Employers Increasingly Use Social Media To Find Job Candidates

Employers Increasingly Use Social Media To Find Job Candidates

Social media is now a part of daily life for the majority of Americans — and it’s becoming an important tool for human resource professionals searching for job candidates. New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of organizations are using social media for recruitment and another 9% plan to do so in the near future. Approximately two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social media compared to only 7% a decade ago, according to a Pew Research Center report. Considering the vast number of people who interact on social media, and the amount of information that can be gleaned from posts and profiles, it’s no surprise the social networking phenomenon has impacted employee hiring. For SHRM’s “Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition — Recruitment and Screening” survey, 410 HR professionals were asked how their organizations use social media to recruit and screen job candidates. Almost 90% of organizations reported they use social media to post job advertisements and three-quarters …

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Explaining Disability Benefits: Research Shows HR Needs To Do More

Explaining Disability Benefits: Research Shows HR Needs To Do More

If your organization offers disability insurance, what do your employees actually know about these benefits? The answer could be “far less than you think.” Two recent studies indicate that many human resource (HR) departments need to do a better job explaining disability insurance. While thorough information about health insurance and retirement plans is typically provided to employees, it appears that getting the facts about disability benefits to workers may receive less attention. According to a study from the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA), HR professionals generally do have a good understanding of the causes of disability. That indicates they should be able to provide clear and useful information about disability insurance to their employees – however, they aren’t necessarily doing this. For example, a survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Unum (a leading provider of disability benefits) last spring found that 88% of people who had received disability benefits felt their employers did not communicate important …

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Anxiety In The Workplace Lowers Job Performance

Anxiety In The Workplace Lowers Job Performance

Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — and they can have a major impact on the workplace. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found employees suffering from anxiety can be less productive. They may turn down promotions or avoid staff events or meetings with coworkers because of their condition, too. Now a study from the University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, concludes workplace anxiety can lead directly to lower job performance because it impacts the quality of relationships among employees and their managers and coworkers. “Workplace anxiety is a serious concern not only for employee health and well-being, but also for an organization’s bottom line,” said John Trougakos, PhD, and Rotman School of Management expert on organizational behavior. Dr. Trougakos and colleagues investigated the effects of workplace anxiety on officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian …

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Who Needs A Training Continuum Anyway?

Training Continuum

Sales’ mission is to create new revenue and preserve existing customers. When a sales position is filled it is very important to get the new hire up and running as quickly as possible so they can go out and make an impact! Bogging down a new hire with a long training program can get in the way of this mission. Just test the new hires and let’s all move on… Training is an essential piece of the new hire’s on-boarding experience to ensure product knowledge is solid before making presentations to customers. So, how can sales training work with the sales department to create a win-win? One way is to weave field mentoring activities into the on-boarding experience. This helps give the representative the customer perspective while they are learning the core aspects of marketing your product. It also helps them become field-ready faster. It’s important to note though that training …

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Could The New DOL Overtime Rule Cost You Your Job?

DOL Overtime Rule

While the financial world continues to acquaint itself with the Department Of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary rule, and the impact it will have on the industry, another DOL ruling is looming just around the corner.  Effective December 1, 2016 an estimated 4.2 million employees will become eligible for overtime compensation.  The new DOL overtime regulation will raise the current overtime rate for employees from $455 a week, to $913. That means employers will have to pay overtime compensation to any employee making less than $47,476 annually ($913 weekly). To account for wage growth, these numbers will be updated every 3 years.  For many this is welcome news. Since the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1975, 60% of salaried workers in the U.S. were eligible for overtime. Over the years inflation and regulatory changes have weakened the rules in place, and today only about 7% of salaried workers receive overtime compensation. According to DOL Secretary, Tom Perez, this new …

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