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The 3 Keys to Hiring Seasonal Workers When Unemployment Is Below 4%

It’s that most wonderful time of year: the race to staff up with seasonal holiday workers. Every year, hiring reaches new heights during the holiday season. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that employment surges during the holiday months: “Employment in the retail trade industry typically rises in the final months of the year,[…]

Is Your Business Guilty of These Top 4 Onboarding Mishaps?

Onboarding – the process of introducing new hires to the company and getting them started in their role – is crucial to success with new workers. A well-executed onboarding experience can have a tremendous impact on future employee success: Glassdoor found that a strong onboarding process boosts new hire retention by 82%. Unfortunately, most companies[…]

Five Easy-to-Overlook HR Mistakes Made by Small Businesses

1: Ignoring your brand as an employer. A “company brand” is its reputation and public image in the minds of its customers. A strong, positive brand can encourage customer loyalty and engagement as well as attract new customers. But many businesses, especially smaller ones, fail to think about their “employer brand,” or their reputation and[…]

Does Your Recruiting Adequately Account for Soft Skills?

According to LinkedIn’s 2017 Global Recruiting Trends Report, soft skills assessments are one of the most important trends that will define the future of recruiting. In fact, 44% of respondents to a survey by Adecco Staffing USA identified a lack of soft skills as the biggest proficiency gap in the U.S. workforce. Two-thirds of hiring managers[…]

How Different Benefits Quantifiably Affect Recruitment

Employers already know that employee benefits are key to remaining competitive in the talent marketplace. But did you realize that specific benefits can have quantifiable impacts on employee retention and recruiting? MetLife’s 15th Annual (2017) U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study identified four benefits that can significantly increase an employee’s loyalty to their employer – or,[…]

3 Ways HR is Different for Small Businesses than Enterprise Organizations

At heart, human resources (HR) means the same things for any organization that work with employees: managing the employee lifecycle from hiring through termination or resignation, handling “transactional” activities like payroll and benefits processing, and developing strategies for optimizing the workforce. From there, however, HR’s role and activities can vary widely between large and small[…]

Tips for Successful Succession Planning at Small Businesses

The Harvard Business Review reports that every year 10% to 15% of corporations must appoint a new CEO; yet research from Stanford University has found that only about half of boards have a specific successor in mind to prepare for such an event. It’s even worse at small businesses, where 58% of small business owners[…]

Small Business Trends 2019: Business Gains, Hiring Pains.

How has this year been treating small businesses? So far, the world of small business in the U.S. has been going well. “Job openings and plans to create jobs remain historically very strong,” says William Dunkelberg, Chief Economics of the National Federation of Independent Business. Business owners themselves agree: according to a CNBC survey, over[…]

FAQ: What is The “On-Demand” Workforce?

Long gone are the days of lifelong employee relationships ended only by retirement into generous pension plans. Today, the marketplace of workers is more fluid, flexible, and fast-moving than ever before. Yet, many companies feel unprepared to take advantage of new trends in talent acquisition, like the emergence of the so-called “on-demand” workforce. Only 9%[…]

Are Flexibility-Related Benefits the Key to Employee Satisfaction?

The usual suspects of employee benefits – like retirement plans and health insurance coverage – remain critical to attracting and retaining top talent in today’s labor marketplace. But a new class of benefits also seems to be growing more important to a growing segment of today’s workforce. We’re talking about benefits that give employees flexibility[…]