Talent Management

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Get Great Engagement Out of Your Seasonal Workers

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The Holiday Season is fast approaching, meaning retailers and restaurants all across the country are preparing to hire seasonal and part-time staff to help with the added foot traffic.

However, because of the fleeting nature of seasonal positions and the fact that these industries tend to have higher-than-average turnover, it can be difficult to engage and retain temporary staff when the work ramps up. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Power of Feedback in Improving Employee Performance

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I’ve got a cool story for you about the power of sharing feedback — both positive and negative.

A while back, I wrote a letter to the president of my credit union (let’s call her Sarah). I wanted to let her know about a teller who was consistently cold and impersonal. Whether she was waiting on me or another member, she would have this sullen, “I hate my job” expression.

I never saw her looking friendly or happy. Ever. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

3 Things to Help Hold on to Recent College Graduates

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In many ways, recent college graduates are the perfect candidates to hire. They’re young, fresh, and willing to learn.

However, they also come with a problem: Most recent grads don’t stay with an organization very long.

A new study by America Employed found that 77 percent of franchises surveyed said they expected new graduates to leave within a year. This can be frustrating to hiring managers, who have to continuously find new talent, as well as being costly for the organization (they’re constantly having to onboard and train, and high turnover hurts productivity). Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why Micromanagement Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

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On a flight home last week, I started thinking about the many different bosses I have had.

From my first job stocking shelves at the local Wal-Mart to save up for my first car – a Pontiac Grand Am sedan, if you are curious – to my current position as VP of Strategy and Industry Relations at Ceridian, I have been blessed in the sense that for the most part, my bosses have gotten progressively better as I advanced in my career.

As I was thinking about these different people, I asked myself what made me like them and enjoy working for them? Read more…

Talent Management

Open Offices? They May Actually Be Damaging Employee Productivity

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Compensation and benefits covers a lot of ground. Can we consider it to also, well, literally cover ground?

I’m asking this after a recent dinner with close friends.

Jane works for a very large, multi-national high technology company. She’s been with this company more than two decades as a very highly educated and skilled engineering professional. During that time, she’s changed desk locations, offices, even states (having moved between coasts of the United States).

But it’s her latest move that’s causing her the most problems. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Art of Feedback: It’s About Being Thoughtful, Calm, and Specific

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Long ago, I received an especially confusing piece of negative feedback:

Remember three or four months ago at that event? You did something wrong. I can’t remember what it was exactly, but I remember that it wasn’t good.”

I was baffled and didn’t gain much from the conversation.

What I did learn was that getting comfortable with giving effective negative feedback can be a challenge for managers, new and old alike. Read more…

Global HR, Talent Management

A Few Things to Consider If You Want My Help in Finding a Job

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Thank you for accepting my request. l am currently looking for a job and l was wondering if you could help me? l am in Dubai on a tourist visa. Please find below my CV.

Can you kindly review my CV and help me find a job?

My husband needs a new job. He is a hard worker; please help him find a job.

I am a mechanical engineer; can you get me job in your firm?

All in a week’s work. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Why You Need to Be Doing Retention Interviews

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A retention interview is not a performance appraisal; it is not about how the person is doing his or her job. It is not a job satisfaction or employee engagement survey.

A retention interview is about what the company is doing (or not doing) that frustrates their top performers.

If you’d like to create your own retention interview, here are a few pointers to keep in mind: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Why Hiring Boomerang Employees Makes So Much Sense

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Employees quit their jobs for various reasons — career advancement, higher salaries, increased benefits, better commute and more opportunities.

And you know what they say: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and sometimes you’ll find an employee that wants to come back “home.”

As an employer, you have to decide whether or not you want to rehire this “boomerang employee.” There are certainly advantages to rehiring  a former worker, but there are disadvantages to consider as well. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

What a Brand New Employee Needs from You Most

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I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that I’m a proud cynic.

The definition of “cynic” varies slightly from dictionary to dictionary, but most say something along the lines of “distrustful or scornful of others’ motives.”

However, I think that’s a little harsh. I prefer to define my world view as a pragmatic recognition that most people most of the time will behave to further their self-interests. Read more…