitals have higher infection rates and what people issues are behind these problems? Today these outcomes are being achieved through the use of people analytics, providing leaders with keen insight into employee behavior that is needed to make critical workforce decisions.   Read full Article - Download PDF [178 KB]

May 2016

 

 

Improving Employee Engagement: It Starts with Managers Staff engagement among the U.S. workforce has remained steady at 33 percent over the past few years, according to recent data from Gallup. This is quite low considering that strong employee engagement is the catalyst for company growth and success. Numbers worldwide are even starker, with 87 percent of workers reporting being disengaged at the office.   Read full Article - Download PDF [163 KB]

April 2016

 

 

Insightful Hiring: Looking Beyond the Obvious to Uncover Right-Fit Candidates A hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate, and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to decide who the best person is for the job. Research shows that more often than not, managers pick someone whose qualifications most closely match the exact criteria for the job or whose background is similar to theirs. Using this process, frequently poor hires are made, and competent and qualified people don't get the job - or sometimes even an interview - because they do not fit the preconceived notion of the right fit.   Read full Article - Download PDF [164 KB]

March 2016

 

 

Tips for Attracting Candidates by Appealing to What They Value Most The recruitment landscape in the executive, managerial and professional sector remains a candidate-driven market in 2016, and moving forward, companies need to ask not what candidates can do for them, but what they can do for potential hires. To attract the best candidates, companies should broaden their perspectives beyond salaries and benefits and think about what makes their organizations not only great places to work, but enviable ones.   Read full Article - Download PDF [104 KB]

February 2016

 

 

What Your Review Process Says About Your Company Culture The holidays have come to an end and companies are ramping up for the new year. While executives are getting ready to roll out new operational plans, strategies and budgets, many employees are preparing for their annual performance review. Although the review process is a necessary part of business, it can be a time-consuming and tedious exercise for both managers and their direct reports.   Read full Article - Download PDF [211 KB]

January 2016

 

 

The Recruiter's View: The Labor Market Outlook for 2016 The U.S. labor market continues to expand, and in 2015, 230,000 new jobs has been the monthly average through October. Many companies are in growth mode, focusing on key strategic hires to support this expansion. At the same time, a great deal of attention is being placed on engaging and retaining top performers that will ultimately join forces with new hires to build stronger, more dynamic teams.   Read full Article - Download PDF [300 KB]

December 2015

 

 

Attracting Talent with Public Relations Public relations, or PR as it's often called, is something we've all heard of but what does it really mean? Frequently companies think that PR should be leveraged to promote company news; everything from new hire announcements, office openings and website launches, to new products or services, and mergers and acquisitions. While some of these events may be deemed newsworthy, PR is most powerful as a tool to raise a company's profile, communicate the brand and culture, and continually position internal experts as industry thought leaders.   Read full Article - Download PDF [105 KB]

November 2015

 

 

Leveraging Modern Communication Methods to Engage and Build Company Culture Your organization has accomplished the hard task of attracting and bringing A-players on board. Now how do you keep them? That's a question that companies face more and more, as confidence builds in the labor market, and top performers feel more comfortable about making job moves.   Read full Article - Download PDF [107 KB]

October 2015

 

 

Does Your Company Have the Cool Factor? Every organization wants to be considered a "Best Place to Work" in order to attract and retain top talent, yet there is no cookie cutter formula for achieving this. Many factors go into making your company a great place to work such as company culture, employee benefits, and other perks. One thing that remains constant among the most desirable employers is the "cool" technology factor.   Read full Article - Download PDF [165 KB]

September 2015

 

 

Do Your Employees Have the Sunday Night Blues? Weekends are supposed to be for enjoyment and relaxation, essentially a time to unwind from the busy work week. Most importantly, weekends provide us with time to focus on our personal lives, creating balance between work, friends and family, and pleasure. However, what happens when weekend fun comes to a close and starts to turn into Sunday night blues?   Read full Article - Download PDF [105 KB]

August 2015

 

 

The Recruiter's View: Candidate-Driven Market is Impacting Hiring More Than Ever Before Despite some challenges during the winter months, U.S. employment has experienced consistent growth in 2015, with 251,000 new jobs as the monthly average. Many companies are expanding their teams, but are finding it difficult to recruit, especially in the executive, managerial and professional job market. In this sector, which is candidate-driven, employers continue to lose great candidates who are accepting other job offers.   Read full Article - Download PDF [121 KB]

July 2015

 

 

Leveraging Diversity Recruitment as a Branding Strategy Diversity recruitment programs have long been a means of promoting inclusion and tolerance, and upholding anti-discrimination regulations that began with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We're all familiar with the standard EOE statements and diversity quotas that exist at many organizations. However, in today's work environment, companies are beginning to look at how they can leverage fresh perspectives on diversity as a branding strategy to recruit and retain top talent.   Read full Article - Download PDF [104 KB]

June 2015

 

 

What Red Flags Could Your Team Be Giving Off in the Interviewing Process? During the typical interviewing process, most companies focus on identifying red flags and weeding out candidates who are not ideal. While this is a necessary practice, employers should also give consideration to the red flags their team members could be waving, and how this may be deterring future hires.   Read full Article - Download PDF [138 KB]

May 2015

 

 

What's Your One Hiring Rule? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was recently quoted as saying "I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. I think this rule has served me pretty well ... Facebook is not a company for everyone in the world." This is apparently Zuckerberg's one absolute for hiring. Regardless of whether you agree with Zuckerberg, consider your one hiring rule, or even your top three, and how they have impacted the success of your business.   Read full Article - Download PDF [166 KB]

April 2015

 

 

What Office Space Says About Company Culture and Employee Engagement Over the last few years, the image of desirable office space has changed considerably. The goal of rising through the ranks to earn a big corner office is increasingly becoming a thing of the past, as many companies shift from designated offices and cubicles to open workspaces.   Read full Article - Download PDF [138 KB]

March 2015

 

 

The Importance of Career-pathing and Mentoring in 2015 2014 came to a strong close, with U.S. employment reaching a 12-month average of 246,000 new jobs and unemployment dropping to 5.6 percent. Confidence is growing in the labor market and as a result, many companies plan to hire throughout 2015.   Read full Article - Download PDF [140 KB]

February 2015

 

 

Social Media and Mobile Recruitment: Where It's Headed in 2015 In 2014, we discussed the importance of social media engagement and mobile recruitment, to create brand awareness and attract top candidates. These trends have continued to be valuable tools in the recruitment process, reflecting a shift toward a more candidate-centric hiring and retention approach.   Read full Article - Download PDF [181 KB]

January 2015

 

 

The Recruiter's View: Candidate-Driven Market to Present Retention Challenges in 2015 Among Top Performers U.S. employment had its challenges during the winter months of 2014, but throughout most of the year we've experienced consistent growth as 222,000 new jobs has become the 12-month average. Despite the fact that many companies are in growth mode, retention is increasingly problematic.   Read full Article

December 2014

 

 

Looking at the Job Interview through a New Lens Most companies conduct job interviews as a series of one-on-one conversations between pre-screened candidates and key decision makers. The goal is to gain more details about the depth of the interviewee's skills, and assess whether they will be a good fit for the role and the company culture.   Read full Article - Download PDF [109 KB]

November 2014

 

 

Your Top Salesperson Is Gone - How Could This Have Been Avoided? Attrition is an anticipated byproduct of every business, but when it includes losing key salespeople, the impact can be devastating.   Read full Article - Download PDF [200 KB]

October 2014

 

 

Is Your Training Program Attracting or Detracting Candidates? Every organization offers some degree of on-job training, at a minimum during the onboarding process, but the quality of a company's training program can have a direct impact on the level at which employees remain engaged and motivated.   Read full Article - Download PDF [112 KB]

September 2014

 

 

Employer Branding: What Are Your Employees Saying About the Company? Employer branding has become increasingly important over the last few years as companies realize they need to better communicate their mission and culture, and be more transparent about business operations to attract top candidates and clients.   Read full Article - Download PDF [249 KB]

August 2014

 

 

The Future of Contract Staffing Contract staffing, also known as temporary or contingent staffing, has long been a solution for employers to meet short-term or variable staffing needs, while providing candidates with the opportunity to gain seasonal work or work between permanent positions.   Read full Article - Download PDF [220 KB]

July 2014

 

 

The Recruiter's View: Candidates Continue to Drive the Growing Job Market and Retention is Equally Important as Recruitment Over the past few years, recruiters in the executive and managerial space have been observing a shift from an employer-driven market to a largely candidate-driven market.   Read full Article - Download PDF [124 KB]

June 2014