HR & Management Tips
Your Runners-Up Are Your Best CandidatesRead the rest of this entry »
Remember that last candidate you almost hired? The one who lost your mental coin toss? Now that you have another slot to fill, your first call should be to that runner-up candidate.
If you liked them last time, chances are good you'll like them even more now. And why? Because they have more experience and not just more time on the job, but the kind of varied experience that comes ...
A 10-Step Program to More Effective MeetingsRead the rest of this entry »
How any hours a day do you spend in meetings? One, two or too many?
Meetings may be a necessary fact of business life, but with managers believing half the time they spend in them is a waste, doing something about it is only good sense. Not to mention recovering the lost productivity.
The Muse recently posted a 10-step program to cut the number of meetings and make those left ...
Employers Most Want Creative ThinkersRead the rest of this entry »
What skills will employers most look for in 2019?
If you guessed computer skills, you're right, according to a LinkedIn analysis of thousands of job postings. Ten of the top 25 skills appearing in the job postings all involved coding, UX, data analytics or AI. You could even make a case that several of the others -- digital marketing and business analysis for example -- are in that computing / internet wheelhouse.
Don't Let Onboarding Be a One and Done AffairRead the rest of this entry »
When your new hire starts, what's your onboarding like? Chances are they fill out a pile of paperwork, sign off on the company handbook, maybe watch a welcome video featuring the CEO and then get escorted to their new boss.
That's where it ends for most companies. And that's one reason why so many new employees -- almost 17% by one study -- don't last the first week. 30% have quit in ...
Q1 Hiring Plans Are Strongest In YearsRead the rest of this entry »
The stock market may be seesawing, but employers are still bullish on hiring. Two recent surveys of hiring intention both pointed to strong plans by employers to add staff in the first quarter of this new year.
Manpower's long running Employment Outlook, based on a survey of 12,500 employers, shows 23% expect to add headcount between now and the end of March. Seasonally adjusted basis that comes out to ...
Where Do Managers Fit In An Agile Workplace?Read the rest of this entry »
Workplace agility, once mostly just discussed in articles in business journals, is becoming a reality in all kinds of industries. While just 4% of respondents to a McKinsey survey this year said their companies have completely transformed, 37% reported being in the midst of becoming more agile.
In an agile workplace the bureaucracy is flattened, decisions are made more quickly in response to customer demands and market opportunities. Employees assemble ...
Tight Labor Is Forcing Business to ChangeRead the rest of this entry »
Small businesses have long struggled to hire and keep talented workers. Long before unemployment fell so low that almost anyone who wants a job can find one, small businesses have seen their best people snatched away by large employers offering better pay and benefits.
Now they're taking a page out of big guys' playbook and are beginning to change their culture to be more flexible and accommodating of their workers ...
Audition Your Seasonal Hires For Permanent JobsRead the rest of this entry »
Businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries hired on more than a million workers to help with the holiday season. Come January, most of those jobs will end. But if you're one of those employers with seasonal help, you should think twice before sending out layoff notices. In this tight hiring environment, your seasonal workers afford you an excellent opportunity to fill vacancies with proven talent.
For weeks now ...
Even the C-Suite Will Be Looking For Cyber Monday DealsRead the rest of this entry »
The worriers over in IT don't want you to do it, but that isn't going to stop the vast number of American workers from shopping the Cyber Monday deals today.
Multiple surveys, plus the history of the last few years, tell us that the majority of employees -- 58% according to one; 64% according to another -- are going online throughout the holiday season to shop. One of those surveys reports that ...
What You Can Do to Hire FasterRead the rest of this entry »
Managers who leave it up to in-house recruiters to fill their vacancies and then wonder why it's taking so long, need a dose of talent supply reality.
That term "war for talent" means just that: With unemployment at historic lows, the size of the labor force shrunken to a point not seen since the early 1970s, and experienced workers retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day, the competition ...