With the development of many new platforms and programs designed to help carry out HR functions, we see many HR managers having more time to focus on the things that truly make a difference in their business: leadership, relationship building, training, employee career development, and more. Among all the platforms and programs, there are many

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Benefits For All Ages

Posted by Ben Olson at 31 May 2018

The experience of the American worker has evolved over the last several years, as employers work to retain top talent. With companies like Google setting the bar for culture and work environment, many other companies are making the effort to create an experience and job opportunity that takes into consideration the “whole person” of their

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Onboarding helps increase employee engagement and new hire productivity. An effective onboarding process also helps increase retention and overall company profitability. If you’re an HR professional, you understand the work required to recruit, hire, and retain top talent. While the statistics that support onboarding are overwhelming, not every business leader understands the power of the

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There’s no question that the employees you hire will either make or break your business. For HR professionals, there is an enormous amount of time, money, and energy put into recruiting and hiring top candidates. Job security for the HR professional is dependent on their ability to recruit, hire, and ultimately retain the “right” employee.

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A friend of mine shared a story with me about a business owner for whom he once worked. During weekly staff meetings, department heads would give their updates, and as the information was given, the owner would mark his notes with either a smiley face or a frowning face. While some may leave a smirking

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The American workforce is always in a state of change, as it responds to values, timing, employer demands, the economy, and more. Although there has been the consistent presence of a skills gap in most arenas of American business, the demands, needs, and requirements of individual employees today shifts on a myriad of variables specific

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If you’re an HR professional who is tired of the constant cycle of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and assuring training, only to turn around and have to restart the process time and again for the same position, maybe it’s time to evaluate the onboarding options for your new hires.   As technology continues to influence our

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Most companies offer paid sick leave, paid vacation days, and paid holidays, as well as required leaves under FMLA and other federal or state laws. Paid Time Off (PTO) is a great benefit that helps employers attract and retain employees. One of the hallmarks of a great offer to a potential new hire includes flexible

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“Artificial intelligence can learn anything that humans can learn”, says Max Welling, Professor at Amsterdam University.   Trends continue to show that organizational leaders and HR professionals are moving toward the further merger of artificial intelligence (AI) into HR functions like onboarding and administration of benefits, believing that the combination can and will improve the

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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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You’ve spent time vetting your candidate through a series of interviews, introduced them to the decision makers, made the offer which she’s accepted, and now it’s time to get your new hire started. Over the last several years, employee onboarding has began to make its way to the front of the pack as the first

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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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As national unemployment rates continue to drop, even fewer viable candidates are available for many job openings. Combine the good news of lower unemployment with the skills gap that persists, and you’ll find recruiting and hiring the best candidates for your company is as daunting a task as ever. As HR professionals know, hiring is

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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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Let’s face it: Business is challenging, and so is life. In this time of our country, where leadership is at the forefront of every news story and national narrative, it’s important for us to realize that we are all part of the implications of the leadership confrontations that are occurring, in one way or another.

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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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Here we are already nearing the end of the first month of 2018, as time keeps ticking on. As people begin to drop their new year’s resolutions, there are some things that are a matter of survival for HR professionals, leaving them no option but to carry on with their goals and demands. No matter

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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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Some employees are not meant to be here 60 days from when they start, much less in 3 years. Of course HR professionals know the reality of this, but I want to give you some permission to be kind to yourself when it happens. I’m sure you’ve heard of the old 80/20 rule, that in

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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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We’re just days away from 2018, and what a year 2017 has been! We’ve seen so many HR professionals over the last year make the jump into effective onboarding practices, in hopes of protecting their extraordinary work of recruiting, hiring, and retaining top talent. The work of HR professionals has never been more important, as

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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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“Good, bad, or indifferent, if you are not investing in technology, you are going to get left behind.” With a skills gap, lack of engagement, and challenging retention throughout the workforce, there has never been a more important time for businesses and HR professionals to understand the necessity and power of effective onboarding. As many

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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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Artificial Intelligence made its introduction into the world in the early 1950s through computer pioneer Alan Turing. Turing created the Turing Test, a scenario based on questions designed to determine if the one providing answers was a human or a computer. In short, if the one who was judging the answers was incorrect 50% of

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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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Do you know this feeling? You’re driving down the road, following your GPS. You make a wrong turn and your GPS tells you to turn around. Traffic is heavy and you can’t turn right away, so it keeps recalculating, and you can just swear that the voice is getting frustrated with you. Of course this

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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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What if I told you that perhaps the single most important thing you could do to guarantee that you integrate, train, and retain a new hire long-term has no formal process and there are zero dollars in budget for it? If you’re an HR professional given the responsibility of ensuring the initial success of your

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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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While the growing conversation surrounding AI could lead us to think that the introduction of such technology is something new, it is a concept that has been around since the 1950’s. IBM has been working with the technology since that time, and while many consider it to be the future of everything from the home

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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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How do you impress an algorithm? There is no punch line here, because it’s not a joke. Intelligent automation is already at work, helping HR professionals scan through resumes to find potential new hires. At an ever-increasing speed, HR technology is finding ways to streamline the search for candidates, evaluating work samples, reviewing social media

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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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In his book, 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, author John Maxwell makes the assertion that “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Among many other attributes, great leaders communicate effectively, in both word and action. Today’s HR professionals are expected to communicate in ways like never before, offering insight into the human elements of a

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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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Let me start by saying that I’ve got nothing against grandma. In fact, I love her. She had an amazing work ethic, she was loyal, she was smart, passionate, and she was resourceful. She knew how to work the phone lines to recruit, and she could write copy to place in the local newspaper ads.

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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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Employee engagement is the backbone of every business’ success. HR professionals understand that an engaged employee makes the workplace a better place, and engaged employees are much more productive. According to ERE Media, organizations spend $720 million per year on improving engagement. And yet, the statistics are staggering, as Gallup estimates that 71 percent of

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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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Today’s workplace moves at the speed of the Internet. From recruiting and hiring to assimilation, to bringing a new hire to full productivity, there are numerous chances for a new employee to get left behind, and end up leaving for better opportunity after only a short time of employment. You’ve got to provide them with

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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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“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (Forrest Gump) This saying is just as true in business as it is in your personal life. No matter your plans, projections, initiatives, or goals, you never really know what you’re going to get in your business. From your recruiting and

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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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There’s an old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s disputed who actually coined the phrase, but it’s an often-shared belief nonetheless, and one that holds tremendous value within the realm of leadership.   The business world is often viewed as a primarily transactional universe, a

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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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One of the greatest challenges that we as humans face is overcoming the feelings of loneliness that can set in on us at any time. We live in an instant world, connected by social media platforms that sometimes are anything but social. We can access friends (old and new) and family all over the world.

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