How to Fill Your Open Jobs Faster

How To Fill Your Open Jobs Faster

When you’re looking to fill a vacant position at your organization, time is money. The longer you look for someone, the more time you take away from other aspects of your job and the more efficiency drops as others try to pick up the slack for their missing teammate. And the stakes are even higher for your organization if the position is mission-crucial. Here are some tips on how to save time, money and productivity by filling your open jobs faster. Look for Efficiencies “Look at your hiring process and find ways to eliminate inefficiencies,” says John Ducar of Skilled Wizard. “Be aggressive. Most internal processes are far too cumbersome. Get the decision-maker engaged to see candidates immediately and make the new prospective employee the priority.” “Consider checking references first before going through the interview process,” says hiring consultant Amy Wright. “One of the big time-sucks in filling open positions …

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5 Common Mistakes Employers Make in Designing Wellness Programs – And how to Avoid Them

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More employers are turning to workplace wellness programs to help control employee benefits costs and as an additional benefit to help attract and retain top employees. Industry research suggests that such investments can pay off handsomely for employers, but only if organizations are smart about how they execute their wellness initiatives. Here are 5 common mistakes that employers make when establishing and managing their wellness programs and offers expert advice on creating and implementing programs that work. 1. Starting Without a Plan You can’t expect to accomplish much with any major initiative if you start without first laying out a plan of action. “One of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen in corporate wellness initiatives (and one reason that many of them fail) is that not enough time is spent in planning,” says Carol Nave, a certified fitness trainer with and owner-operator at X Factor Fitness Solutions. “In the name of urgency, …

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Avoidable Ways HR Drives Employees Nuts

Avoidable Ways HR Drives Employees Nuts

Human resources departments and employees often get a bad rap – sometimes deserved and sometimes not. In the worst cases, business owners and executives view them as a necessity to keep the organization from being sued, while some employees see them as hall monitors, enforcing every little rule just for their own pleasure. If you’re in HR, though you know you and your peers are strategic business partners, capable of leveraging talent to help the bottom line. You’re also employee advocates who want everyone to succeed. How can there be such disparate views of the same department? Is it possible HR feels like a strategic business partner and advocate while behaving like a hall monitor? Probably. Here are a few avoidable ways HR is driving everyone crazy – and what HR professionals can do to stop. Over or Under Communicating By not having a strategic communications plan, HR can overwhelm or underwhelm staff members. “If employees see one too many …

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Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

The following important tips will help your company plan a successful open enrollment. Tip #1: Design a Clear and Concise Open Enrollment Announcement  Make sure your open enrollment announcement clearly summarizes key information, including: Open enrollment period dates for all benefits Pre-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Post-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Premium increases (if any) Any benefit changes Tip #2: Create and Follow a Schedule for Communicating Open Enrollment Information Create a timeline to distribute the required communication materials to help ensure a successful open enrollment. The following is an example of a potential timeline: Email and/or mail your open enrollment announcement 7-14 days prior to the open enrollment period Send email reminders 1-3 days before the open enrollment period begins (include FAQs as an effective way to respond to the most commonly asked questions) Send a reminder on the 1st and 2nd days of open enrollment to all employees, …

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Lack of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Lack Of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Offices designed with open and shared workspaces have been popular for decades – at least, with people designing office buildings. Research indicates that those who actually work in shared spaces aren’t necessarily happy about it. Moreover, open work spaces may not be the best idea for a company’s bottom line. A new study questioned 10,000 workers in 14 countries about their office environments and working patterns. The results show that the number one complaint from employees is a lack of privacy in their work areas. The research suggests not having private workspaces undermines the ability of some workers to do their best at their jobs, damages their level of engagement, hurts morale and can negatively affect an organization’s productivity. The Impact of too Little Privacy in the Workplace The extensive international research, carried out by global market research company IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of Steelcase (an international leader in the office furniture industry), found that almost all the …

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