retention

HR professionals today have some serious pain points. You have a cadre of responsibilities that include recruiting and hiring, along with finding ways to get your employees engaged so that they are productive for your company. Then there’s the whole challenge of retention. As unemployment is reported to be at record lows, you have to

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“You only get once chance to make a first impression!” Unless you can score a memory charm that obliviates someone’s memory (thanks Harry Potter), you only get one shot when it comes to introducing a new employee to your company and all of its inner workings. You get one shot to make it right, one

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With the speed of business today, it’s easy to get lost in survival mode, tirelessly working to keep up with the day-to-day demands of the job. HR professionals understand that businesses survive and thrive on great talent that is engaged and productive. The constant flow of recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluating is a required cycle

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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