Oct 202014
 

In today’s competitive business environment, success depends on many factors, but most executives would agree that staffing is the most crucial piece to the puzzle. That’s why a smart recruitment strategy is essential to any organization. Just a decade or two ago, HR recruiters relied on classified advertising to reach potential employees, but finding the best candidates now takes a combination of techniques. Here, we’ll discuss four of the top strategies HR recruiters can leverage for more successful outcomes. Social Media Strategy Social media recruiting is a great way to find new employees. Millions of business professionals use social media networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ every day, and HR recruiters should, too. Try these social media recruiting strategies: [...]

Jan 142014
 

The current job market is saturated with highly qualified individuals, and the most qualified job seekers are looking for much more than just a paycheck in their search for employment. In order to attract the best candidates, you should have certain measures in place in your recruiting and hiring processes. What do the top talents in your industry look for? How can you attract them? Here’s a look. The Employer of Choice You can start by approaching talent acquisition and recruitment from the perspective of branding. If you position your company as the “employer of choice” to potential employees, you will be able to choose from the best of the best. To do so, you’ll want to describe what differentiates [...]

Sep 072012
 
Make the Right Decision! - Exempt vs Non-Exempt vs Independent Contractor

Employers are always looking for ways to cut costs.  Be aware, however, that it can be easy to make risky decisions on how to classify your employees.  Whether it is with existing employees or additions to staff, be sure you are making informed decisions on what category your employees should be in and why. We understand that with these challenging times, business owners try to find as many ways as possible to control costs. Many are not aware that there are risks in making the wrong decision, even if it is out of “ignorance”. We all know that when it comes to the law, ignorance is no defense. Employers look at the rising cost of health benefits, coupled with high [...]

Jul 282010
 

Many employers are facing turnover issues that they may not have had to deal with in the past. Some of the turnover is downsizing due to a tough economy. That type of turnover is not the common turnover that employers deal with consistently. It is usually a one time issue and hopefully will go away as the economy turns around. The turnover I’m talking about is the “revolving door” of employees being hired, staying for a little while, and then leaving. This type of turnover can be symptomatic of a deeper, organizational problem. Some employers say, “So what. Turnover is inevitable and if the employee doesn’t want to stay, they should leave.” These employers don’t seem to understand how costly [...]

Jun 302009
 

There are so many options available during this difficult economic time to reduce costs. Trying to make the right decision regarding which way to go can be daunting. So many companies are making decisions that while thought to be short term, have long term effects. So every decision has to count! With the internet, however, there are lots of ways a company can outsource functions without giving up control. In the past, if you were outsourced, you were transferring oversight to a third party. There are now effective ways to stay in control while reducing company costs. It may be more effective to to automate a process that was previously handled manually than to give control to a third party [...]

Jun 092009
 

We are all well aware that the job market is very tight and there are many people who are competing for the same positions. The first step in the process is for employers to review the resumes of people applying for a position. What are they looking for and what can you do to increase your chance of landing an interview? 1. Start with a clearly stated job objective or background summary. An objective works best when you can be specific as to the type of position you are looking for. If you are flexible and can consider several types of positions, the background summary may be the best way to highlight your skills and abilities. Examples: Objective: Position as [...]

Apr 222009
 

In today’s economy it is more important than ever to avoid turnover. Turnover is extremely costly. These are the factors you need to consider when estimating what the bottom line is when it comes to calculating turnover. First, there are separation costs. Staff time, including the departing employee, in conducting the exit interview and preparing COBRA paperwork where required. Consider payout of paid time off (vacation) due to the employee as well as possible unemployment costs. Don’t forget interim costs until the employee is replaced such as temporary or contract workers as well as overtime for current employees who take up the workload. Morale often suffers if current employees are expected to pick up the slack for an extended period [...]

Aug 132008
 

All employers are required to make certain that their workers are authorized to work in the United States. The Justice Department has recently issued guidelines to make certain that employers are not using the verification process to discriminate against employees because of their national origin. If the Department receives a complaint, the agency will first determine whether the complainant is an authorized worker. If the employee is authorized, the agency will conduct an investigation into whether or not an employer has engaged in unlawful discrimination. When an employer receives a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration or a “tentative non-confirmation” as a result of using the E-Veriffy System, the company must resolve those situations in accordance with the procedures [...]

Aug 122008
 

Employers can face stiff penalties for I-9 violations which include substantial fines and also debarment from government contracts. Penalties can be imposed for hiring unauthorized workers as well as simply for committing paperwork violations even if all workers are authorized to work. So how does an employer sort through the information and fully protect itself from fines? Knowledge is the key to understanding the severity of these penalties. Penalties can include $250 to $3,000 for improper completion of the I-9 form. Improper completion, retention or making it available for inspection fines range from $100 to $1,100 for each I-9. Knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers fines range from $250 up to $11,000 per violation. Firms who show a [...]

Jul 292008
 

One of the most critical aspects of the recruiting process is Orientation. Orientation is a function that allows a new employee to learn about the organization, what the expectations are in the position, who is responsible and accountable, and in general what they need to know to become an integral part of the company. It is sad, however, that many companies not only don’t provide an orientation, but expect the new employee to be able to figure it out themselves. The problem is, if you don’t provide a formal orientation process, the employee will still receive an orientation and it may not be the one that will benefit the employee, their co-workers or the company. As part of the hiring [...]