Staffing activity has reached its highest point since the start of the Great Recession nearly seven years ago, and, if the trend continues, could set a new record before the end of the year.
The American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index now stands at 104.75, just shy of the record 105.28 set for the week ending December 9, 2007. The Index measures weekly changes in temporary and contract employment as reported by agencies invited to participate in the weekly survey. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Five minutes ago, after taking the obligatory selfies and between games of Candy Crush, one of your employees texted from an Ebola quarantine tent to alert you that she will be out of work for 21 days while under observation for Ebola.
As an employer, what are your obligations? What workplace laws are implicated?
And of course, because half of you are thinking it, can you just fire her? Read more…
For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers (or those employing more than 50 full-time workers) face penalties if they fail to offer minimal coverage to employees. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance decisions were largely up to the individual business.
Beginning in 2016, large employers must report very specific information to the IRS to remain compliant, and the IRS has recently issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms. Read more…
Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.
This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.
Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.
When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…
Recently I was talking to The Gap about their innovations in performance management.
They are working hard so that performance management really is about helping people perform better, based on research around the importance of a growth mindset. It’s a big shift from focusing on the appraisal/review stage of the process.
I mentioned this shift in focus to Connie Costigan, Director Marketing Communications at Halogen Software. She said that this kind of shift would not be a problem for them; a modern performance management module has all the tools needed to reform how the process is done. Even if you never do appraisals, the software stills supports the broader goal of helping people perform better. Read more…
We sleep next to our phones, unlock the devices an average of 150 times each day, and we’re even seeing mobile device separation anxiety, or nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia), among today’s college students.
Yes, it was only a matter of time before our faithful e-companion would help us find talent to fill open positions, too.
Mobile recruitment has changed the way we hire, enabling us to maintain constant communication through a variety of channels. Though some companies have tried to adopt mobile recruitment strategies, it isn’t going well for all. Read more…
Research on the ROI of employee engagement has proven time and again that organizations that create an engaging environment perform better than their competitors.
Results show that engaged companies:
- Experience a 19.2 percent growth in operating income (over a 12-month period);
- Grow profits as much as three times more than their competitors; Read more…
Although characteristics found in almost any sport can be compared to business (great coaching, teamwork, cooperation, refuse-to-lose attitude, etc), business is most like baseball.
As we watch the San Francisco Giants battle it out with the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 World Series title, we are reminded that winning in baseball and succeeding in business requires talent, a good manager, great coaches, and leadership.
In baseball, the teams that generally make it to the playoffs are those that combine the best managers, coaching and player talent, opportunities, and front office leadership. In business, similar combinations result in success. Any one or even two of the aforementioned elements is not enough.
It’s the combination of all of them that spells success. Read more…
In a recent interview, DDI General Manager Simon Mitchell commented that a high proportion of CEOs and board-level executives see HR as “the least strategic function” within an organization based upon a major survey conducted with a broad base of global leaders and HR executives.*
This kind of survey feedback should certainly be a concern to Human Resources departments around the world who tirelessly strive to add value to their business and drive it forward.
HR’s organizational role has never been more critical. HR is the human capital driver of the business strategy. Read more…