Articles tagged 'hiring'

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Skilled Worker Shortages Are Slowly Starting to Push Pay Upward

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Reports from the Federal Reserve say that a shortage of skilled workers in a variety of trades are showing up here and there across the U.S., putting upward pressure on pay.

Employers are having to pay more to attract workers in construction and manufacturing in several parts of the U.S. In parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic region, and the Northern Plains states, transportation workers are seeing somewhat higher pay. And in New York the number of workers quitting to take higher paying jobs is on the rise. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: Simplifying the Recruiting of Hourly Workers

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Most of the innovation we have seen in HR technology has been aimed at professional and managerial employees.

Take recruitment: the typical recruitment application asks a candidate to sit down at a PC and submit a resume. For someone looking for a job as a short-order cook, janitor or cashier, submitting a resume is overkill and presents a barrier to quickly filling the job.

Furthermore, many hourly workers do not have ready access to a PC. That’s another barrier to what should be a simple recruitment task. The recruitment tools that seem perfect for hiring professionals are awkward and ineffective for hiring hourly workers. Read more…

Classic TLNT

3 Good Reasons You Should Re-Hire Someone You Fired

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

There is an unwritten HR law that needs to be addressed. This law states: “If you fire an employee, at no time in the history of mankind should you hire back that employee to your organization.”

So it is said, so shall it be…

I was reading an article recently about ESPN’s new CEO, John Skipper, when he was asked about bringing back former polarizing Sports Center anchor Keith Olbermann. Here’s what Skipper had to say about the possibility of bringing back Olbermann: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Temp Staffing Still Rising as Time to Fill Rates Get Even Longer

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On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temporary agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temporary employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Survey Says Nearly One-Third of Employers Plan to Hire This Quarter

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In what could be the strongest finish since before the Great Recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more than what they told CareerBuilder they planned. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: How You Should Deal With Underperformers

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It’s pretty much the norm that about 10 percent of your employees will always fall into the “underperformers” camp.

If you are tired of the headaches they routinely cause, here are the only two ways you can permanently remedy the situation:

1. Increase accountability while simultaneously reducing your tolerance level. Specifically, make everyone accountable for their own performance, starting with you. You are the one who hired the underperformer and you are the one letting it slide. Read more…

HR News & Trends

September Report Shows Hiring Up, Unemployment Down to 6-Year Low

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Propelled by strong hiring across a range of occupations and industries, September saw 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, which helped drive down unemployment to a six-year low of 5.9 percent.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also adjusted upward its count of hiring in August and July, increasing both by a combined 69,000 jobs. August’s initial anemic 142,000 estimate, which surprised analysts and prompted worrying about a hiring pause, was upped to 180,000.

Economists predicted September’s numbers would be in the 215,000 to 220,000 range. The higher number, plus the upward revisions, says that the August slowdown — only the second time this year hiring was under 200,000 — man just have been a blip. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

What You Should Know About Recruiting Millennials

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The workforce is changing. Millennials are entering the workforce in droves and can add so much to an organization.

While managing Millennials can pose some interesting challenges to management, the upside is tremendous, with the fresh ideas and hard work they bring.

Before you can start strategizing on managing your Millennial workforce first you need to recruit them, and just like managing Millennials is different, they need to be recruited differently as well. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New Washington D.C. Law Goes Well Beyond Ban the Box

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With over a year of debate and some last-minute amendments, the District of Columbia’s Council recently passed a ban-the-box law that includes its own unique list of considerations before an employer can withdraw an offer of employment based on criminal history.

The Council vote was 12-1; only Chairman Phil Mendelson voted against the bill.

In an interview, Mendelson said that he supports the “basic thrust” of the legislation but that late amendments were “troublesome,” giving ex-offenders greater rights in the hiring process than other citizens.

“This goes way beyond ‘ban the box’ and into telling businesses how to hire,” he said. “How much do we want to regulate how a business wants to hire somebody?” Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

It Pays to Hire People From Really Crappy Companies

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As some of you may have realized from recent posts (like Wanted: People Who Aren’t Stupid), I’ve been interviewing candidates recently for the position of Technical Recruiter working for my company, HRU.

I love interviewing because each time I interview I think I’ve discovered a better way to do it, or something new I should be looking for, and this most recent round of interviews is no different.

Like most HR/Talent Pros, I’m always interested in quality work/co-op/internship experience because, let’s face it, it’s been drilled into us – past performance/actions will predict future performance/actions. Read more…