Foster Growth to Keep Your Talent Talented

5 tips for a successful interviewGreat leaders understand that the success of their business depends largely on their employees, and how they perform and grow within the company. The hiring process is only the first stage to running a successful business and retaining high performance employees.

In order for a company to grow, employees need to grow as well. Fostering growth increases worker satisfaction and builds a stronger company culture. Here are a few proven ways to foster growth to keep your talent talented.

Defining Expectations and Setting Goals

Setting expectations should be at the core of management and the key element to combating attrition and having satisfied workers. It is the manager’s responsibility to engage a discussion with each team member to set clear, actionable, personalized, and realistic goals. Defining expectations and setting goals must start with executive management, clearly communicated to managers and team leaders, and finally conveyed to employees.
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Finding the Right Staffing Solutions for Your Business

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessAre you paying too much for your temporary help? If your organization is working with a wide array of staffing partners, the answer is likely yes.

At many companies, an inconsistent, patchwork approach to hiring contingent workers has evolved over time. While such a system may provide a high degree of flexibility and autonomy from department to department, it also comes at a price in terms of cost and efficiency. Procurement professionals and hiring managers would be well-served to consider other staffing solutions that offer greater consistency and efficiency when hiring contingency staff.

An end-to-end solution

Indeed, a more cost-effective and efficient approach could be to work with a “master vendor” that partners with your team to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet contingent staffing needs. While the move requires buy-in from different parts of the organization, a master vendor typically delivers the best return on investment while also creating more consistency across the organization, reducing risk, and freeing up more time to for managers to focus on strategic business goals.
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How to Keep Employees Happy: Combat Attrition

job tipsDo you feel passionate about your work and committed to your company? 70% of Americans would be likely to respond “no” to this question.

According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workforce report:

  • 18% are actively disengaged: dissatisfied, unmotivated workers with attitudes that can be contagious to coworkers
  • 52% are disengaged: doing the bare minimum required to keep their job, but without any real connection to their work
  • 30% are engaged: proactive, productive employees who feel personally connected to the company

Low Employee Engagement Increases Attrition

Actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. more than $450 billion each year. Unhappy employees are more likely to leave the organization. Adecco’s 2012 Graduation Survey revealed that 91% of recent graduates would leave a job they didn’t like within a year. Turnover is expensive: on average, replacing just one employee costs 20% of their annual salary.

Attrition occurs when employees who leave aren’t replaced. Ironically, this often results in more turnover, as remaining employees become frustrated trying to “do more with less.” If your company has an employee engagement problem, or if you’re a disengaged employee, you probably already know it.

So how do you solve the problem and avoid attrition? Start by getting inspired by these five companies, who have developed creative employee engagement strategies to keep employees happy and minimize turnover.

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5 Ways The Hiring Process is Just Like Fantasy Football

Recruiting the right candidatesFantasy football season is in full swing, with more than 20 million Americans each week setting their rosters in hopes of capturing a coveted league championship.

While fantasy football is all about fun – and maybe winning a few bucks – it can also be instructive for those looking to hire top talent.

The strategy and skills required to run a successful fantasy football team in many ways mirror a successful hiring process. Here are a few ways how:
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How can you improve your talent pipeline? Hire a veteran.

Interested in hiring a veteran? Click here.The Many Benefits of Hiring Veterans

Military veterans served our country, and now many of them are making the transition from active duty service-member to active job seeker. This group represents a great opportunity for employers to cast a wide net when looking for top talent in the workplace.

First and foremost, veterans are almost always a smart hire. Their military service has provided them with a range of skills, expertise and leadership capabilities that translates well into the civilian sector. A veteran’s can-do work ethic and ability to perform and execute strategies well under pressure are not only mission-essential qualities for the military; these attributes make them stand out as candidates as well. Another incentive to hiring veterans are the federal tax benefits corporate America receives to encourage the hiring of veterans.

The unemployment rate for veterans currently runs about two points higher than the national average. To help reverse this trend, several initiatives are under way to bolster placement for veterans. One program that has delivered promising results is Hiring our Heroes. Launched in March 2011, the program connects employers with veterans, primarily through more than 600 hiring fairs throughout the country.
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Hiring for STEM skills in the New Year – Don’t wait

STEM skills worker in the fieldAs we near the end of 2013, is your 2014 workforce in place?  If you haven’t already, get a head start on recruiting for your current and projected 2014 hiring needs, especially if you’re recruiting employees with science, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills.  One of the most difficult challenges facing companies is the severe and growing gap in professionals with STEM skills.

To learn more about the STEM skills gap and its source, view our new infographic.

Recruiting for STEM jobs

Skilled STEM workers are particularly difficult to find, so we’ve compiled a list of recruiting strategies you can start using now to have your hires ready for January 1, 2014. 
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