The Cost of Mediocrity: Does it really save you money when you hire an “acceptable” employee?

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It happens: You have a position that needs filling right away, and you hire quickly so numerous people don’t have to spend hours of their time looking at resumes and conducting interviews. Or you get a good gut reaction from one of the candidates. After spending even more time (and money) hiring, training, and paying… Read more »

Attracting the Right Candidate: Company Culture

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As you go through the hiring process, while you have many considerations for your candidates, remember they also have some for you. One important factor for many job seekers involves company culture. Can they fit in with the beliefs and mission of your company? And will this culture fit the candidate in a way that… Read more »

Strategic Staffing: Partnering to Find the Best Candidates

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If you want to build a shed, what do you have to consider? Materials and how to get the best quality for your time and available money. What type you want to build. How long it may take to build it and how much time you have. How the shed will fit in your yard… Read more »

The Difference Between Average Workers and Top Performers

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While good managers and HR personnel can recognize what makes an employee stand out in the most positive and negative of ways, what distinguishes an average worker from that top performer? Again, in some ways, easy to spot, but it’s worth considering the differences in terms of ROI: (monetary, efficiency, time). When you stop to… Read more »

Four Strategies to Find the Best Candidates

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As a recruiter or HR employee, you know the basics of how to hire a solid candidate: Look through resumes and cover letters, cull out the ones that best fit your needs or who look the most promising, conduct (at least one) interview. These work well, primarily, in hiring the right person for the job…. Read more »

The Top 5 Pain Points in Performance Reviews (And How To Solve Them)

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Most everyone dreads dealing with performance appraisals. Let’s be honest: performance reviews are a pain in the you-know-what. Employees don’t like them and HR aren’t fans either–45 percent of HR leaders didn’t think reviews were good gauges of a worker’s performance, compared to last year’s 39 percent, according to a poll by the Society of… Read more »

Changing Organizational Culture: Do You Do It Top Down or Ground Up?

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Lots of companies are adding an executive-level position of culture chief. Seems like a good idea, right? NOT SO! When done right, a culture exec can be a powerful role to marshal resources, but it runs a HUGE risk of communicating a top-down approach to culture–and that’s not the way to go. What works better?… Read more »