Um, That Employer Did What?!?

Posted & filed under Leadership, Staffing Tips, Workplace Stress.

Every job search has its quirks, highs and lows; for most, it’s nothing short of a roller coaster ride. But if something you experience leaves you scratching your head (or questioning your sanity), here’s how to decide if it’s normal — or real cause for alarm: Hooray, this job posting looks perfect! Oh no, they… Read more »

Operating Referral Programs on a Limited Budget

Posted & filed under Compensation, Planning, Staffing Tips.

One of the most common arguments against launching an employee referral program has to do with the lack of budget for such a program. Many recruiting leaders and line managers are familiar with the stories of outrageous employee referral bonuses, and multi-pronged program advertising campaigns that cost serious money. The stories have helped perpetuate the… Read more »

Want to Drive Profits? Start with HR

Posted & filed under Leadership, Planning, Staffing Tips.

When asked, most senior executives will list their people as one of their company’s top resources. Yet when given the opportunity to use HR and talent management to make a strategic impact, many hiring managers balk. The idea that HR can actively engage in increasing profits, rather than merely cutting costs, is a new one… Read more »

Passion for Play

Posted & filed under Staffing Tips, Workplace Stress.

Gamification hype is rampant–but can it deliver real benefits for your business? This brief article will help you decide. So what is gamification? How is it used? Simply put, it’s the process of applying game mechanics and game thinking in non-gaming contexts to engage users and to solve problems. While gamification has obvious benefits in… Read more »

Hate Being the New Guy?

Posted & filed under Career Review, Contingent Workforce, Staffing Tips.

How to fit in, make friends and succeed from day one.   You may ask yourself; Will the work environment be fast paced or laid back? What will my Supervisor think of me? Will I mesh well with my new teammates? How will I fit in? Whether you are starting a new assignment or full… Read more »

It Pays to Help New Staff Start Right

Posted & filed under Leadership, Planning, Staffing Tips, Workplace Stress.

Managers should invest wisely in well-designed staff orientation programs. Effectively orientating your new employees can pay big dividends in staff retention, employee commitment and customer satisfaction.   Staff members who are properly trained and welcomed at the beginning of their careers feel good about their choice of employer, fit in quickly with peers and colleagues… Read more »

Pinterest… for Recruiting? Really?

Posted & filed under Intraplacement, Planning, Social Media, Staffing Tips.

Maybe you’ve read about Pinterest’s amazing stats. 11.7 million unique users by January 2012, making it the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. Drove more referral traffic to retailers than LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ combined in January 2012. Had a user base of 3.3 million people as of… Read more »

How to Execute Your Strategic Plan in 2013

Posted & filed under Planning, Staffing Tips.

Over the past several weeks, you’ve spent countless hours with your team in strategic planning sessions–assessing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying new opportunities, analyzing potential threats and setting the course for your business over the next 12 months. The result? An ambitious, yet achievable, strategic plan. Congratulations! You’ve cleared a major hurdle many organizations fail… Read more »