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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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Top Job Skills In Demand Right Now

Posted by Chris Fields

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of the “skills gap” also known as the “talent gap”. This gap represents the deficiencies in the skills needed to be a successful employee versus the available skills in the applicant or candidate pool. Employers have determined that their desired qualifications are not being met by the current labor force. Since every position is different so are the needs of every employer, and this makes it very hard to figure out which are the top skills that are in demand right now. When asked, which skills are in demand right now, most of us would probably say technology skills. According to the World Economic Forum, cloud computing, web architecture, development framework, middleware and integration softw [...]

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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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Best Ways to Have a Successful New Employee Onboarding

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

The process of bringing a new employee into the company is a very important one. The sooner a new employee is “connected” with the company, the sooner they are productive. They are also less likely to turnover, and leave because they are disappointed with the experience. What does it take to have a successful onboarding experience for you new employees? It is all about the employee experience In today’s HR literature, a frequent topic of discussion is the “employee experience.” According to Jacob Morgan, the three parts of employee experience include: the company culture, available technology, and the physical experience. It is so important that companies like Airbnb have rebranded HR as the Department of Employee Exper [...]

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Employee Exodus: Why Employees Leave and What HR Can Do About It

Posted by Eric Friedman

Gone are the days of the loyal employee working decades for the same company. The “company man”, who worked for the same company his entire career, is a thing of the past. Employees today last only a fraction of their careers working for one company, choosing instead to change jobs, experiment with different work concepts, and even work for themselves. Who is to blame? Employee turnover is a real problem that impacts every company. Playing the blame game when it comes to employee turnover will result in having both employers and employees to blame. In the early 20th century, employers rested easy knowing their workers would gladly stay with them forever so long as they got fair wages and treatment. Employees knew they had job sec [...]

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The Best (and Worst) Predictors of On-the-Job Performance

Posted by Eric Friedman

Hiring predictors are difficult to get right, as any HR recruitment professional can tell you. In fact, the vast majority of today’s organizations struggle to accurately identify the right person for the job. According to a recent research brief from Brandon Hall Group, 95% of organizations admit to making bad hires every year. A meta-analysis published in Psychological Bulletin concluded that a typical employment interview leads to the right hire only 57% of the time. In other words, it’s only slightly more effective than flipping a coin. While there are no hiring predictors that offer a 100% success rate, some are definitely better than others. Here, we take a look at three of the worst interview predictors, as well as three o [...]

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What’s New in Hiring and HR for This Year?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

Well, it’s that time of the year when we all start wondering what is going to happen in 2017. Of course, I cannot tell you exactly what will happen—after all it is the future—but I can paint a picture of some of the likely things to happen. It Is All About AI We have been talking in HR for a while now about the use of big data. The collection of data, the analysis of data, and the use of data for prediction and ultimately machine learning are all subjects that have been talked about the last several years. The year 2017, according to Josh Bersin, is the year this all comes together. He sees 2017 as being a year of disruption and a great deal of change. Consultant, speaker, writer, and self-described digital catalyst, Meghan M. Bir [...]

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The Most Desirable Leadership Skills for 2017

Posted by Chris Fields

Each year we all can’t help but to speculate and try to predict what’s going to happen in the new year and as we enter 2017, I can’t help but to wonder what will be the top issues that leaders will face. Based upon my observations in the labor market, a bit of research, and some conversations with other great HR professionals, here are the most desirable leadership skills necessary for a successful 2017. Communication Surprise! Communication is always a sought-after skill. However, in the new year, I predict it will be even more important that it is now. I am not the only one who believes communication will be key next year. During a conversation with my friend, Dave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, Executive Director of Human Resources, Director [...]

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