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The Gig Economy and How It’s Influencing Your Workforce [part 2]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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In a previous article, we defined the gig economy and exposed some of the challenges it implies for HR. This article will continue to explore these challenges, focusing on the gig economy's impact on workers and governments.. Challenges for Workers While some workers have embraced the gig economy, not all have. As I wrote in another blog, Future Friday: The Independent Contractor will NOT rule by 2020:  “As we have seen in many lawsuits to date, many workers are just not ready to be gig economy workers. As people have sued Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and others, it is clear there are many people not yet willing to take on independence. Sure, they are willing to take on part-time work. People have done that for a long time, but they [...]

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The Gig Economy and How It’s Influencing Your Workforce [part 1]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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There is a growing movement in the United States, actually the world, of people working independently from traditional employment constraints. This “gig” economy, as it has come to be called, has its roots in the increasing use of freelance contractors and entrepreneurs. Although there have been some legal setbacks to the gig economy in the last couple of years, make no mistake—that train has left the station and there is no turning back. HR departments, their companies, governments, and employees themselves will have to adapt to this different way of working together. A Definition The term “gig economy” has been bandied about and most of us have heard it, but what is its official definition? According to the website WhatIs.co [...]

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The Lowdown on Brexit, Recruiting and HR

Posted by Chris Fields

You've probably heard of Brexit by now, but do you really know what it means? Since the announcement of Britain's exit from the European Union, the global stock market crashed, and then the next day it recovered. And all of a sudden there were no shortage of articles asking, "How will Brexit impact recruiting?" What is the European Union? Before predicting the Brexit consequences on recruiting and HR, it's important to understand what the European Union is all about and who's involved.  There are several origin stories of the EU, starting after World War II when European leaders created the European Movement International. Then, in 1957, it grew when Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed a treaty k [...]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Test Seasonal Workers

Posted by Eric Friedman

Summer is a time when many companies need additional help, so they hire seasonal workers to meet their demands. The bulk of these seasonal hires are high school and college students looking for summer jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the youth workforce increases sharply between April and July every year. Last summer, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that the number of 16- to 24-year-old workers reached 23.2 million, an increase of 13.5 percent from the previous year. These young people hit the job market when the school year ends, some for the very first time and with little to no previous work experience. However, the fact that they have no work experience doesn't mean they don't possess the skill [...]

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Life Without HR? No Thank You!

Posted by Chris Fields

Can you imagine a life without Human Resources? I was asked to think about that recently and I realized that, oddly enough, it wasn't too long ago that we had a world without HR. The Stone-Age HR World A world without HR looks something like the television series "Madmen," starring John Hamm. It's set in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, pre-human resources as we know it today. It's centered around an advertising agency in New York run by a bunch of…well, men. Whenever I watch the show I am baffled at the things they were able to do in the workplace, like drink whiskey, scotch, and bourbon, and smoke cigarettes. Women in the boardroom were unheard of, unless they were taking notes or serving food and drinks. Instead of an HR Department, the [...]

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Is It Legal? What You Need to Know About Labor Law & Recruitment

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Any recruiter or hiring manager will tell you that optimizing the recruitment process is one of their top priorities. It takes time to properly research best practices and develop a new recruitment strategy that will help you find, select, and hire the best talent. But before you can implement your new strategy, you must ask yourself one crucial question: is it legal? The last step before deploying a new recruitment and selection process is to vet it against all regulatory requirements. That includes EEOC regulations, employment rights legislation, and all labor and workforce laws. This step is necessary to make sure your new process meets and exceeds those standards. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) The EEOC en [...]

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Nothing Beats a Classic Job Analysis!

Posted by Chris Fields

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Someone on Twitter asked me how you perform a job analysis. Seriously, look: Have you ever worked someplace where all of a sudden there was an announcement that the company was realigning and certain roles and positions would change? More than likely, that was the result of a job analysis. Depending on the company size, it can be a huge undertaking. Job analyses are not easy or simple, but are they necessary? What is Job Analysis? A job analysis is the process of breaking down and defining the work or activities performed by a machine, individual, or team in order to complete a task, and they are extremely important. The results give the organization (usually HR) the information needed to develop strategies to become more efficient. [...]

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How to Improve the Quality of Your Recruiting

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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We've all been there before: you are charged with the responsibility of finding the next great employee. You are given a list of knowledge items, skills, and abilities this individual must possess. You must determine whether each candidate has those skills. Generally, these abilities are part of a list of business hard skills the hiring manager requires for the position in question. How do you make the right determination? Let's explore how you can determine whether a candidate possesses the hard skills necessary for employment success. What are “hard skills”? Investopedia defines hard skills as "Specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured ... Examples of hard skills include job skills like typing, writing, math, [...]

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