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Holiday Weekends & Work Productivity

By: Casey Siewert Friday May 23, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Engagement

Holiday Weekends & Work Productivity

Are you still working today? Most of you have already probably left the office, but for those of you still sitting at your desk: how productive are you right now? I bet most of you are thinking about all the things you can squeeze into your long weekend. Most of us are -- don't feel bad about it, unless of course you have some deadlines looming. Since your attention span is probably comparable to that of a gnat right now, here are two of our favorite tips on leveraging your Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend to make your... Read More


ATTN: Recruiters -- 2.3 Million Employees Quit in a Month

By: James Dix Thursday April 24, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Turnover

ATTN: Recruiters -- 2.3 Million Employees Quit in a Month

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over the last 18 months, more and more employees have been willing to voluntarily quit their jobs. On the other side, fewer and fewer employees are being laid off or discharged. While this trend could be related to employee dissatisfaction , more confidence in the US job market , or less reliance on employer healthcare , the fact remains that nearly 2.3 million employees quit their jobs each month. The BLS measures turnover (or "separations") in several different categories.... Read More


Do you post "I'm Hiring!" on LinkedIn?

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday April 15, 2014 comments Tags: Hiring, Human Resources, Networking, Recruiting, Sourcing

Do you post

Are you a recruiter that tries to get great candidates from posting a generic "I'm Hiring for a [job title]" on LinkedIn? Okay, we heard you. Is that all you have to say? Am I supposed to just send over anyone I know that might qualify for the job? Why would I do that? Just because I'm your friend or because I'm connected to you? Probably not. If I see your "I'm Hiring" post on LinkedIn, I breeze right by and move down to someone who is posting some interesting, relevant content that I want to read. Am I the only person that... Read More


What Is A Recruiter's Favorite Board Game?

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday April 1, 2014 comments Tags: Connecting, Human Resources, Networking, Recruiting, Sourcing

What Is A Recruiter's Favorite Board Game?

No, this isn't a joke... Recruiters have many different styles and approaches, but I find that the truly successful ones approach their life (not just their workday) as a big game of Connect Four .  For those of you that remember that game, it's a 2-person game that is played with colored disks in a suspended grid. Each player alternates turns, and the first one to "connect four" of their disks in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) wins. I didn't know this when I was a kid, but there's a mathematical formula whereby... Read More


Referral Program Design: Recognition versus Recall

By: James Dix Thursday March 20, 2014 comments Tags: HR, Human Resources, Recruiting, Referral Link, Sourcing

Referral Program Design: Recognition versus Recall

The human brain is a highly complex organ, and two ways to retrieve information tucked away in memory are recognition and recall. To put it simply, the difference between recognition and recall is whether or not stimulus is present; recall lacks stimulus. A fill-in-the-blank test requires recalling the correct answer whereas a multiple choice test requires recognizing the correct answer from a list. Recall tends to be harder because it lacks hints to point the brain in the right direction. The concept of recognition being superior to... Read More


Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?

By: Casey Siewert Wednesday March 5, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Recruiting

What is Employee Engagement, and why does it matter to my organization? It is the heartbeat of your organization. It's ensuring your employees care about the outcome of their work. Not just for the bottom-line, but to contribute to something bigger, and to have a purpose in their work. It's making sure your top talent doesn't leave and go to your competition. It's the reason your top talent wants to refer their top-talent friends to work with them. Think it's not a big deal? You might be right. Then again, you might not... Read More


Can HR Be Innovation Revolutionaries?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday February 25, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, social HR

Human Resources is not traditionally thought of as a hot bed of innovation. Most HR people are steady, thoughtful and deliberate. Good thing too - who would want HR to be a "risk taking" group. But in my opinion this is exactly where the next decade of innovation has to come from. The way people (employees if you must) interact with the company they work for is rapidly changing. Traditional concepts around career growth, employee engagement, recruiting, screening and retention are all changing rapidly. The relationship that kids in high... Read More


What is Human Resources Worried About?

By: Casey Siewert Thursday February 20, 2014 comments Tags: Company Culture, Documentation, Employee Referrals, Hiring, Human Resources, On-boarding

What is Human Resources Worried About?

Every Human Resources organization is different, but in my experience I can tell you that  HR usually worries about a mix of these 4 things: Creating a Great Culture Leadership Development Employee On-boarding Documentation Culture - this is always an interesting one for me. HR is usually tasked with making sure the organization has a great culture. How does this happen? Well it starts with hiring the right people .  After that, culture is usually developed through training, leadership approach, promotional... Read More