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A Report from the Battlefield of the War for Talent

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

I guess the first thing we need to ask is “Does the war for talent really exist?” My answer is “yes”, but it requires some definitions. People ask how can there be a war for talent when so many people are unemployed, though unemployment in the US is down to 4.9% or so. The answer is in the definition of talent. What is talent? A review of dictionaries shows a common definition of talent as “a natural aptitude or skill” or “a marked innate ability.” It is, for the most part, something special. Unfortunately in the talent acquisition world we have come to use that term almost interchangeably with “labor”, or at least some people have. You can see that in the change from using the term “recruiting” to the newer te [...]
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How will HR technology shape your future?

Posted by Eric Friedman

Over the past few years, technology has disrupted virtually every industry. One after another, tech-driven solutions, such as Amazon, Airbnb, and Uber, have shaken up industries as varied as retail, hospitality, and transportation. But what about HR? How are trends such as HR datafication, automation, artificial intelligence, and even robots impacting our industry? And what happens when you start taking the “human” out of human resources? Here’s a look at some of the biggest tech trends reshaping our profession. Robots and automation Don’t worry—HR jobs are unlikely to be taken over by robots any time soon. However, the trend towards bots and automation could see many HR roles change dramatically. The good news is that H [...]
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How to Increase Employee Retention Through Skills Testing

Posted by Kelly Painter

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HR professionals have many responsibilities, from recruiting to hiring to retaining talent. Although recruitment traditionally gets a lot of attention, retention is just as important, if not more important. HR professionals need to focus on finding ways to increase employee retention. This is where skills testing comes in. Incorporating skills testing into the recruitment process is a proven way to help companies make better hiring decisions and increase employee retention. Employee retention is usually talked about in terms of companies working to prevent their employees from leaving for greener pastures. However, this is only one side of the retention coin. Retention also depends on the ability of employees to succeed on the job. Mor [...]
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Should We Ditch Annual Performance Reviews?

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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If you ask most workers if annual performance reviews are necessary, generations of cubicle-dwelling corporate workers would respond with a resounding "no!" Annual performance reviews create anxiety, are often highly inaccurate, and rarely represent an employee's body of work comprehensively. Although some sort of evaluation process is essential to maintain a workforce that consistently meets goals and standards, no one really likes the current way of conducting these reviews. The current performance-review system is expensive in time and resources, it forces managers to rank employees arbitrarily, and it often prompts employees to feel degraded. How can we improve this situation? An End to the Performance Review Unfortunately, n [...]
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Interview with CEO of eSkill Corporation on Pre-Employment Skills Testing

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Pre-employment skills testing is an effective, flexible, and reliable recruiting tool. Assessments that offer insight into a candidate’s skill sets can help managers be more effective in choosing the right candidates. These are flexible instruments, since tests can be administered at any point in the recruiting process: companies can have candidates complete a skills test when they first submit their applications, or they can test a few chosen candidates to make better, more informed decisions. Skills testing offers a more reliable way to pinpoint the best candidates, by increasing hiring accuracy and validating hiring decisions. Companies can opt for tests by subject, or create their own tests that incorporate disparate abilities tied [...]
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Using Skills Testing to Expedite Seasonal Hires

Posted by Eric Friedman

For many companies, the holiday season is a time of high demand and increased workload. Near the end of October, companies begin looking for temporary workers to meet this demand. The positions available to seasonal workers span retail positions, marketing and design, photography, and tourism. These seasonal workers are hired to help companies reach more people and to serve them better during the holiday spending boom. Currently, most seasonal hiring is for behind-the-scenes positions. According to a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, "it used to be that the bulk of holiday hires would be in customer-facing positions on the sales floor and behind the cash register. These extra workers would also help pick up the slack in the [...]
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Setting Up a Training Strategy for Your Employees

Posted by Chris Fields

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Although the US economy has recovered and unemployment is the lowest since 2008 at 5.1%, employees still share several common complaints. One of the complaints involves the lack of training in corporate America. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 35% of participants maintain that increased training and learning opportunities would motivate them to stay with an employer. Companies have preached the need for trainable and teachable employees who can master new skills quickly. This sentiment may be shared by employees and companies, but managers, directors, and executives must create training strategies to acclimate new employees and to further their development as a means of promoting success. Three popular and effective trainin [...]
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Combine Tests for Faster and More Accurate Hiring Decisions

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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Let's play a game. An admin at your firm has just bailed on you with little notice. You've got two potential replacements to fill the job, Norman and Yvette. Here's what you can glean from their resumes: They are both looking for jobs as administrative professionals in a corporate environment. Both have associate's degrees from top-flight universities. Both have at least five years experience working in an administrative capacity within corporations. They both have at least a basic understanding of Microsoft Office, email and the Internet. Their reasons for leaving their prior employment situations were amicable and they both have fantastic references. So who do you hire? If your answer was either candidate, you're wrong. Here's why [...]
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