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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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Hottest HR Trends for 2017

Posted by Eric Friedman

Another year ends, and that means it’s time to look ahead at what the new year has in store for the world of human resources. In 2017, the hottest HR trends will center more than ever on the employee experience and employee satisfaction. Technology will continue to stake its claim in the world of HR, with new and different platforms and a more holistic approach also shaking things up. Let’s jump right in—here are the 2017 hottest HR trends: 1. Improve employees’ experience Employers have always focused on improving their customers’ experience, but recently there’s been a shift to focusing more on employees’ experience too. This is in great part due to the skills-gap we’re facing. There simply aren’t enough skilled w [...]
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Hiring Externally or Promoting from Within, Which Is Better?

Posted by Chris Fields

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It’s one of the oldest discussions in the history of work, and we are not exaggerating. If you research “Promoting versus Hiring,” you’ll get millions of results, many of them simply defining the words “promotion” and “hiring.” For the sake of this article, we’re going to assume you already know the definition of the words. We are going to discuss the much deeper effects on an organization and its employees of hiring externally versus promoting from within. The hiring decision can be one of the costliest ones for any company to make. Choosing the wrong person can lead your company down the drain, but hiring the right person can help you attain greater success. Jim Collin’s book Good to Great is a staple of Human Res [...]
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12 Essential Skills Every Employee Should Have

Posted by Eric Friedman

When searching for the right candidate to fill a job, we often focus on the applicant’s work experience and level of education. Sometimes it’s all about who they know or who referred them to the job. But what we should really focus on is the candidate’s employability skills. There are certain skills employers want from every candidate, no matter what role they’ll have in the company. From entry-level workers to executives, every employee should possess these personal skills in order to succeed and help your company move forward. These are good skills for any job, which means they should be top-of-mind for every employer. And they’re good skills for any resume, so qualified candidates should be including examples of these s [...]
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Passion vs. Experience. How to make the right decision

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Imagine you’re meeting with a doctor for the first time to discuss a serious health issue. Would you feel more confident with a doctor who was new to the profession but would work with passion to get you healthy again? Or would you prefer a doctor who didn’t seem to have a passion for medicine, but had ample experience treating patients like you? Choosing between passion and experience is tough for most of us, but it’s something human resources professionals must do on a regular basis. Should we be hiring experienced employees—those who tick all the boxes and meet all the requirements? Or are there times when we should consider hiring inexperienced employees who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment? While there’s no black [...]
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