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How to Consider Intangible Attributes in Your Business’s Hiring Decisions

The really tough part of any business hiring evaluation process is attaching numerical ratings to the intangibles,those attributes that are difficult to measure. Here are some suggestions on how to tell [more…]

How to Catch Résumé Warning Signs

Résumé writing is a good example of the law of unintended consequences in business, which can help you understand a potential hire. Sometimes what’s not in a résumé or what’s done through carelessness [more…]

Applicant Tests: Integrity and Polygraph Tests

Selecting the right test for an applicant to your business probably won’t be a problem because choices abound. Dozens of commercial test publishers collectively produce thousands of tests. You can find [more…]

How to Align Staff with Business Needs

Strategic staffing in your business begins with an effort to reassess your department’s human resource requirements in the context of your firm’s business priorities. It’s a mindset rather than a process [more…]

The Difference between Employee, Contingent Worker, and Independent Contractor

When looking outside the company to hire new employees, you have a number of options. If core team members are fully occupied, and you have new tasks that must be handled on an ongoing basis, it probably [more…]

How Employee Diversity Can Work for Your Company

Diversity in your company’s workforce includes a lot more than minority representation in your employee pool. Trends such as delayed retirement, second careers, and increased longevity mean that the age [more…]

How to Choose the Right Firm to Meet Your Contingent Staffing Needs

The case for using a staffing firm to help execute a contingency staffing strategy is fairly airtight. Firms that specialize in providing contingent workers already have a pool of experienced people they [more…]

How to Get the Most Benefit from Contingent Workers

Blending contingent workers into your company’s existing workforce requires a certain amount of preparation at the departmental level to make sure that you’re getting the most out of these professionals [more…]

How to Offer Feedback on Contingent Workers

When contingent workers finish their assignments with your company, make a record of what you thought of their performance. Depending on whether your experience was positive or negative, you may want to [more…]

How to Kick Off the Employee Hiring Process

You should always have a general idea before you start any employee recruiting effort of how you intend to conduct and manage the process. A good way to begin is to set a deadline for when, ideally, you [more…]

How to Recruit Potential Employees through Online Job Boards

Job boards are extremely popular with job seekers. These websites, used by employers to advertise jobs, may be the best way for a company to reach a large number of candidates quickly. Literally thousands [more…]

How to Recruit Potential Employees through Your Company Website

There was a time when ambitious employment candidates would try to study up on the company they were applying to by requesting company literature — annual reports, sales material, marketing brochures — [more…]

Alternatives to Employee Layoffs to Reduce Business Costs

If the purpose of a layoff of employees is to cut down on business costs (as opposed to reduce redundancy), you may want to explore options that, at the very least, can reduce the number of people who [more…]

How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

The definition of sexual harassment, on the surface, seems fairly straightforward. Broadly, it is imposing an unwanted condition on a person’s employment because of that person’s sex. [more…]

How to Deal Sexual Harassment Claims from Your Employees

No company today can afford to ignore this issue of sexual harassment among employees, and no one with HR responsibility can afford to forget that what one person may view as a harmless joke may well be [more…]

How to Avoid Workplace Violence

Violence in the workplace is an issue that no company — regardless of how large or small the company or where it’s located — can afford to ignore.

What steps can your company take to provide reasonable [more…]

Top Ten Human Resources-Related Websites

Plenty of websites address various aspects of the human resources function in a business. These ten sites are the ones every HR professional should know about and use. [more…]

How to Ease the Trauma of Employee Layoffs

Layoffs differ from firings in a variety of ways, but one critical aspect comes to mind: The people being let go haven’t necessarily done anything to warrant losing their jobs. Layoffs occur for a number [more…]

How to Decide Whether to Lay Off Employees

Generally, in a nonunion, private work environment, when an employee is laid off, there is no expectation that she will be returning to work. Some companies use the term in a different sense, however. [more…]

How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Firing Unproductive Employees

Even when you have good cause, firing an employee is not an easy process. The following guidelines can help you avoid some common mistakes in connection with employee terminations: [more…]

How to Fire Unproductive Employees

Even when you have ample cause for doing so, firing employees is difficult — not only for the employees losing their jobs and the supervisors making the decision, but for co-workers as well. [more…]

How to Handle Post-Termination with an Employee

If your company hasn’t developed one, work with your management to develop a disciplined, clearly defined procedure for what happens after you fire an employee. Make the break as clean as possible — albeit [more…]

How to Defuse Employee Grievances

An effective, well-balanced disciplinary process does more than provide a means for dealing with employees’ problem behavior. It also gives them an opportunity to speak up [more…]

How to Develop Employee Disciplinary Procedures

Some companies like a formalized disciplinary process, one that reasonably and systematically warns employees when performance falls short of expectations. A [more…]

How to Protect Yourself from Wrongful Discharge Litigation by Former Employees

Wrongful discharge cases remain a mainstay of litigation against employers. Even more sobering is the fact that plaintiffs win most wrongful discharge suits that reach a jury trial largely because juries [more…]

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