Three Things That Will Improve Employee Engagement

Recently I read a piece in the e-version of a major business publication which, by title and implication suggested that seventy percent of Americans hate their work. The piece used as its factual anchor the oft-quoted “State of the American Workplace Report” by Gallup, which suggests that only ...

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Be As Judicious About Adding Headcount at Work as You Are at Home

By many measures, the U.S. economy is in spring-like mode, pushing up new green shoots and showing greater signs of vitality. Consumer confidence is up. Ditto for hotel occupancies and rates, manufacturing output (yes, we still make stuff here, e.g., Shinola.com), and corporate profits. Have ...

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Talent Matters

Christina Aguilera is a talented singer, fully capable of rendering a flawless and inspiring performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, or many other songs, to the delight of all those within earshot. Unfortunately, during the 2011 Super Bowl, she failed to deliver her best ...

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Time for an Employer Brand Checkup?

I remember seeing a cartoon depicting a couple in the southern US, watching TV in a cluttered living room, strewn with beer cans, newspapers, and laundry. The wife hangs up the phone and says, “Paw, put on a shirt and straighten up the front room. Company’s comin’!” If ...

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5 Tips for Conducting More Effective Reference Checks

The following is a guest post by Zuni Corkerton, Founder and President of RefCheck. Today’s economic environment leaves no room for risk-taking in the talent-acquisition process.  Employers simply cannot afford the costs of re-hiring (estimated to be 2 to 3 times the annual salary of the ...

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The latest faulty hiring filter: bad credit

You finally get approval to fill that long-vacant position – the opening that has taken your team to the brink of burnout. You spend nights and weekends reviewing the pile of applicants, and narrow it down to someone who looks like a superstar. They’ve got the experience, the ...

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Hire the Best…They’re Out There

The US Census Bureau is witnessing, firsthand, one of the consequences of the bad economy. Very much unlike the last time it was in heavy recruiting mode (1989-90), the supply of talented, qualified, educated, and eager workers for the decennial project is plentiful. USA Today quotes US Census ...

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On Being ‘Overqualified’ – Job Hunting Tips for Baby-Boomers and Others

For readers who are not looking for jobs at the moment, be thankful, and please pardon the posting of job hunting tips two days in a row. It just seems a bit relevant at the moment. Today’s post is directed largely at the over 50 crowd (or over 40, or whatever age you have to...

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Now Hiring

Despite the barrage of bad economic news, it’s interesting to note that companies are still producing, serving, shipping, billing, paying, borrowing (which means banks are lending), getting paid…and yes, hiring. (In the last 2 weeks, I’ve been on 13 commercial flights – ...

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