Workplace Culture

Stop Hiring for Fit If You Want to Have a Diverse Team

 

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Yes, it’s important to hire workers who fit in well with your team from a cultural standpoint. However, it is possible to overdo it in a sense. Trying to only hire “clones” of your current workforce isn’t the best idea, even if it has been working out for you so far, because you run the risk of missing out on even more qualified candidates, as well as other pitfalls. Take a look at some of the following ways diversification can work wonders for your company, and how choosing to only hire for direct cultural fit can deprive you of such benefits:

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Bringing Your Baby to Work: A New Work Perk

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The pressure of having a career and a family has become a difficult balancing act for most families. In fact, in 2018, 63 percent of family households with children had two working parents. For that reason, perks for new parents have become an important discussion for most companies. If companies are not able to support working parents and encourage a balance between home and work, they may lose out on a significant portion of the work force.

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The Hidden Costs of Hiring

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Hiring skilled employees results in the company making more money, right? Perhaps in the long run, but throughout the hiring process you’ll need to be prepared for some hidden costs that can really add up. Let’s go over some recruitment costs that you’ll want to consider before beginning your hiring process.

Time and money are the easy hiring costs to identify. Dedicated HR staff compensation can be pretty costly per year, and less cost effective for smaller businesses. If your business is too small for a dedicated HR team, you’ll likely need to assign recruitment work to other employees in the office, which eats up time that could be spent on their normal day to day activities. Additionally, creating advertisements for the position takes time and planning, as employee qualifications need to be carefully considered before posting the position. Apart from time, the advertisements themselves can also be upwards of a few hundred dollars per day. If your ad is poorly written, it can deter the right candidates or bring in the wrong candidates, resulting in a longer hiring process in which the ad cost per day really starts to add up. On top of these costs, you’ll also be spending money on any equipment the employee will need, such as laptops, tablets, software, and other supplies.

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Global Recruitment Insights: Decoding What International Candidates Want

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The first question I ask a future client is “Do you hire Internationally?” The second question I always ask is: “And where are you having trouble finding talent?”

The primary focus of most companies tasked with hiring internationally is finding resources to fit the needs in each distinct market. Having a board to post jobs in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, the list goes on. Is it that easy?

Well, short answer here: Sure, that works.

But let’s dial in a little further and look at two separate more-common-than-you-might-think scenarios.

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How AI Will Impact Who You Hire

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Nowadays, the workplace is changing.  Jobs are changing, some even becoming “obsolete.” A large part of this flux is due to artificial intelligence being the new normal, increasing productivity and altering traditional job roles.  

More than ever, hiring managers have to look at what positions can be entirely filled with robots, and which can be assisted with the help of AI to produce more and cost less.  This means that who is being hired is being impacted.  The conundrum of AI vs human labor is one that sounds like the plot of a movie.  The evil machines have taken over and people who have years of manual labor experience find themselves jobless and left to fight the big bad robots and the corporations that tossed them aside.  But it isn’t a movie, it’s truly happening, just not necessarily with everyone losing their jobs in the end.  Being conscientious of the use of AI in your workplace and how to hire to utilize it without losing human labor could be a vital step in keeping business booming and people employed.

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5 Things Interviewers Do That Candidates Can’t Stand

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Finding the best possible candidates for a role in your company is incredibly important, and of course, interviews are crucial for this. And while understanding who to hire lies heavily on the head of the person being interviewed, there are mistakes you could be making that are turning-off exceptional workers. Here are five things interviewers do that candidates can’t stand:

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Why Giving Your Employees Flexibility Improves Morale and Productivity

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In a job market like today’s, where skilled workers are in high demand and employers are having a hard time filling positions, offering workplace flexibility is something to consider in order to attract top talent.  The idea that flexibility invokes laziness is an old school one and has since been proven untrue. Employees are far more likely to rate their job positively and use their hours productively when they have some control over their schedule. Here are some easy ways you can give your employees the flexibility they want.

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Gen Z Rising: How This New Generation Will Transform the Workplace

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Generation Z is the first generation that can barely remember a time before smartphones and the internet. They hold many qualities in common with millennials, but have been greatly influenced by coming of age during the Great Recession. Understanding how these factors make them unique is the first step to understanding how they will change the workplace.

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5 Ways to Discourage Your Staff from Calling in Sick After the Super Bowl

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Monday mornings are hard enough, but factor in a night of indulging, watching football (and commercials) and you have a recipe for disaster.

With Super Bowl Sunday on the horizon, employers around the country should be bracing themselves for a bombardment of calls from employees calling in sick Monday morning because according to a survey conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by The Harris Poll 17.2 million employees plan to do just that. 

What’s great about the Super Bowl is that people host parties specifically for this game—even if their team isn’t playing and even if they don’t care about football—it’s amazing! But as a result many overindulge and neglect their responsibilities the next day, i.e. work.

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78% of People Plan to Look for a New Job in 2019 – Which is Why You Need to Focus on Improving Employee Engagement

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The new year is starting out with some headlines that undoubtedly have employers on edge. Half of DC-area Workers Would Jump Ship for Amazon, Why More Employers May Be Checking in With Talent Every Day, or even Employee Experience Rarely Exceed Expectations, Study Says. All of these headlines point to one thing: in order to retain your top talent and keep them happy, you’re going to have to pay attention to employee engagement.

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