Face it. Performance management and employee reviews are the bane of existence for most managers—and the employees they manage! It’s unfortunate that a practice that should be designed to improve employee performance and contribution to the company, while developing career-related skills that are personally important, often becomes a dreaded—and, sometimes, contentious—once-a-year interaction. It doesn’t have […]
HR professionals are finding themselves caught between a rock and a hard place these days as they attempt to communicate with employees about impending legislative and policy changes that may affect their healthcare coverage, their benefit options, and more. Employees want answers, but HR and company leaders often don’t have those answers. How can you […]
Companies exert a great deal of time and effort to build their brands and position themselves positively, and effectively, relative to the competition. Much of that time and effort is focused externally—on creating marketing messages that are disseminated through a wide range of communication channels from the traditional (print, broadcast and outdoor) to the digital […]
A bias is a predisposition for or against something. We can be either favorably, or unfavorably, biased, although the word tends to carry more negative than positive connotations. The important point, though, is that we all naturally have biases—they’re an unavoidable fact of life. Whether related to issues, individuals or preferences in music, art, or […]
The political environment has certainly ramped up the level of potential dissension and discord within workplaces around the country. And, while that dissension and discord can be disruptive and divisive, there are times when it’s just what’s required to leverage the value of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. It’s a lesson NASA’s widely known “group […]
Once you’ve found a top candidate you want to boost the odds that they’ll accept your offer. But, data tells us that up to 39% of job offers are rejected. Why? John Zappe, contributing editor of ERE.net, calls it the “too low and too slow” syndrome: 39% of the time candidates reject an offer because they’re received another offer (too slow); 29% of the time because the compensation/benefits package didn’t meet their expectations (too low). We offer some guidance on improving in these two areas.
If there’s one thing this election cycle is doing it’s putting the concept of civility in the workplace front and center in conversations around the country. The volatility and polarization related to many of the issues front and center in what seem to be 24/7 media cycles, tend to spur conversations that continue into the workplace. What role should HR play in ensuring that employees understand expectations and are trained in effective methods of communication to ensure they don’t cross the line?
The economy has finally awakened from its long slumber, largely signified by the recent interest rate hikes the Fed has started to introduce after years of untouched, low rates. Naturally, a boosted economy means things are looking better on the jobs front. Interestingly enough, recent months have seen some fluctuations in unemployment numbers. According to […]
Managed Services Providers (MSPs) have enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years, and expectation for future growth are high. But cost is no longer the top reason for choosing an MSP. Companies are looking for efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhanced security and compliance, and freeing up IT staff for strategic work. They […]
Kieran Snyder, co-founder and CEO of Textio, explained that diction in job descriptions could be impacting who applies for tech jobs.