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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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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It’s the end of the first quarter of 2017, and HR professionals are still struggling with recruiting quality talent. In a research report published last year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), sixty-eight percent (68%) of HR professionals are experiencing difficulty recruiting candidates. While the reasons for “the struggle” are numerous, skills gaps and

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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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With HR professionals noting a skills gap across the global workforce, the challenge arises in finding candidates who display the soft skills required to succeed. While the hard skills of many industries can be learned, even on the job, it’s much more difficult to learn the soft skills that help an employee traverse today’s landscape

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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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And the winner is…La La Land! If you were tuned in like me, nothing seemed out of the ordinary as the acceptance speeches began for movie of the year. But about two minutes in, the room began to bustle, and you could see activity on the stage. What unfolded over the next few moments turned

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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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No matter the size of your business, having a high employee turnover rate creates tension on a business in a myriad of ways. With a study by ERE Media showing that it can cost an organization upwards of 400 percent of an employee’s salary (no, that’s not a typo) to replace them, it’s time to

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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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With 2017 projected to be a record year for companies to purchase cloud-based onboarding solutions, organizations are getting in the game to close the proverbial “back door” in order to retain top talent long-term. With hiring, retention, company culture, and the bottom-line at stake, HR professionals are on the move to make some changes. Here

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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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We live in a world where information comes at us faster than our mind is able to process. With the advancements in technology, we now watch a TV while simultaneously working on our laptop, and during commercial break, we hop on our phone to check our social media, or find out the latest news. It’s

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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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You’ve heard the old adage, “Sales cures all.” Anyone who has worked sales very long knows that while this saying is true, there is one idea that follows closely behind: “retention of clients long-term and repeat customers calm the soul.” Okay, so I obviously made up that saying, but you get the point. While sales

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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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With a survey from The Wynhurst Group reporting that 22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and that about 4% of employees quit on their first day work, it’s no wonder the onboarding process is more critical than ever. With a shift in today’s workforce culture, and as the millennial

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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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You know what they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not sure who “they” is, but I would have to concur that for most people, it is a fun time of year. For others…ehh…not so much. But either way, if you’re working for a company, you’re more than likely looking at

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