HR & Management Tips
Don't Be Too Quick to Abandon Liberal ArtsRead the rest of this entry »
In a matter of weeks some 18 million students will fill the lecture halls and classrooms of colleges and universities around the country. Still ringing in their ears will be the admonition of well-meaning family to "study something that will get you a job."
In this age where Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are celebrities, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen's famous warning about college majors has taken on the aura of career ...
Your College Hires Are Already LookingRead the rest of this entry »
If you're hiring recent college grads or have some already on staff, you'll want to take a look at these stats. They offer an interesting look at the Class of 2016, a year out from graduation.
And there's no reason to think they don't apply to the 2017 college grads you just hired.
Here's one that caught our attention: 20% of the 2016 grads who ...
Geofencing Is Becoming a Hot Recruiting ToolRead the rest of this entry »
Geofencing for ad targeting is nothing new. Even if you didn't realize it, you've been delivered ads on your mobile device that are based on your location. Advertisers as diverse as Dr. Pepper, Whole Foods and the non-profit OxFam have used the targeting method, which sends ads to devices only in specific geographic locations.
Now, employers are embracing the location-based advertising for recruiting.
Last winter, Johns Hopkins All ...
What Hiring Managers Need to KnowRead the rest of this entry »
What hiring manager hasn't wondered why it's so hard to fill a job. It's not like you're looking for a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon -- unless you are, but most of us aren't.
Sure, the unemployment rate is low; and there's plenty of competition for hiring the same A players you want. Yet, it's a big city and an even bigger country ...
How to Turn "Difficult Conversations" Into a WinSooner or later every manager is going to have "one of those" conversations with a worker. It's human nature to want to put those conversations off as long as possible, which is, as you might expect, the worst thing you can do. It only makes things worse when you finally must have that sit down.Read the rest of this entry »
Experts tell us that having regular one-on-one check-ins with each member of your team ...
Don't Make Your Job Offer All About the MoneyIt may only be natural when you get a job offer to look first at the "how much" part. But if that's all you consider, you're shortchanging the employer and overlooking benefits and perks that may well be more valuable than a few thousand more in pay.Read the rest of this entry »
Young, healthy workers especially are likely to discount the value of a health package covering medical, dental and vision. Even if ...
Ditch Those 'Best Interview Questions'If you're a hiring manager asking interview questions you found online, you're not doing yourself any favors. But you sure are for the candidates you meet.Read the rest of this entry »
For every "best interview question" you discover, candidates are Googling "answers to the best interview questions." When you ask those questions, you'll get well-rehearsed answers guaranteed to put the candidate in the best light.
Ask that all-time favorite, "What is your ...
Check Your Ego When Holding Performance ConversationsWith the annual performance review under attack as ineffective and even detrimental, managers are being encouraged to hold regular performance conversations with their direct reports.Read the rest of this entry »
The reasoning is sound: Regular one-on-ones encourage more mentoring and make it possible to take corrective action sooner, before productivity and quality suffer. Giving feedback, especially positive feedback, on a regular basis helps keep the team on track and improves morale.
But when the focus ...
Report Shows Workforce Drug Use Increased In 20164.2% of American workers tested positive for drugs last year, the highest rate in a dozen years, according to Quest Diagnostics.Read the rest of this entry »
The company, one of the largest providers of medical and diagnostic tests in the U.S., issued its annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index in May. The company said it found cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine use was up across the nation.
“This year’s findings are remarkable because ...
Labor Law Tips Every Manager Should KnowIt may be tempting to resolve a serious discipline problem by terminating the miscreant on the spot. Don't do it. Instead, send the guilty party home with instructions to report to HR the next morning.Read the rest of this entry »
That's the advice of Paul Trimmer, an employment attorney with Jackson Lewis. He was one of some two dozen attorneys offering advice and updating hundreds of HR professionals on the status of labor ...