Articles tagged 'recruiting & staffing'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: With Employees, Does Personality Trump Skills, Competence?

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A long time ago, I worked with a company that valued managers with great personalities over just about anything else.

There was one particular guy who corporate management viewed as a superstar because he had such great “presence.” He had been lauded with all sorts of company honors, and although he certainly did make a great impression when you met him, it was hard to tell just what it was he did well.

A guy who worked closely with him (who later worked for me) started talking about this superstar manager one night over a drink. When I asked him what made ‘Tom” such a star, this guy rolled his eyes and said, “Tom can be really difficult to work for. Yeah, he has great  presence, but he also has the attention span of a gnat.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Many Ways We Seem to Discount Employees

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No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!

Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing

The Most Effective Job Referral Approach You’ll Ever Find

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Most managers already realize that employee referral programs routinely produce the highest quality of hires, but few know that the “Give Me 5” program produces the highest-performing hires of any individual referral approach.

The “Give Me 5 Names” tool is easy, fast, and free. You start by proactively approaching individual top performers in the target job area, but instead of asking them the standard question “do you know anyone?” (which usually draws a blank), you instead stimulate their recollection by using an effective memory stimulation trick known as “a retrieval cue.”

What you do is stimulate the employee’s memory by asking them a more targeted question like “name the best innovator who you know in this field. Almost without exception, providing that “cue” (innovator) will result in them providing you with the name of an innovator who they know. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Rewards & Recognition

Employee Retention: It’s Really a Workplace “Stickiness” Problem

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“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”

How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”

History shows that’s just not true. For the last 25 years, tenure has been consistently low across nearly all age ranges. And the youngest generation in the workplace tends to stay the shortest amount of time (which is not surprising considering where they are in their careers).

More recent data published in The Wall Street Journal shows average tenure across occupations doesn’t even reach five (5) years. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: The High Cost of New Hires

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The most expensive person you’ll ever hire is the one you have to fire.

If it seems like more trouble than it’s worth to set a high standard, do a thorough job, and hire tough, here are just some of the repercussions if you don’t: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Another Sign of Tighter Labor Markets: Time to Fill Rates Getting Longer

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With the economy adding jobs at the fastest clip since the depression began eight years, it’s taking longer and longer to fill vacancies. In January, the national average was almost 26 working days, an increase of 3.5 days in the 12 months from the previous January.

The Dice-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration Measure, a sophisticated measure of how long it’s taking employers to fill jobs, came in at 25.7 working days. That’s just off from the 15-year high of 26.5 days recorded for last August.

“U.S. labor markets continue to tighten, albeit at a modest pace,” said Dr. Steven Davis, William H. Abbott professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and co-creator of the vacancy measure. “Evidence of labor market tightening is seen in rising vacancy durations and declining unemployment rates.” Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Stop Relying on Job Descriptions and Find Candidates You Really Want

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Job descriptions, those horribly written, barely comprehensible strings of roughly 500 words of stuff that only barely resembles reality if you squint hard, are the coin of the realm in the recruiting world.

And no matter how much we complain about them to each other, they remain as unchanging as a rerun.

Not only do they persist, but recruiters and talent acquisition professionals continue to rely on them at every stage of the recruiting process. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: HighPo’s Are Great, But High Producers Pay the Bills

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High Potential, or High Producer?

The difference between these two desirable types of recruits or employees are that the High Producer is a proven entity who makes the numbers now, while the High Potential is a promising. potentially High Producer.

Because of this difference, the High Potential is most likely getting a lot of recognition, challenges, and interesting work. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Why We Need to Put an End to the “War For Talent”

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When resources are vital but scarce, our basic instincts lead us to provoke a conflict, to fight, and to go to war in order to claim it all for our own well-being. This explains most of the catastrophes and destructions in world history.

This is why I am not a fan of the “war for talent” concept. I do agree with the fact that talent is also vital and scarce, but being at war is not the best thing to do in managing our talent pipeline.

When we define talent management as a “war,” we focus only on competing with each other and undermine our inevitable need for collaboration. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

When It Comes to Big Data, Don’t Forget the Human Element

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Big data and people analytics are two of the hottest topics in recruitment this year, but for employers yet to explore the world of HR technology, the wealth of information available can be overwhelming.

Hiring managers and recruiters have a broad range of tools at their disposal to streamline the hiring process and make it easier to connect with qualified candidates – but where do they start?

In the race to attract and hire top talent, concern understandably exists over the trend toward forgetting the human element. Successful recruitment is about building trust with top performers. Automated recruitment offers time and cost savings, but cannot replace genuine rapport.

Incorporate the advantages of technology within your hiring process to attract the best talent. Read more…