Another layer of precision and compliance surrounds your employees who require certification, or some type of license in order to perform their job legally. There are all kinds of job roles that require or benefit from certification, including: CIO, IT security analyst, security engineer or architect, information assurance program manager and senior IT auditor, among

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I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to believe that we’re already into the 2nd quarter of 2018. And while the weather keeps jumping from hints of Spring to full-on Winter, time marches on in our businesses. If you’re like most HR professionals, the seasons of being busy never go away, and that’s why

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Last week, I wrote about the best technology onboarding practices for your employees in Unleashing the Power of Technology On Your Employee Onboarding Process (Part I). But wait, there’s more!   PRE Boarding As we’ve written previously, one of the most often missed opportunities of effective onboarding is found before a new hire’s first day

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Today’s employee onboarding process is much more than an administrative process. The technological advances of intelligent automation, paperless forms, and artificial intelligence serve to streamline the onboarding process for new employees, while delivering tremendous benefits to your business or HR department. A smooth and efficient employee onboarding process can help prevent bad hires, integrate new

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There are many ways to deliver your employee onboarding process. Options include everything from the antiquated paper route to the modern paperless forms, human effort to intelligent automation, and a mix and match of everything in between. And while there may be many ways to go about one of the most important aspects of your

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Folks, we’re in the thick of it. It’s hard to recall from memory or history books when immigration was such an important and hot topic for our country. Don’t worry, this isn’t about to turn political. We the people who make up our country are the same ones who make up our companies, our economic

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The Power of Pre-Onboarding

Posted by Ben Olson at 04 Jan 2018

Most organizations recognize the fundamental importance of effective onboarding. However, in spite of all the statistics that support onboarding in the hiring, engagement, productivity, and retention of a new hire, there are numerous details that “fall through the cracks”, so to speak. According to an Allied Workforce Survey, four out of five companies don’t have

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Twas a few nights before Christmas, and I was sleeping soundly in my bed. Last minute visions of gifts to purchase, and finalizing year-end financials danced in my head. It was quite the odd dream that started playing as I was whisked away, suddenly appearing in the North Pole, I arrived in Santa’s sleigh. I’m

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Can you believe it? We’re in the homestretch of 2017. Businesses who still perform annual performance reviews are either already evaluating, or are about to begin. Budgets for 2018 are being devised and finalized for approval. Massive effort is being put into finishing the fiscal year on a high note, and mastermind sessions are creating

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Do you remember the last first day you had on your new job? If your experience was like most, it was filled with excitement, maybe a little nervousness, and most certainly a lot of…paperwork. The typical onboarding process starts when a new hire enters the building for the first day. She spends her time filling

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Just as fast as technology continues to evolve, so come the statistics that overwhelmingly support the role of effective onboarding for businesses and organizations. With a pervasive skills gap throughout the global workforce, an increasing movement toward remote workers, new health care initiatives, and ever-increasing compliance requirements, it’s a daunting task to recruit, hire, and

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Let’s face it, today’s onboarding process can be riddled with stress and a mind-numbing workload. With a skills gap that spans over almost every industry, finding strong potential candidates to fill your open position is daunting. Getting your new hire to engage, perform at full productivity, and stay for over 3 years (much less 1

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In a stunning survey by CompTIA, it was discovered that only 54% of business executives are currently aware of Artificial Intelligence as an emerging technology. With AI infiltrating everything from smartphones and households to customer service and business processes, it’s important for HR professionals and executives to understand the significance of the growing AI movement.

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We raise robots. No, seriously. You know, the intelligent kind that can do things for you. Yes, we heard about the bots at Facebook who started their own language, freaked out the developers, and then got shut down. Some aspects of AI (artificial intelligence) can get a little spooky, especially when you truly begin to

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As technology changes at an ever-increasing speed, today’s HR personnel, and leaders of organizations, face new challenges in their leadership responsibilities. While the classical training of leaders includes the much needed soft skills such as empathy, communication, management, assertiveness, and even technical skills, today’s manager must also be able to grasp a working knowledge of

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It’s hard to believe that the argument still exists today: Is the investment in our employees really worth the financial obligation to do so? The reality for small to medium size business owners is tied to a bottom line that often struggles with having the actual cash flow to support such “theories”, so the idea

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HR Tech buying trends are hotter than ever, as the industry is experiencing one of the most disruptive periods it has seen in over a decade, and at least since the Macarena took the world by storm. The evolution of today’s HR professional continues with the continued growth of digital solutions that replace the paper

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You’ve searched up and down the road for the right candidate. Then suddenly, like a lightning bolt from the heavens, you find the perfect one. The skies open and dollar bills fall to the ground like leaves that gather in mounds during a beautiful Fall afternoon in Maine. The candidate has all the qualities you

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It seems like an endless cycle for HR professionals; you search far and wide through the skills gap to find someone who could be a great fit for your company. You spend the time to recruit, hire, and get them started, only to see them leave the company within a short amount of time, costing

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A human and a robot walk into a bar. And well…there’s no punch line. It’s amazing what robots can do these days. As the AI (Artificial Intelligence) industry continues to innovate otherworldly products, it’s time we get comfortable with the ever-growing abilities of those pesky little robots.   Today, one of the biggest concerns about

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The needle doesn’t seem to be moving up on employee engagement. Through numerous studies and surveys, it’s an undisputed fact that the vast majority of workers are disengaged. Employee disengagement costs organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually (The Engagement Institute), a costly side effect to say the least. Solving the engagement issue is no

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It’s an undeniable truth that a formal onboarding process works. The statistics are coming in waves; supporting the idea that onboarding is THE most critical time in an employee’s experience with the company. Annually, the top two challenges for HR professionals are recruiting and retention, respectively. In a survey by Allied, one-quarter of all respondents rated

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I was talking to a businessman the other day who said, “I hate social media. I just don’t see how it can help a business.” While I have sympathy and patience for people in general, I just wonder at this point if it’s even worth the effort of trying to convince someone of the power

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Most companies today have programs and initiatives to keep top talent long-term. As HR professionals continue to deal with a skills gap in an ever changing, global workforce, finding ways to retain high producing employees is imperative to the success of everything from culture to profitability. Programs are usually organized around some sort of annual

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I’m seeing RED. Women, please come back to work today…we need you.   Isn’t it “funny” (haha), how in the supposed good-ole days, you were expected to stay at home, take care of the kids, wash the clothes, clean the house, and make sure you looked pretty when the man came home from work? You

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With new background check legislation having taken effect during the last quarter of 2016, HR professionals are required to walk a tighrope of multiple state and federal requirements. The issue at hand is the ability for HR to effectively execute on employment practices, while maintaining FCRA compliance to privacy laws.   Credit Checks According to the

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Sometimes you can have your nose to the grind so long, that the challenges you face become expected and normal. There’s never a truer sentiment for HR professionals who spend 100s of hours recruiting, hiring, and training a new employee, only to find him slip out the back door within 6 months. The employee leaves,

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Compliance regulations aren’t going away anytime soon. Even in the tangled sophistication of growing compliance requirements, most employers are aware of the need to complete a Form I-9, for every new hire. However, many employers don’t understand the significant implications of failing to fill-out the form correctly. A costly mistake to say the least, improper

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With the new year in full motion, it’s time to take a look at 5 BIG hiring challenges to watch out for in 2017.   CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION Quite simply, finding qualified candidates is one of the top challenges for HR personnel worldwide. According to the 2016 New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages research report, 84 percent

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As 2016 draws to a close, businesses are finalizing their year-end review processes and beginning their 2017 goals setting and projection plans. With the start of a new year, employees and employers alike are ready to make the most of the fresh start, expanding business and taking their brand to the next level.   Today’s

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HO HO HO! It’s about time for the ole fella to harness his reindeer, shine his boots, put on the red suit, and deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys! We all know the routine by now. Boys and girls go to see “Santa” and his band of helpers, sit in his

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According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers believe recommendations from friends and family over all forms of advertising. Whoa! Let’s take that proven power of word-of-mouth, and see how it relates to the employee referral and hiring process. It’s one thing to take someone’s advice on a product or service. It’s another level of required trust

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“Our people are our most important resource”. How many times have you heard this from organizations? It’s one thing to say, another thing to believe, and altogether another thing to actually treat employees as if they really are the most important resource. But here’s a radical idea to flip the employer/employee relationship on its head:

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TODAY IS NOT YESTERDAY Cultural norms and standard business practices of the past dictated a different kind of employer-employee relationship. It was commonplace for an employee to stay with the same employer for 20+ years, if not an entire work lifetime. But today’s fast-paced and complex workplace demands a different type of relationship that relies

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1) Ensure candidate feel welcome and important A solid communication plan can strengthen a relationship between you and your candidate. Not only will it result in more starts and longer tenures but will also generate more referrals. Try these strategies: Have everyone who will support the candidate both during the onboarding process and while employed connect

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We’re all familiar with the image of robots in manufacturing. These large industrial machines are purpose built to automate highly repetitive, and potentially, dangerous tasks. The fact is, these robots are the result of over 100 years of innovation in the manufacturing process which we typically call the “Industrial Revolution”. It seems business professionals are

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