Avoid Hiring Bias with These 10 Tips

Hiring bias can be surprisingly hard to conquer, particularly when unconscious bias is involved. However, if diversity and inclusion are priorities, finding ways to avoid hiring bias is a must. If you don’t know where to begin, here are ten tips that can make overcoming hiring bias, including when it’s unconscious, easier.   1. Boost Awareness  Simply knowing that unconscious bias can pla...

A Guide to Being an Effective Manager in a Remote Work Environment

Managing a remote team often comes with challenges that don’t inherently exist in a traditional workplace. Additionally, many managers have only limited experience with overseeing telecommuting employees, and most may have had to figure out with COVID-19 looming over them.  Thankfully, it is possible to effectively manage a remote work environment, even if the paradigm is entirely new to you...

How to Create a Good Company Culture in a Virtual World 

When employees all report to the same physical workplace, they usually get to know each other relatively easily. Additionally, when they need assistance, help may only be a desk away. In time, this facilitates bonding and effective professional relationships, often leading to a positive culture.  However, when everyone is working remotely, many of these organic opportunities fail to arise. Ove...

7 Ways to Keep Your Remote Employees Engaged

During the pandemic, telecommuting quickly became the new normal. While working from home can boost productivity, it can also make engagement harder to manage. Company leaders may have difficulty keeping an eye on their teams, making it challenging for them to figure out if and how to intervene.  Additionally, the pandemic has led to rising stress levels. Over time, employees may experience an...

Here’s Why a Strong Company Culture is More Important Than Ever

Your company’s culture has always been a crucial factor. It impacts your employer brand, as well as how you’re perceived by the public. Over time, it’s becoming increasingly important in the eyes of candidates, influencing their decisions about whether an opportunity is worth pursuing.  Today, a strong company culture has never been so vital. We are living in tumultuous times, and profes...

Cost of a Bad Hire – And How to Prevent Them

On average, a single bad hire costs a company about $15,000. Often, larger businesses bear a bigger financial burden when a new employee doesn’t work out. For those with 500 to 999 workers, the average is a startling $22,000. If a company has more than 1,000 employees, the average is a cumbersome $24,000.  Even knowing the cost, 74 percent of hiring managers admit that they’ve made a bad h...

Is the Traditional Job Interview Dead?

Most companies rely heavily on a traditional interview process. After screening candidate resumes, they invite the top contenders for a conversation, allowing the hiring managers to ask questions and learn more about a job seeker’s capabilities.  However, this approach isn’t always ideal. A surprising 81 percent of candidates lie at some point during their interview, skewing an aspect of t...

Increase Employee Engagement with These 4 Tips

Effective management is about so much more than delegating tasks and following up with your employees. As a leader, it is your role to ensure that your employees are happy, engaged, and motivated. Every member of your team is different, so how do you accomplish this task and boost employee engagement for everyone, even with their different personalities? Here are some of the things you can do in your position as manager to help boost employee engagement.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Is motivation the job of managers or employees? While employees need to do their part too, a large portion of engagement needs to come from the top down. Employees look to their managers for direction and leadership, so how can you inspire your employees to go above and beyond? Here are several ideas you can use today to encourage your employees to remain focused and engaged on the job.

Breaking Down Barriers: The Case for Workplace Diversity

Your workplace doesn’t exist in a bubble. Every employee is different and as manager it is your job to ensure that everyone is comfortable working with one another. To embrace the diversity that is essential for a company’s success there are steps you can take to embrace the uniqueness of each employee. Here are a few ways to embrace the diversity of your workplace and engage your staff.

How Generational Differences Shape the Modern Workplace

Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials are all working together in the modern workplace. So how do generational differences affect the job market? It is believed that by 2020 millennials will make up 46% of the workforce. At the same time, baby boomers are beginning to retire. This will create a fundamental shift in the workforce dynamic that will impact the younger generations. Let’s take a closer look.

6 Ways to Have More Exciting (and Productive) Meetings

Company meetings are make-it or break-it for most managers. Too many meetings and the message is lost. Too few and your team doesn’t know how to find its footing. So how can you improve meetings and make them just right for your company? Rather than treating a meeting like a necessary evil think of it as your most important performance. Learn how to engage your audience and make your message count. Here are 6 tips to help you create both fun and productive meetings.

7 Ways Managers Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is one of the top issues with retention and productivity in the office. As a manager you’ve probably noticed some of the signs of burnout but you may not have known what to do about it. There is good news! You can help your team bounce back from career burnout before you lose them. Here are 7 ways you can help prevent it that you can start doing today.

A Manager’s Guide to Mastering Work/Life Balance

The phrase “work/life balance” has been buzzing around corporate environments for many years now and still managers and employees alike are having a hard time determining what that really means within the context of their business environment. The key to unlocking the work/life balance mystery seems to be the employees themselves. Management can make determinations about working schedules and ...

The New Interview: How Millennials Are Changing the Process

Did you know that not all interviews are created equal? Managers need to know how to tailor their line of questioning for their audience and this has never been more apparent than with the millennial generation. This group of young people are entering the workforce at a rapid rate quickly outnumbering the other generations. When interviewing millennial for a position it is important to approach th...

4 Tips to Kick Off Your Office Wellness Initiatives

Healthcare costs continue to rise and workplace stress is one of the leading contributors to hypertension, heart disease, and related conditions. If employees in the United States don’t change their attitude about wellness soon, it may be too late. This is one of the reasons that many organizations are embracing employee wellness programs to encourage their staff to make healthier choices both i...

Deck the Halls with Distraction: Staying Productive During the Holidays

The holidays are a difficult time for many employees. Stress levels are up, engagement levels are down. It’s the end of the year and some employees, and even managers, use this time to take a step back and reassess the year behind and plan for the one ahead. Procrastination is a popular work avoidance method and when so many distractions are all around it is easy to push things aside to do later...

Company ID: How to Make Your Company Culture Work for You

Your company culture is about more than just your mission statement and dress code. How your company defines itself is essential for attracting the right kinds of employees who will be loyal to your organization. You have a lot of competition in your market but company culture is what can set you apart. Here are a few ways you can evaluate your company and establish your own unique culture. Your...

3 Reasons to Work with Contract IT Employees

If you're in need of skilled information technology workers you've probably debated the finer points of hiring multiple times. While you can hire someone in house there are times when working with a contractor will be to your advantage. Here are three of the top reasons you may want to work with a contract IT employee. You only have finite work. The worst case scenario for any employer is to h...

The Secret of Work/Life Balance

A big buzzword over the last couple of years has been "Work/Life Balance." What does it really mean and how does it affect your business? In today's job market, especially with the influx of millennial workers and the changing priorities of the boomer generation, there has been a big change in what employees are expecting when it comes to the time they spend on the job versus their quality free...

Why Your Best Employees Might Leave (And How to Keep Them Around)

When the bottom fell out of the market in 2007, companies scrambled to make major changes in their organizations. Talented individuals lost their jobs and other businesses simply weren't hiring. Many professionals who were still employed were concerned about leaving their jobs even if they were unhappy. In just the last 7 years the job market has turned around. Dissatisfied employees feel more con...

How Much is Your Bad Hire Really Costing You?

Did you know that you can expect to spend $25,000 to $50,000 for each bad hiring decision you make? This is just the cost in addition to the salary you've offered and are paying during the time they continue to work. Careerbuilder surveyed companies in 2011 to determine the cost of bad hires and 41% of the responding companies indicated that a bad hire cost them an additional $25,000 at the time. ...

How to Know When It’s Time to Hire

All executives and small business owners understand the panic that sets in when it comes to hiring. Whether the reason is amicable or unpleasant, the hiring process can be challenging. Time is of the essence when you're replacing a critical role and a replacement isn't the only reason you need to consider your hiring strategy. How do you know when it is the right time to bring a new employee on bo...

How Recruiting Will Revolutionize Your Hiring Process

Is your business looking for talent to fill an existing role or take on a project? The cost of hiring goes beyond advertising and a salary and it can be very time consuming for busy managers and business owners. The wrong decision can lead to exponential problems in your company. Working with a professional recruiting firm can help take this tension off your shoulders and allow you to continue foc...

The HR Nightmare: Why Your Top Candidate Turned You Down

Hiring is a complex game. You have to find exactly the right candidates at exactly the right time. They have to have the precise skills you're looking for and fit the corporate culture and environment. Or do they? What if it is simpler than that? Hiring superstar candidates may be more about your hiring process than about candidate perfection. Have you ever experienced a situation where you ...

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