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How Not to Work for Unfulfilled Services USA Inc.

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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Fulfillment in our day job has been gone from a desire to a demand. Many people speculate why, but whatever the reason, research backs up the claim that happy employees are more productive employees. This belief has shined a spotlight on work-life balance for employers and employees alike and begs the question, “How do we find the right job or create a work environment that will leave us feeling fulfilled and meet our most important needs?” This may mean taking responsibility for our own skills development rather than expecting our employers to do it for us. Let’s look at three different stages of work and how fulfillment of work-life balance fits into each. Phase I: Landing a Job Finding a job is where it all starts and often dep [...]
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Top Job Skills for Jobs That Don’t Exist Today but Will Soon

Posted by Chris Fields

Think back to just 10 years ago. Who would have predicted “Uber Driver”, “Manager of Social Media Engagement”, “Cyber Security Officer” or even “App Developer” would be career options, let alone predict the skills training necessary to be a good at any of those jobs? How in the world can you predict the skills necessary to perform jobs that don’t even exist? Easy, you pay attention to what’s going on today, and you dream about tomorrow. No kidding. It sounds odd, but consider this: I often read articles about the future of HR, and I think back to when I was a kid dreaming of flying cars and robot assistants. Back then, we dreamed those things but never really thought they could happen. Fast forward to today, and we [...]
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What Elements You Must Include in Your Next Training Simulation

Posted by Kamy Anderson

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Many business owners have very little time to provide their employees with effective training, simply because they have a lot on their plates and need to focus their attention on the core tasks. Nevertheless, they know how important employee training is for boosting productivity and growing their business, which is why they turn to training simulations, which will not disrupt workflow and will allow core activities to continue seamlessly. Training simulations are excellent for closing knowledge gaps and helping employees improve their skills because they are interactive and immersive and mimic real-life situations, helping trainees effectively learn everything they need to learn much faster. Why Skills Training Matters in the World of [...]
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The Cost of Losing Employees (And How to Avoid It)

Posted by Brandie Hinen

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Losing an employee is never easy -- but it happens. People change industries, find “better for them” jobs, or go to work for themselves. But many organizations don’t realize how costly employee turnover is! First, losing an employee hurts your bottom line. Period. Experts estimate it costs at least twice an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement. Josh Bersin from Deloitte believes the cost of losing an employee can range from tens of thousands of dollars to two times the employee’s annual salary. You read that right. Some HR managers I know say it takes them longer than finding the right person to fill a position than it took for them to find their own job! Another way losing an employee can cost you is by neg [...]
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Hire for the Skills. Not for the Title.

Posted by Eric Friedman

  Once upon a time, a manager was a manager. Organizations had clear hierarchies, and job titles indicated an employee’s experience and level of responsibility, and they meant the same thing to anyone reading a résumé. Not anymore. Today, employment is more fragmented, and a job seeker’s work experience might include freelancing, entrepreneurship, a traditional 9-to-5 job or a combination of all three. In start-up companies, workers often take on jobs that never existed before and wear many hats. Their jobs evolve quickly. Nothing is traditional about what they do, and their self-created job titles—such as “influencer,” “strategist” and “professional evangelist”—reflect these changes. A freelancer, working a [...]
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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, expensive and complicated. The Gap Works Both Ways First, let’s all agree that Skills Gap is not only about applicants. 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 job descriptions [...]
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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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