The ‘Stay Interview’ – An Improvement On the Exit Interview

If you’re like most managers, you probably hold regular performance reviews that are designed to let employees know how they’re doing, and give them a chance to improve on their weaknesses. But what about performance reviews for you, the employer? Wouldn’t it make sense to give employees an opportunity to tell you, as an organization, how you’re doing? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Answering the Questions on the Minds of New Hires

Questions rule the job search and new hire process. From those in the interview to the inquiries throughout the first few weeks, recruiters and job candidates alike are riddled by many different things. While most questions are answered in great detail, there are a few crucial questions that go unanswered. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

5 Things that Great Companies Do

Recently, TIME explored the eight qualities that make a boss great. But why stop there? When it comes to the workplace, we all want more than just great bosses. We want great everything. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Why Effective Hiring Strategies Include Effective Firing Strategies

When crafting effective hiring strategies, employers consider cost, resources and the benefits of using various resources. HR departments spend countless hours developing comprehensive onboarding programs to train and develop new employees efficiently and expediently. The goal: attraction, retention and motivation. Yet few companies consider their firing, or termination, strategies in this process. But effective and respectful firing strategies play an important role in the hiring process. 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.

5 Reasons Why Your Office is Boring

Sure, we don’t expect every day at the office to be a carnival. Although it’d be nice. Popcorn, elephant rides, your boss putting his head in a lion’s mouth… Anyway, suffice to say a little excitement would be a welcome event in most offices. Further, it turns out that being bored in the office can be a real productivity killer. Employees who are bored in the office are less efficient, more prone to mistakes, and occasionally even fail at tasks on purpose. Those blows to your bottom line can be more costly than a barrel of monkeys. Here are the Continue reading

Google It: What HR Professionals Can Learn from the Internet Giant on Keeping Employees Happy

There’s a certain mystique that emanates from Silicon Valley–it’s not just about the wealth of funds and technology–it’s also about the happiness of those who work in its luxurious campuses. You hear stories of fun and creativity, free massages and gourmet cafeterias. After all, we ourselves wrote recently that Google was named the best place to work for 2013 and noted the appearance of several tech companies on the list. While your company may not have the resources to be the next Google (read: no dinosaurs or swimming pools in the office), the internet mecca can still offer valuable insight Continue reading

Spark Hire’s February HR Faves

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At Spark Hire, we see so many great articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and even memes every month. So we decided to take a moment to share some of our favorites from around the wide world of the web. This is our way of highlighting the best…and sharing them with you! The list might not contain any grumpy cats, but it is filled with top-notch information to help you hire the right people. Without further ado, here is some of the best HR content you might have missed this February:  Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive Continue reading

Signs of a Poor Manager

Have you ever had a bad boss? Chances are yes, because if you have been in the job market and had even just a few jobs, the likelihood of one of those bosses being terrible is pretty high. A bad boss can really make an employee’s day- well, everyday for that matter- awful. Bad managers can also bring the morale of the entire team down while compromising the company culture. It’s easy to spot a bad boss for yourself, but do you think you would be able to tell if you were a bad boss or not? What if you Continue reading

4 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a motivated employee produces not only more results, but better results than their apathetic colleagues. Not only that, but motivated employees usually enjoy their job and are fully engaged with it. They want to do a great job and constantly seek to best themselves time and time again. Their energy and drive likely leads your team and motivates others around them to get the ball rolling in the right direction. As you can see, motivated employees are somewhat of a goldmine, so it’s no secret employers and team leaders want Continue reading