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How to Engage and Retain Top Talent

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 | 0 comments

ASTD recently ran an article stressing the importance of organizations shifting their focus from filling jobs to engaging employees. While it makes sense that engaged employees tend to be more productive and deliver better quality work, understanding what keeps them engaged is a critical component to business success. Organizations that take advantage of workforce analytics understand how their valued employees function best in the workplace....

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What Everyone Needs to Know about Recruiters

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin The DailyWorth recently ran an article that clarified some misconceptions about recruiters and the role they play. From tips like, “Recruiters don’t work for you,” and they’re not your career coach to, “Don’t call them — they’ll call you,” the article shares some great insights. It also notes that when working with a recruiter, you should “Expect to complete a personality test on...

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Hiring by Numbers

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin Hiring can be a risky business. You connect with someone in an interview. They have all the right answers.  You can’t wait for them to start. But when they do, it quickly becomes clear that you’ve made a mistake—one that is not easily remedied. Traditionally, hiring has been largely a decision guided by emotions or a “gut feel.” But that is changing. In the December 2013 issue of The Atlantic, writer Don Peck discusses, “What...

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Accelerating New Hire Productivity

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin We all know how challenging it can be to get new employees up and running quickly. Most require 90 days to prove themselves on the job, and it can take just as long for them to feel acclimated. But those 90 days are critical because according to an Aberdeen study, that’s when 86% of new hires decide their fate with the company. Did you know? • New employees are 69% more likely to stay longer than three years if they experience...

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Finding Needles in a Haystack

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 | 0 comments

By Michelle Kozin   Given the global talent shortage, finding the right talent has become more and more challenging. In the January 24, 2014 issue of BBC Capital, Alina Dizik wrote that “Sony had a hiring problem…they couldn’t find enough people to apply for its positions as sales assistants…Rather, [they] couldn’t find the right people—the ‘sales pros’ who could explain the features of a camera without using complex explanations of terms...

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Bridging the Generation Gap

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 | 0 comments

By Michelle Kozin Given that people are retiring later and later these days, it’s not uncommon for companies to have as much as a 50-year age gap between their employees, spanning four generations — Traditionalists (1922-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1981), and Generation Y/Millennials (1982-2000). But managing multi-generational teams can get complicated, since different people have different work styles, influences,...

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Keeping Your Employees Productive at Home

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin The polar vortex has wreaked havoc on much of the country, bringing with it over a dozen winter storms that have kept many of us off the roads and out of the office. Just because employees are working from home, it doesn’t mean productivity has to come to a standstill. There’s still work to be done. The key is effective communication. Here are a few tips to help your remote workers stay productive year round: 1. Crystalize...

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Building Effective Leaders

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin Few people are born leaders. That’s because so many different traits are required for effective leadership: decisiveness, empathy, vision, problem-solving skills, confidence, and an ability to see people’s strengths, just to name a few. But good leaders can be developed. In fact, organizations with formal leadership development programs in place are far more likely to have the highest caliber talent at the helm. Before you...

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Three Tips for Keeping Your Employees Engaged In 2014

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 | 0 comments

by Michelle Kozin   According to a recent Gallup study, an alarming 87 percent of all employees are disengaged at work. That means they’re either spinning their wheels on the job, or have one foot out the door. That’s no way to start the New Year, since employee performance will have a direct impact on your bottom line. Engaged employees are not only 50 percent more productive, they’re 44 percent more likely to stay at their current...

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Why Building a Coaching Culture Should Be a Priority in 2014

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 | 0 comments

By Matt Poepsel Ph.D. Several workforce trends are moving the practice of coaching from a “nice to have” to a talent management imperative. Globalization, a multigenerational workforce, retiring baby boomers, and a growing talent shortage are making it exceedingly difficult to acquire, develop and retain skilled talent. According to Bersin by Deloitte, “The combination of these trends has changed organizations’ approach to employee performance...

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