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How to Beat the Skills Gap

Posted by Chris Fields

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With nearly 6,000,000 open jobs in America right now, why are some many people complaining about finding a job? The biggest reason is the Skills Gap, a.k.a. the Talent Gap. But what does it REALLY mean? The ACT.org defines skills gap as “the difference between skills needed for a job versus skills possessed by a worker.” I believe that definition is an oversimplification of the Skills Gap. The true definition of the Skills Gap is far more complex, expansive and complicated. The Gap Works Both Ways First, let’s all agree that Skills Gap is not only about applicants and job seekers. Employers are part of the problem as well. I spend a lot of time reading job descriptions on job boards and researching companies. Most of the [...]
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Hire your Next Leaders using Leadership Skills Tests

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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Article after article over the past several years has talked about the crisis in leadership. Whether it is in politics or in business, people are less than happy with their leadership. One study revealed, “Less than a quarter of people see leaders as effective, while just 13% think their leaders take appropriate responsibility.” Another study revealed, “Our latest global leadership research confirmed the suspicions of many in the industry: that an exclusive reliance on formal programs for leadership development is one of the causes of the current dearth of available leadership talent.” With an increase with women in the workplace and the need for empathy in the workplace, how does a company respond to these issues in the selecti [...]
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Discrimination in the Workplace can sneak into the Best Intentioned Hiring practice

Posted by Eric Friedman

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How to Avoid this Pitfall and the Resulting Litigation A grocery distribution company needed to hire warehouse workers where the job required lifting 50 lb. boxes, so they conducted a mechanical handle-pulling test on a pool of candidates. They gave the person who could lift the most weight beyond 50 pounds the highest score and ranked that person as “the most job-fit.” The test for upper body strength was valid given the lifting tasks. The test lifting against mechanical resistance to simulate box lifting was a valid test. However, the implementation (scoring) that screened-in those who lifted the most weight was NOT valid because the job only required that the worker needed to lift 50 lb. boxes. Moreover, such a test discrim [...]
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3 Ways to Attract Millennials and Keep Them Engaged

Posted by Eric Friedman

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You have probably watched the viral video of Simon Sinek in which he makes a 15-minute analysis about the Millennials’ personality, and why they feel so distracted and disengaged at work.  Simon covers everything from social media addiction to parenting flaws in the generation’s problem. After watching the video, I had in mind to make an analysis of what an HR department can do in order to maximize their efforts, and retain young talent on long-term. I guess my intention was right because yesterday during my lunch break I heard an interesting discussion between two friends. Maria, one of the ladies at the nearby table, works for one the biggest software companies in the building as a QA Junior. “I have been with the company f [...]
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The Truth About Implementing Unlimited Vacation

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Unlimited Vacation: Realities, Rewards, and Risks A job that comes with unlimited vacation sounds like a dream come true. What’s better than lying on the beach every day with a cocktail in hand, plus getting a paycheck, too!  In reality, unlimited vacation policies are a bit more complicated with potential advantages and drawbacks for both employees and employers. What is an unlimited vacation? To begin with, an unlimited vacation is far from “unlimited”. “Flexible” would be a more accurate way to describe it. This type of vacation policy lets employees decide how many days to take off, when to take them, and how these days will be used. It can be a sick day, a vacation, or just time spent catching up on errands. Who [...]
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The Rise of Robotics and Why HR Should Trust It

Posted by Eric Friedman

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One of the biggest technological advancements in our culture nowadays is artificial intelligence and automation through robotics. We have seen how this is affecting the loss of manufacturing jobs and how in almost every aspect of our lives, there is always something to be replaced by the ‘infiltrated’ technology. Therefore, it is realistic to assume that the digitalization and the constant evolution of technology will change the way we work. According to the 2017 Talent Trends Report released by Randstad Sourceright, HR is now in the era of digitalization. 39% of leaders believe digitalization of HR will have a great influence on business, and 71% say talent analytics play a critical role in sourcing, attracting, engaging, and re [...]
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The Benefits of the Modern Day Blended Workforce

Posted by Chris Fields

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What is a blended workforce? Well, it’s not all about race, sex, or religion. It’s about job classification and status. In the early days of labor in America, there were full-time workers, those who worked 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, 2,080 hours per year. This was the story for millions of workers until unions and employee protection laws were created to safeguard workers from being taken advantage of by employers. These protection laws forced employers to provide benefits, such as healthcare, medical leave, vacation time and, of course, fair pay. Today’s human resources professional is familiar with Title VII, ADA, FLSA, The Pregnancy Act and FMLA. All laws designed to protect and guarantee rights of full-time workers [...]
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5 Things to Tell New Hires Before They Ask You

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Feedback is one of the most powerful tools for any HR department. Knowing what candidates think can help you improve your recruiting process and candidate search. Feedback is a two-way street. Just as it’s important for HR to know what candidates think, it’s vital for HR to provide feedback to candidates as well. Most hiring managers provide negative feedback about what was lacking to candidates who didn’t make the cut. Very few offer candidates who are hired feedback about what made them the right choice for the job. Giving feedback to candidates about why they were hired can be very useful in ensuring they will be set up for success at your company. When you consider that 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a [...]
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