How to determine if flexible scheduling is right for your company

Is Flexible Scheduling Right for Your Organization?

While most organizations have increased flexible scheduling during COVID-19 to accommodate their employees, many HR leaders are wondering if that flexibility should continue beyond quarantine. Creating a flexible workplace goes beyond establishing post-COVID work from home policies. Flexible work hours aren’t necessarily a fit for every organization. Here’s what to consider when determining if your company should try flexible scheduling. Flexible scheduling lures top talent Previous to COVID-19, one-third of ...
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Build a Diversity and Inclusion strategy for your organization with these 4 tips

4 Tips for Building a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

It’s no secret that diversity and inclusion are serious business. A recent survey found that 69% of executives list diversity and inclusion as an important issue for their companies and that over 86% of candidates rate diversity as a key concern when choosing an employer. So why are so many organizations struggling to make an exceptional change? Plans and Strategies vs. Programs When it comes to targeting new talent or ...
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Save Time and Lose Bias with One-Way Video Interviews

As organizations continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’, recruitment has become a rapidly evolving business function. Without the time-tested tools of in-person interviews, smart organizations are turning to ‘one-way’ or ‘asynchronous’ video interviews. Not only do one-way video interviews reduce the cost and effort associated with recruitment, but they also help to remove implicit bias from the talent identification processes. What is an asynchronous video interview? Like a lot ...
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The Peter Principle: How to avoid promoting to incompetence

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the ‘Peter Principle’

The manager who leaves you shaking your head after every call, wondering how ‘they' ever gave ‘that guy’ so much responsibility. The colleague who seemed like a do-it-all superstar right up until her last promotion, but now can’t organize her own inbox. The team leader who calls endless meetings, but always seems more than a little confused about the big deliverable. Sound familiar? If you’ve worked in corporate America you’ve ...
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How to Learn from Underperforming Employees

Underperforming employees can require a lot of resources and unpleasant conversations. One study estimates that low performing employees make up between five and ten percent of your workforce - but consume at least 26% of their managers’ time. But it’s not all negative. Whether they’re diamonds in the rough or cautionary tales - we have a lot to learn from underperforming employees if we focus on the data. Choose objectivity ...
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Why You Should Use Structured Interviews to Eliminate Bias in Hiring

Why You Should Use Structured Interviews to Eliminate Bias in Hiring

Many hiring managers prefer to use conversational interviews to evaluate potential new employees. Why? Without a rigid script, you can be yourself and encourage applicants to let their guard down. Perhaps even get to know them before making a decision. Fans of unstructured interviews point out that applicants tend to feel more at ease without the pressure of pre-set questions. Plus, candidates report forming higher overall impressions of companies using ...
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Everyone Wins in a Diverse Workplace

Everyone Wins in a Diverse Workplace

Diversity initiatives are not just a politically correct box to check – they are a powerful tool for organizational success. Having a diverse workforce of employees from different backgrounds with different experiences helps your team solve problems more creatively and make stronger decisions. Diversity, whether in terms of demographics or encompassing other unique experiences that inform one’s work, is a critical advantage. Why does diversity create an advantage at work? ...
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Rooting Out Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Anti-Racism 101: Tools for Human Resources Professionals Have you ever made a comment like this when describing one of your colleagues, an interview candidate or someone you met at a meeting or in a conference? “He just didn’t feel like a good fit for the company.”“Something about her seemed a bit ‘off’.”“He’s very competent. I can tell by the way he carries himself.”“She’s so well-spoken and polished. What a pleasant ...
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When it Comes to Fostering Diversity at Work, Listening is the Key

Protests sweeping across the country and around the world have ignited urgent new conversations about race and racism. During these times, we have heard repeated requests from educators, activists, academics, artists, and ordinary people to listen to people of color – to make space for the voices of those traditionally marginalized. Deanna Van Buren, an architect and restorative justice expert explains, “Black and brown communities are speaking out now, and ...
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Why Most Companies Get Hiring Developers Wrong

In my software development career, I’ve been hired and I have hired. Now, in my job of running a Talent Assessment company, I’ve been observing our customers dealing with the precarious nature of software developer hiring. In this blog, I will share my observations about these challenges as well as some solutions. 1. Talent Shortage? In 2019, 126,066 new Computer Science graduates (at both the B.S. and M.S. level) joined ...
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Getting Smart About Artificial Intelligence in HR

Selecting your next binge-worthy Netflix drama. Tagging your mom in that Facebook-worthy family portrait. Optimizing your route to work to avoid traffic. Brushing your teeth. What do all these activities have in common? Artificial intelligence (AI). (Yes, even dental hygiene!) Surprised? Were you thinking of chess-playing computers and robot dogs? Or maybe a manipulative supercomputer? Real-life AI may not be quite so cinematic, but it’s significantly more powerful. How powerful? ...
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Race, Responsibility & Hiring Algorithms: Our Stance on Bias in AI

Frankenstein’s monster or Dr. Frankenstein? Algorithms provide a cloak of objectivity – but that doesn’t make them infallible. Just like humans, algorithms may rely on stereotypes that reinforce discriminatory hiring practices. Why is this? Because that’s what they’re designed to do. The backbone of many of these potentially biased algorithms is something data-scientists call “satisficing,”. Satisficing is a decision-making strategy that aims for a satisfactory or adequate result, rather than ...
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3 Personality Traits for Employee Success in the ‘New Normal’ of Remote Work

For five years, Dellea and Angela have shared everything: an office, an administrative assistant, and a key function. Both women work in the Accounting division and, while both do good work and make valuable contributions, Angela always has a slight edge. She’s just a bit faster, a little more precise than Dellea. Since transitioning to working remotely, however, the tables seem to have turned. Dellea hands in flawless reports before ...
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So Nice to E-Meet You: Tips for Virtual Onboarding

Your organization pivoted to virtual job fairs and video interviews to ensure access to a steady pipeline of talent. The next step in hiring post-COVID-19? Virtual onboarding.  Whether you’re hiring extensively to meet urgent supply chain and logistics needs, seeking out technical talent to support a shift to e-commerce or looking forward to an influx of ‘new hires’ as the country comes back online, chances are high that your organization ...
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It’s the End of the Resume as We Know It — And That’s Just Fine

When will the governor lift the shelter in place order? Should employees wear masks and gloves in the office? Does my business qualify for a stimulus payment? Is teleworking and the remote office our new normal? During what has become known as ‘this time of great uncertainty’, companies can count on one thing as the country inches towards re-opening: they’re going to receive resumes. A lot of resumes. A record ...
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Invest Smarter: Prioritizing Workforce Development

Investing is all about making the right decisions with available resources. Companies have to make these decisions constantly, including when deciding who to hire, develop and promote.  The research is clear: organizational development is great for your company’s bottom line. But like any smart investment, the key is to target your organization’s effort and dollars at the people that will yield the highest returns.  How do you figure out who ...
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Being the HR Captain in the COVID-19 Era – Who Is Your Navigator?

We are all in uncharted territory. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about the new imperative for HR leaders, where I shared my thinking on how HR leaders are expected to help their company achieve its business goals and KPIs. Facing a global pandemic sheds a different light on these words. Business-as-usual goals and KPIs are put on hold. HR leaders are called now to help their organizations meet ...
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How to Use Technology for Efficient and Effective Remote Hiring

“The show must go on,” said Freddie Mercury.  And while he was referring to triumph over heartbreak rather than a novel coronavirus, the words still resonate.  Despite the economic challenges presented by COVID-19, businesses will continue to face staffing and recruitment needs.   But with public health authorities worldwide advocating social distancing as the best way to contain the outbreak, how can you ensure that you continue to source the ...
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Driving Business Performance through Talent Optimization: The New Imperative for HR Leaders

The role of HR in the modern organization is undergoing a transformation. Beyond recruiting, benefit management, and other traditional roles, HR leaders are expected to help their company meet and exceed its business goals and KPIs. As the shortage of skilled workers becomes the new norm across industries and disciplines, investment in human capital – from hiring to development and promotion – must be guided by the company’s business objectives ...
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Cangrade Assessments Bring the Power of AI to Workday

We are excited to announce that Cangrade is now officially a Workday Emerging Partner, which means that our AI-based assessments can be easily deployed within the Workday Recruiting platform. What does it mean for you? Integrating Cangrade into your Workday solution puts the power of AI-assisted assessments in the hands of your recruiters. AI-powered success models are the most accurate predictors of new-hire job performance, up to 4x more reliable ...
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Finding Your Purple Squirrel: Put Soft Skills Assessments to Work

If you’re a talent acquisition professional, you know finding candidates isn’t the tough part. What’s the tough part? Finding the right candidate. Job descriptions usually come with a laundry list of skills-related qualifications attached. Why is this an issue? Well, it’s recruiters and HR managers then that face the so-called “purple squirrel” problem. The term “purple squirrel” is a recruiting moniker used to describe the perfect candidate with precisely the ...
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Unconscious Bias in Recruitment – Where Interviews Go Wrong

Why aren’t more women in the boardrooms of major corporations? Why don’t more African-Americans work in the burgeoning tech industries? When asked, companies often claim a lack of qualified candidates. However, many of these companies might consider the lesson that orchestras across the nation learned in decades past. Prior to the 1970s, 95% of orchestra members were white men. Orchestras told themselves their members were chosen by fair auditions, and ...
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4 Reasons to Ditch the MBTI in Talent Management

There are many aspects of human behavior that puzzle psychologists. One such aspect is how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) remains so widely used in hiring and employment contexts, when decades of psychological research have shown that it is a poorly designed instrument that shows no particular ability to identify the right candidate for any job.  The Backstory The (MBTI) is arguably the most popular personality test in the world ...
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Why Vacations are Good for Business

Employees list time off as second only to health care as a desirable employment benefit. The research on the benefits of time off couldn’t be clearer. Vacation time is associated with better mood, higher life satisfaction and better health. It has been estimated that workplace-related stress is responsible for $190 billion dollars in health care spending, and contributes to 120,000 deaths a year. With all of this evidence, perhaps the ...
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3 Quick Business Reads to Make Your Thanksgiving Travel More Productive

“Are you Gus’ son?...You the shower curtain fella?” If you have no idea what that means, you’re about to find out. If you do recognize those two questions, you have great taste in cinematic entertainment! Thanksgiving is next week and I can’t wait! It’s the second best holiday of the year, in my opinion. Quality time with family, friends, football & food! This also means a few days off of ...
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