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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Introductions can be an awkward interaction. You don’t know what to say when you meet someone, so you stumble through some small talk, mention something about the weather, shake hands to say goodbye, and as you walk away, you realize that you have already forgotten their name. You know what’s awkward times 2? A new

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Remember that time back in middle school when you had your first school dance? Ok, so maybe you were homeschooled, but just follow me here. Remember the feeling of excitement coupled with utter fear? Should I ask him/her to the dance? What if someone asks me to dance? How do I dance? And if you’re

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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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