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.

Sparking Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

Continually performing successfully at the forefront of your industry can be exhausting. Employees can run out of good ideas, creativity can be stifled and individual or corporate expression can be lost in revision after revision. Yet, that’s what it takes to be on top in today’s market. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

How to Make New Hires Feel Welcome

If you’ve stepped into any workplace in the past few years, you’ll notice a stark difference from the office space of last century. It used to be nose to the grindstone, all work and no play. But the office scene today is the new social scene. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Small Business Hiring 101: Using Big Data

Did you know that the ideal customer care or service employee is someone who lives close to their place of employment, has a reliable means of transportation, uses social media and is creative? According to XeroxVoice in Forbes, a candidate with these qualities and characteristics is more likely to stay at your small business. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

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

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.

Keeping Employees Working For You

Sometimes you have an employee that is just not showing as much promise as they did during their interview and you have to let them go. While unpleasant, this is a necessary part of the job to keep the company streamlined. On the other hand, you don’t want the people who are exceeding expectations to leave because they’re unhappy, which would be the opposite of streamlining. So what do you do to keep them happy? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Spark a Conversation: Employee Retention with Video Interviews

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Here at Spark Hire, we want to help companies utilize the power of online video to find the best candidates. We get a lot of questions from readers about best practices for using online video in the hiring process. These posts will address those questions about how to find your next superstar employee. Question: How can I use the video interview to improve employee retention? – Gerard from Chesapeake Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

What is Employee Engagement?

For quite some time now, Spark Hire has been talking about employee engagement to HR professionals all over. How can you improve your employee engagement? What are some things you can do to get your employees more engaged over the holidays? There are many more articles on the subject, but do we all truly know what employee engagement even is? It’s not simply the happiness of your employees, if that is what you thought. You can have plenty of employees that are perfectly happy with their work but are not necessarily engaged with it. Wouldn’t you agree that before you Continue reading

War For Talent Rages On #Infographic

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We have been mentioning it a good deal recently here on Spark Hire, but we’re not the only ones that have been noticing it! The war for talent is back on, and companies need to focus on retaining their current employee base before they think about hiring more. As of November 2012, the unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent. It’s still not the best, but it’s a slight improvement. In fact, according to this infographic below from Visual.ly, 31 percent of executive employees are thinking of leaving their organization in 2012. That’s pretty close to half and should signal an Continue reading