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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
As the first month of our new year comes to a close, employers all over should be taking a minute to reflect on not only the past but also how your company fared this first month. You will want to see if you and your team got back into the swing of things after the holidays. Are productivity levels up or are they stagnant? Are your employees engaged? If not, are you and other leaders doing whatever you can to improve employee engagement? How is your turnover rate so far? These are questions you will want to start asking yourself Continue reading
Have you ever been in a relationship and felt completely stifled? Like everything you did was being watched and scrutinized? Perhaps your partner was trying to exert some kind of control over what you were doing and wanted to know where you were and what you were doing at all times. We have established the fact that Spark Hire is not a dating site, right? Yes, we have, but the fact of the matter is that although we may not be a dating site, this is exactly what it feels like to be on the receiving end of micromanagement. Yikes! Continue reading
For this week’s podcast, we start off talking about what employee engagement actually is. For quite some time now Spark Hire has been discussing how companies can improve employee engagement, but do we all really know what it is? Tune in if you’re not so sure yourself. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.