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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
You may have no idea who Zach Nelson is, and perhaps you’ve never heard of NetSuite either. However, there is much hiring managers can learn from the way he is dealing with his company’s expansion. Since his company went public in 2007, it has nearly doubled in size. That seems like a dream to most business leaders, but it wasn’t experienced without any difficulty. As NetSuite- a company that specializes in customer-management and logistics software- started to grow, Nelson and his chief people officer Marty Réaume realized they were having an issue with retaining employees. It’s an issue many companies Continue reading
Can you confidently say that you have a happy, satisfied workforce? You may be hiring for open or new positions and want to show top candidates that your company is a great one to work for. Are your current employees happy though? Can you sell a great company culture to new employees if your current workforce is unhappy? The answer to that is a big “no.” In order to attract top candidates to your company you need to first be sure you are taking care of your current employees as best you can. That means focusing on employee retention. Before Continue reading