Innovations in Retention

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Companies are always concerned about keeping their talent. As the economy continues to inch along, surveys show that many employees are restless – more than two-thirds want to move on. In this atmosphere you may be wondering if there are any innovative ways of keeping your talent, especially on a tight budget. It’s good to… Read more »

Procurement and Temporary Workers

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In many companies, the common practice has been to have the procurement department handle contingent workers. Procurement, otherwise known as the purchasing department, is the division responsible for ordering supplies for a company. In handling contingent workers, the department has been effective at controlling costs and improving the efficiency of the operation. But some business… Read more »

Handling Our Fear

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Whether working at a job or looking for one, we constantly have to face the stress and anxiety of life. Each day we confront challenges, or foresee challenges, that raise our level of anxiety. In fact, almost 20 percent of Americans are diagnosed with anxiety disorders each year. What this means is that there are… Read more »

Sustainability and Human Resources

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When people hear the word sustainability, the first thought that springs to mind is about the environment – doing something in a way that is environmentally friendly, something that allows the environment to stay healthy and thriving, or sustainable. The most widely used definition of sustainability is one developed at a United Nations conference on… Read more »

Get Enough Sleep or Suffer the (Could-Be-Major) Consequences

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Whether you are on the job or looking for work, there is something you are probably not getting enough of – sleep. In the past, many of us shortchanged ourselves on sleep, thinking it was no big deal. But as science has studied the nature of sleep, researchers have come to realize how necessary sleep… Read more »

Employee Engagement Falling

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Employee engagement. It’s a phrase that means having workers who like that they do, like where they work – and with whom they work —  and who are committed, high-performing employees. But a recent survey by the consulting firm of BlessingWhite Inc. shows that most companies are not doing well at all in motivating their… Read more »

How Effective are Background Checks Really?

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When going through the hiring process for new employees, companies typically do background checks on the candidates in an effort to find any problems that might make them unfit for the job. But how effective are background checks really at finding out information and enabling employers to spot people whom they should not hire? There… Read more »

Getting the Most from Your Contingent Staff Members

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More and more companies today are using contingent workers – temporary workers and independent contractors – as a way of controlling costs. Companies see contingent workers as a way of controlling staffing so that it mirrors production needs more closely, a way of keeping the company flexible to handle change, especially in a bumpy economy…. Read more »

Northeast Region Top Poster of Jobs to Social Media Sites

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A new report by Bullhorn, Inc., a maker of recruiting software, shows that the Northeast region is the most active in using social media networks to recruit. And the Midwest is the least active. The report also showed that while there is a big variety in the industries that use social networks, the top three… Read more »

To Know What a Company Needs, Look at the Job Description

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When you go for a job interview, you naturally want to be as well prepared as possible. You want to stand out from what is likely a crowded field of applicants. But being well prepared may not be what you think it is, according to one career advisor. In an effort to become as knowledgeable… Read more »