Posts byTerri Williams

Change Mismanagement: Why Your Employees Don’t Like Company Changes

“People are very open-minded about new things, as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” ~ Charles F. Kettering  Change may be in the air, but it’s not necessarily in your employees’ hearts. Some workers are neither optimistic about – nor confident in – your attempts to alter their working environment. According to a recent
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Should Your Company Start Setting Aside Funds to Negotiate With Cyberextortionists?

At first glance, the answer may seem quite cut and dry: You never negotiate with criminals, and that includes cybercriminals. However, if you consider how many companies have been breached, the likelihood of it happening to your organization, and the lack of viable alternatives, negotiating doesn’t seem like such an outrageous idea. A ThreatTrack Security
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2 Out of 3 Companies Have Lost Employees Who Didn’t Fit the Company Culture

  In many ways, landing the right employee is similar to playing the popular game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” You’re competing with other contestants (companies) to solve puzzles and win big prizes (employees) while sidestepping those pesky landmines like candidates whose actions can bankrupt your company. You’re also doing more than a fair amount of
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Why Your Satisfied Workers May Be Looking For a New Job

You’re doing everything you can to create an environment in which your employees are engaged and happy. Despite your best efforts, some of your workers may be looking for a new job this year. According to an online CreditDonkey survey of 905 American workers, 66% of employees are satisfied with their current job, yet 44%
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When Hiring Entry-Level Employees, Attitude Trumps Skills and Education

  An applicant’s education and trade skills used to weigh more heavily than any other factor, but that trend appears to be changing. Attitude and other soft skills are now just as – if not more – important to employers. A survey by Instructure, a Salt Lake City, UT-based information technology company, reveals that many managers
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Find Your Next Great Hire During Happy Hour with Betts Recruiting

If you’re tired of tediously wading through the credentials of hundreds of unqualified applicants to find one good candidate, and you’ve grown weary of the monotony of cut-and-dry, prim-and-proper interviews, be of good cheer. You may be able to find your next great hire during happy hour. Betts Recruiting is on a mission to change
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Creating a Zero Tolerance for Workplace Injuries

Many companies think it’s too expensive to provide a safe working environment, but consider these statistics: Investing in proactive workplace safety processes can yield a $6.15 return on investment for every dollar spent. In 2012, private industry employers reported approximately three million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses, while 793,000 cases were reported for state and
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Are You Taking Minutes and Wasting Hours? How to Cure Your Unproductive Meetings

“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.”  This popular phrase is often attributed to William Shatner’s Star Trek character, Captain James Kirk. It’s a humorous quote, but there’s nothing funny about unproductive meetings. In fact, a Robert Half Management Resources survey reveals that workers consider 25 percent of the time
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The Diversity Career Fair: Tomorrow in New York City

Are you either looking for a job or seeking job candidates in or around the New York area? If so, consider attending the Diversity Career Fair at the Hilton New York Midtown on Wednesday, April 8. The Diversity Career Fair is presented by the Professional Diversity Network and provides an opportunity for job seekers to
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Three Uncomfortable Truths That Can Derail Your Organization

A previous HR & Talent Management article, “Millennials in the Workforce: Separating Fact From Fiction,” was based on an IBM study that dispelled five common misconceptions regarding the behaviors, habits, and expectations of working Millennials. However, the second half of IBM’s groundbreaking study, “Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths,” reveals that workers from every generation feel
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What a Messy Desk Reveals About Your Employees

  Are you forming opinions about your employees based on the tidiness or messiness of their desks? Is your boss judging you based on how organized your desk looks on a routine basis? OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly-skilled administrative professionals, used an independent research firm to survey more than
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What’s in Your Employee Handbook – And Is it Relevant?

  Your company’s employee handbook is a comprehensive document covering such topics as company policies and procedures, salaries and benefits, and other human resource-related information. However, since both society and the workplace are fluid environments, the employee handbook must stay abreast of these changes to remain relevant. According to a recent XpertHR survey of 521
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Money Trumps Everything . . . Except When It Doesn’t

In survey after survey, employers list “salary” as the top factor when deciding if they are going to accept a job offer or remain with their current employer. However, according to a recent study by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, most workers would continue
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Two-Thirds of Managers Need Guidance on How to Coach and Develop Employees

  Organizations want high-performing workers, and employees want to develop the skills and knowledge they need to advance their career and make them more valuable to the organization. So far, it sounds like everyone is on the same page. However, managers are the bridge from Point A to Point B – and that’s a problem
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Besides a Good Salary (Duh!), What Do Employees Really Want?

Employees want to be paid well for their services – and if your company hasn’t figured that out, do not pass go and do not collect $200. However, a good salary is only the starting place, not the finish line. According to a recent survey by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service
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Your Company’s Secrets Aren’t Secret or Safe

If you thought you were the only person in the company who knew where the bodies were buried, you would be wrong – dead wrong. It appears that your support staff (receptionists, administrative assistants, security guards, janitors, custodians, housekeepers, mailroom attendants, and maintenance workers) may be privy to more confidential information than the NSA. According to
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If You Love Your Employees, Let Them Go

If you let your employees go, there’s a good chance they will not only come back, but will also be more loyal, less stressed, and more productive. So how do you let your employees go? With three simple words: paid time off. According to The Lockton Survey Report, paid time off (PTO) is a significant
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The U.S. Snags 4th Place in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

The results are in and according to the 2nd annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), the United States ranks 4th out of 93 countries in terms of producing, attracting, and retaining talent. The Index, released in January, is a collaboration between Adecco Group, graduate business school INSEAD, and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore.
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Millennials in the Workforce: Separating Fact From Fiction

Reports that the millennial generation is ruining the country are greatly exaggerated. It turns out that they’re not superficial, self-centered slackers who spend all day taking and posting selfies. On the other hand, more positive depictions of millennials as having a stronger sense of community and being committed to saving the world are not quite
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How to Recognize Management-Material Employees

  “You manage things; you lead people.” ~Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper According to a recent survey released by The Creative Group – a creative staffing agency that connects full-time or project-based talent and companies in design, marketing, advertising, and public relations – the employees that are considered for management positions already display leadership skills
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Leader Engagement – The Missing Key to Employee Engagement?

By now, everyone in HR – and likely, everyone up and down the organizational chart – knows that employee engagement is critical to a company’s success. And we all know that most employees believe that the CEO, senior management, and first-line managers are responsible for engaging workers. However, it’s not clear that we understand the
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How Your Employees are Jeopardizing Your Company’s Information Security

What keeps Chief Information Officers from sleeping at night? Eating too much pizza? Watching a scary movie? Having a partner who snores? Nope. It’s security. CIOs are concerned about external security threats, but they’re more concerned with the threats posed by employees. According to a January 2015 survey of CIOs and other IT professionals, published
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Should You Penalize an Applicant for Job Hopping?

Job-hopping – moving from one job to another every few years – used to be a sign of instability or some other type of work-related issue. However, the practice may be losing its stigma among some workers and employers. According to a study by Accountemps, which was published in December 2014, quite a few workers
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The Connective Leadership Institute: Bridging the Leadership Effectiveness Gap

Anyone who has witnessed the partisan politics and contentious exchanges that have become commonplace in our nation’s capital understands the importance of developing connective leaders.  However, the Federal government is just a microcosm of the challenges facing today’s leaders. “We’re living in a world where the leadership behavior that we want is so ineffective,” says
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Kudoz: Perhaps the Best Employment App You’ve Never Heard Of

You may not have heard about Kudoz, but trust me, you will. Perhaps the most impressive fact about Kudoz is that it just launched in September 2014 and has already become a top five employment app in France. According to Kudoz business developer Romain Dalmasso, “Most of our user acquisition is organic. We were lucky
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Vision Problems Affect 9 Out of 10 Employees

Your earnest efforts to provide a functional workspace for your employees may actually be hindering their health and performance, according to the 2015 Employee Perception of Vision Benefits survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Transitions Optical. The survey was conducted among 1,000 employed American adults whose employers offer vision benefits. The results reveal
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The Right Employer Personality Important to Job Seekers

Many companies embrace the notion of giving applicants personality tests to determine if candidates are a good fit with the company. However, potential employees are also gauging the personalities of companies to determine if they have the right “employer personality.” Research shows that while job offers are still important, a company’s ability to attract new
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Why Working Parents Lie to Employers

In spite of the emphasis on family-friendly workplaces and the importance of creating a work-life balance, many working parents feel that they have to lie to their employers regarding family obligations. According to The Modern Family Index, a 2014 study commissioned by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which provides employer-sponsored family care services: 31% of working parents
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Why Your Employees Won’t Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions

  Out with the old; in with the new. A new year brings with it a clean slate, and for many people, the promise of change. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include eating better, exercising more frequently, losing weight, and adopting a healthier lifestyle.   It’s no surprise that most people don’t
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Good Employees Minus Good Wages Equals Goodbye

Money may be the root of all evil, but it also appears to be the root cause of good workers jumping ship. While many companies may focus on increasing employee engagement and remembering to say “thank you” and “please,” it would appear that there’s a more dire need to focus on increasing wages. According to
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The Death of Workplace Etiquette and Ethics

OK, maybe the word “death” is too strong – but workplace etiquette and ethics are definitely on life support. The American workplace has changed drastically and while sometimes change is good, this is not one of those times. According to a January 2015 survey of upper and mid-level managers, conducted by Kessler International, employees are “borrowing”
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Uncovering Distinguishing Soft Skills to Find the Right Candidate

  How important is a candidate’s personality to an organization? Pierre-Francois Verley, the co-founder and CEO of Talentoday, believes that it is a vital component in not just the hiring process, but throughout an employee’s career. That’s why his company developed a tool to help companies assess personality and motivations.   “Nowadays, companies that are looking
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internrocket.com: A Dating Website to Help Your Career Blast Off

In many ways, a bad job fit is similar to a bad marriage. Sometimes, it’s entered into as a result of pressure. Often, during the courtship stage, both parties wear a mask that hides their true emotions, and they tend to overlook obvious warning signs. Once the relationship is “official,” one or both parties realize
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Snow Days, Flannel PJs, Hot Chocolate, and Job Searches

  As a Southerner who usually only sees snow on The Weather Channel, the phrase “snow days” invokes images of house-bound residents lounging around and sipping warm beverages. However, recent search data from Monster.com may shatter that picturesque image.   The last week in January, forecasters predicted that Winter Storm Juno would dump several feet
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Why Tim Sackett Wants You to Take the Door Off the HR Department

There are not many people who have more experience working in HR than Tim Sackett. When he was nine years old, Sackett’s mother opened HRU Technical Resources, a technical staffing company based in Lansing, MI. He was in charge of sending out the “Dear John,” thanks-but-no-thanks letters to rejected candidates. Sackett was paid five cents
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You Need My What??? Companies Request Old SAT Scores From Applicants

  As if applicants don’t have enough to worry about – a polished resume, an engaging cover letter, a professional appearance, impressive references, and a stellar work history – some employers want to add another qualifier: SAT scores.   It’s a requirement that has raised eyebrows, because the SAT is typically taken during the junior
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Disruptive Work Behaviors and How to Curb Them

As a leader, you’re responsible for the success of your team and/or your organization. However, if you exhibit “disruptive” work behaviors, you can jeopardize that success. Unfortunately, many leaders aren’t even aware that their behaviors or habits fall within this classification.   Keith Barnwell, a leadership development specialist and executive coach who tackled this subject
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JANZZ Helps Applicants Find the Perfect Job Match

Anyone who has ever signed up for job alerts from an online job site can attest to the fact that most of the alerts bear little to no resemblance to relevant job types. A marketing professional may be bombarded daily with email alerts containing opening positions for truck drivers, chefs, and an assortment of other
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