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20

Jun

2017

Online Persona vs. Resume – Which Wins?

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring.  Just one year ago that number was only 60%.  Is a person’s online persona becoming as important as their resume?

13

Jun

2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Author: Heather Nezich

What is the one thing all employees want?  Respect.  It rates very high in almost any survey you can find.  Harvard Business Review recently published a study that revealed that when over 20,000 employees from around the world, not just the U.S., were surveyed, every single one of them rated respect as number one in importance.  In fact, companies that show respect for their employees score higher across several other categories as well.

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives.  In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years.  Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.

30

May

2017

Office Conflict – Good or Bad?

Author: Heather Nezich

All offices have conflict.  As people work together to solve problems, it’s virtually unavoidable.  And most importantly, it’s OK.  It’s how it’s handled that can make or break the effectiveness of conflict.

23

May

2017

AI in HR

Author: Heather Nezich

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the newest trends in HR and talent acquisition.  According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than 1 in 10 HR managers (13%) are seeing AI become a regular part of HR.  55% say they expect it to play a large role within the next five years.

23

May

2017

Quick Hits - May 24, 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

More than one in 25 U.S. workers fail their employer’s drug tests: More U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any time in the last 12 years, according to data from Quest Diagnostics Inc.  

16

May

2017

Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen on the Playground

Author: Heather Nezich

School bullying is now a household term recognized widely, but what about workplace bullying?  Workplace bullying has affected 27% of workers according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute.  The majority of workplace bullies are bosses, and 72% of employers deny, discount, defend, or rationalize the bullying.  61% of victims wind up losing their jobs as a result.

9

May

2017

Stay Interviews Help to Avoid Exit Interviews

Author: Heather Nezich

Stay interviews are the best defense against employee attrition.  While exit interviews can have value, you are finding out the information too late.  By conducting regular stay interviews, you’ll discover exactly what employees like and don’t like about their job and the workplace.  This allows you to make changes before employees leave, resulting in reduced employee turnover.

2

May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

25

Apr

2017

Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Appreciation

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee appreciation is a key element to achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention.  Employees that feel appreciated have increased productivity and tend to feel better about their work.  But if approached the wrong way, it could backfire.

18

Apr

2017

Is Work/Life Balance a Pipe Dream?

Author: Heather Nezich

With everyone being connected 24/7, is achieving work/life balance really just a pipe dream?  For most people it is more about creating a blend of the two, not necessarily creating two separate pieces in balance.  So instead of continually trying to achieve balance between the two, consider integration instead.  When you integrate your work with your life you are more likely to be happy and achieve success.

11

Apr

2017

Setting Up an Employee Development Program

Author: Heather Nezich

When done correctly, employee development can be one of the biggest drivers of success in an organization.  Numerous research studies demonstrate that career advancement (or lack thereof) plays a big role in employees’ decisions to either join or leave an organization. Talent development can consist of formal training courses, mentoring or coaching, and cross training between departments.  Investing in your employees' development can pay off long term with turnover...

4

Apr

2017

Common Mangerial Mistakes that Force Good Employees to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s hard enough to find good employees, so when you find them make sure your managers are not making any of these common mistakes that drive employees to look elsewhere.  It holds true that employees don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

28

Mar

2017

Does Office Layout Affect Productivity?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many studies have shown that the environment employees work in does have an effect on their productivity.  From wall colors, to furniture, to technology, to office layout…it all makes a difference.   A recent study from the architecture firm, Gensler, found that there is evidence that links workplace performance to office design.

21

Mar

2017

Working May be the Fountain of Youth

Author: Heather Nezich

More and more Americans are working into their 70s and 80s.  While so much attention has been given to the Millennial generation, the average U.S. employee is actually getting older.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 1994 the median age of U.S. employees was 37.7 years old. That climbed to 40.3 years old by 2004 and to 41.9 years by 2014.  By 2024, the median age of U.S. workers is expected to be 42.4 years old.  In addition to that, workers are...

14

Mar

2017

President Trump Keeping Promise for a Smaller Government

Author: Heather Nezich

On Monday March 13th, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) to begin a comprehensive look at reorganizing the Executive Branch of government.  This EO provides the framework of a holistic and detailed approach to what the executive branch might look like in the future.  The implications of this EO are significant.  As previously reported, the Heritage Foundation’s document, “A Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017”, recommends a proposed...

7

Mar

2017

Uber is Under Fire in the HR World

Author: Heather Nezich

Uber has been in the news a lot lately regarding its meritocracy practices and competitive culture.  Although this mentality has brought them from a mere start-up to a $68 billion company, their corporate image is being bruised and it’s leaving a black mark on former employees’ resumes.

28

Feb

2017

How to Do Away Annual Performance Reviews and Why

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey revealed that 58% of executives think that their current performance management approach does not drive employee engagement or high performance.  More and more companies are doing away with annual performance reviews all together.  But how are they doing it successfully?

21

Feb

2017

Stop Putting Employees in A, B, or C Silos

Author: Heather Nezich

What good has ever come from labeling others?  Does is seem to right to label a student “stupid” or “lazy” or “average”?  If we label them that, aren’t they likely to only perform at that level?  Do we unconsciously not encourage them to do better once we’ve labeled them?  It’s the same with employees.  Labeling your employees as “A”, “B”, and “C” players can be very detrimental...

14

Feb

2017

Are Remote Workers Less Engaged?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 37% of US workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  This is four times greater than just 9% back in 1995.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated?  

7

Feb

2017

A New Approach to Employee Engagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers want their employees to bring their whole selves and full potential to work every day.  But the truth is, many employees are running on empty most of the time.  In order for employers to have a real effect on their employees, they must create programs that go beyond “wellness” and contribute to the employee’s total “wellbeing.”

31

Jan

2017

Attracting Young Workers into Manufacturing Careers

Author: Heather Nezich

Over the next ten years, there could be a vast shortage of manufacturing employees – up to 2 million.  This is due to a shortage of qualified workers and the 2.7 million workers that are expected to retire in the next decade.  In addition, it’s projected that 700,000 new jobs will result from business growth.  The manufacturing industry needs to find a way to attract today’s youth to manufacturing careers and the educational system needs to work with...

24

Jan

2017

The Six-Hour Workday Experiment and Its Results

Author: Heather Nezich

After a two-year government study on 6-hour work days that took place in Sweden, the results are in.  While employees proved to be happier, employer costs were higher.  Is the increase in cost worth it?

17

Jan

2017

The Effects of Toxic Employees…and Bosses

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic employees are negative, volatile, and often times disruptive – aka "bad apples." However, most toxic employees can also be some of the most productive employees. This is the reason they’re hired in the first place and are able to stick around.  But what is the cost of keeping them around?

10

Jan

2017

More Companies Hiring Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Heather Nezich

Earlier this week Anthem announced its partnership with Mind Shift, a company that helps businesses employ the strengths of people on the autism spectrum.  They plan to recruit and hire autistic individuals for jobs in health care analytics.  For adults on the spectrum, finding quality employment is very difficult.  More and more companies are creating programs to provide satisfying employment to this growing population.
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