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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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