Articles tagged 'Onboarding'

Legal Issues, Talent Management

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What You Should Know About Ban the Box

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Cue the Western music….

A lot of employers are nervous about a new villain riding into town called “Ban the Box.” It refers a movement that has been successfully convincing legislators to force employers to remove the box on job applications that asks applicants the question “Have you been convicted of crime?

There has been a real showdown between advocates and opponents of Ban the Box, oftentimes with employers caught in the middle.

So what are the pros and cons of Ban the Box, and how do organizations avoid having things turn ugly? Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends.

The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.

Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

City of Austin Shows the Wrong Way to Handle “Ban the Box”

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Question: What do you get when you combine “ban the box” compliance with utterly idiotic hiring practices? (I know I’m supposed to be diplomatic but no can do in this instance.)

Answer: Ask the city of Austin, Texas, who hired a six-time convict to work in their public library — and who just plead guilty to attempted indecency with a child.

Before we dig into the details, let me show you the resume (see: rap sheet) of said employee, Joe Heath, brought with him to the Austin Public library where he would come in regular contact with the public, including children. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Hiring For Core Values Is a Good Start, But There’s More to It Than That

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This won’t be surprising to regular readers of this blog, but I am a firm believer in the importance of hiring people who personally reflect your organization’s core values.

Why? Because it makes it that much easier to embed your values into the way they work every day.

Of course, I’m not unique in my thinking. I’m sure many of you agree with the approach. Read more…

Legal Issues

Ban the Box Has Turned Into a Big Employer Problem

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Ban the box has gone viral.

And while the removal of this little check box has potentially made life easier for job seekers with a criminal past, it has created much confusion and frustration for employers.

If you haven’t been in the loop, “ban the box” is the catchy phrase that refers to removal of the check box on a job application asking whether a candidate has been convicted of a crime. Ban the box shows no signs of slowing down, and it’s creating new headaches, not to mention real risks, for employers across the country. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Technology

How Is Your HR Department Doing Covering Its … Assets?

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HR departments are the sentries of the office, with access to sensitive personnel records such as health information, I-9 documents as well as salary details, records that can take up loads of file cabinet space, and not to mention, archived data that is located off site.

But what If you suddenly find yourself asking these questions:

  • Is our vast personnel (past and present) data secure?
  • How much time is paper-management costing us? Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: What Can You Learn from Your Last Hiring Mistake?

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Every poor performer and bad hire can be traced to a flaw in the hiring system and represents an opportunity to improve that system.

Think about your most recent unsatisfactory hiring decision and ask yourself:

  1. What is the specific reason this person is unsatisfactory?
  2. If it’s an attitude problem (which it most often is), does your system include attitude testing and/or do you ask interview questions that explore attitudes. When you checked references, did you ask about attitude? Read more…
HR Basics, HR Management

Indiana Restricts Criminal History Info That Might Be Sent to Employers

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Effective July 1, Indiana has a new rule on what information “criminal history providers” can report in employment background checks.

This latest version of Ind. Code § 24-4-18-6 makes a technical correction to the law and clears up a few things. Unlike previous versions of the statute, the new law allows reporting of non-conviction and pending records as long as the information is within the 7 year window required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

As it now reads, the law limits reporting of expunged records and sealed records — records that any compliant screening company wouldn’t give you anyway. It also prohibits reporting certain classes of felonies that have been reduced or converted to a misdemeanor, and creates a statutory cause of action for the intentional or “knowing” act of reporting an inaccurate record. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Why You Should Hire Criminals

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As I’ve said before, Ignite HR is an intriguing and very different type of conference format.

Speakers get only five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide for their presentation, and this makes for a fast-moving and (sometimes) memorable presentation. If nothing else, it moves the topic along pretty quickly.

It’s also why the session title is critical to pulling the audience in quickly. A highly engaging title can really help to pull people into the topic a lot quicker, and in some ways, reduce a bit the fast-moving and sometimes abrupt nature of the Ignite HR format. Read more…

Legal Issues

The Background Check Checklist: Avoiding Pitfalls in Screening Process

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By Samantha Southall

There was a time when employment background checks were reserved for those entering very specific careers; government jobs with access to sensitive information, those working closely with children or finances and a handful of other public-facing corporate positions.

But in the last two decades, technology has made conducting background checks faster, cheaper and more convenient for employers. According to data from the Society of Human Resource Management, 73 percent of employers use criminal background checks on employees. Read more…