Spark Beat: Hiring New Grads

Hiring recent college graduates has always been a gamble on some level. The lack of solid work experience, if nothing else, requires a leap of faith (non-traditional student grads notwithstanding). However, the employment landscape is changing so quickly for both employers and college students, that it’s important to revisit the subject now and again. Recent graduates are facing more difficulties than ever finding jobs, all with the weight of record high student loan debt. At the same time, employers are utilizing internship programs to an unprecedented degree, and both sides are trying to find a salary that will keep the Continue reading

7 Ways to Be a Better Company

Your company is only as good as your employees. Therefore, when your employees suffer, so does the company. Employee benefits go a long way in keeping employees happy, and The National Association for Business Resources found the best ways to keep employees happy when they measured the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, as reported by TIME. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Counterpoint: Why HR is a Necessity, Not a Necessary Evil

Human Resources departments are taking a lot of flack lately. It seems the Toby Flendersons of the world have given poor HR people a bad rep. I’m here to tell you, though, that not only do I love HR (and no for the record I am not an HR manager) but that HR is crucial to the success of a company and its workplace environment. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

How to Get Along with Your Boss

Bosses don’t just come in different shapes and sizes; they come with different personalities too. In each job, you’re going to encounter a variety of bosses, from the boss that wants to be your best bud to the boss that you just can’t seem to satisfy. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Interdepartmental Communication

How many times have you thought to yourself, “Those people over in the ______ department don’t do anything!”? As satisfying as it is to gripe about the other people in your company, this is an unhealthy way to think of your co-workers (and it probably isn’t true anyway). It is also a symptom of poor interdepartmental communication. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Exit Interviews: What’s the Purpose for the Company?

For some employees, the exit interview is the dreaded last step before they can walk away from a job. For some employers, the exit interview is often a perfunctory exercise that yields few actual productive results. Human Resources expert Sharlyn Lauby at hrbartender.com says the ill fate of the exit interview is due to a problem in planning in mindset which can easily be turned right and be used productively. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

New Season, New Outlook: How to Increase Your Job Satisfaction

If you’ve been unhappy in your current job, it’s time to shake off those blues. Spring has officially sprung, and with that, so should a new attitude. A Right Management survey last year indicated that roughly two-thirds of the population were dissatisfied with their job, but a recovering economy doesn’t necessarily breed fertile job hunting grounds. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Bullying in the Workplace

We may think that bullying is confined to the walls of high school. Every teen movie imaginable follows some sort of mantra that everything will get better after high school; that bullies just magically disappear. We know, however, that isn’t necessarily true. Bullies still exist in the workplace, and as sports fans recently learned, in the college coaching ranks. So what can we learn from the latest bullying scandal involving now former Rutger’s head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally assaulting his players, and how can it be applied to the workplace? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest Continue reading

The Work/Life Balance: Does a BYOD Policy Blur the Line?

A “bring your own device” policy allows employees to do exactly that: bring their own preferred device to work. One of the advantages of such a policy is that employees can seamlessly integrate their work and personal needs on one device, whether a phone, laptop computer, or tablet. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.