9 08, 2018

Why You Should Consider Pre-employment Background Checks  

By |2019-01-31T13:56:54-04:00August 9th, 2018|Human Resources|

I began using pre-employment background checks as part of a hiring system more than 30 years ago. We used a two interviews system. We would inform candidates that didn’t meet our needs that others were ahead of them. Most appreciated the honesty. And we would tell qualified candidates that before we would schedule a second, [...]

11 07, 2018

Is It Human Resources Responsibility to Hold Your Employees Accountable?

By |2019-02-01T11:47:38-04:00July 11th, 2018|Human Resources|

Is it Human Resources responsibility to hold your employees accountable? That’s a good question because it depends on the circumstances as well as the situation. For example, should HR be responsible for an employee correctly completing new hire paperwork? Probably. What about tax forms, vacation requests, insurance data, and payroll check deposit information? Offhand, I’d [...]

30 05, 2018

Why Management Assessment Profiles Aren’t Always Right

By |2018-05-30T15:02:13-04:00May 30th, 2018|Human Resources|

Years ago, when I was a sales manager the company I worked for brought in an expensive management and personality profiler. I wasn’t a fan from the beginning when she arrived late holding up more than twenty busy managers and then complained about working past 5 PM to a group who would be working for [...]

2 05, 2018

Why You Should Use a Two Interview Employee Candidate Process

By |2019-02-01T13:11:11-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Human Resources|

Why should you use a two interview employee candidate process? Why not one interview for the right candidate or three sessions to be certain? Both good questions and I’ll answer them. But let’s begin with why two interviews. Why a Two Interview Employee Candidate Process? Background Checks It gives you time between interviews to conduct [...]

4 04, 2018

Uncovering Character in an Employment Interview

By |2019-02-04T12:24:38-04:00April 4th, 2018|Human Resources|

I’ve sat in my pulpit holding forth on hiring for character over skills. I’ve harangued the destructiveness to an organization of protecting toxic employees because of their talents, and I’ve tried to shame businesses for being held hostage by malcontents. But I’ve not offered much of an answer or plan other than to terminate poisonous [...]

14 03, 2018

How to Conduct a Transparent Interview and Why You Should

By |2018-03-14T12:17:04-04:00March 14th, 2018|Human Resources|

One of the questions I ask businesses, before consulting with them, is what are their most significant obstacles to growth. Often I hear low and inconsistent workforce.  My next question is why. Is it the lack of applicants, poor recruiting skills, or high turnover? When its high turnover I ask to review and observe the [...]

1 02, 2018

Onboarding Should Be an Ongoing Process

By |2018-02-01T09:50:37-04:00February 1st, 2018|Human Resources|

Onboarding is one of those trendy terms that have multiple meanings, but most people aren’t certain what it really means. So, let me clarify by sharing my definition. Simply put it’s preparing a new hire for their position before they begin the job.  Not all onboarding is equal. Yes, giving a new teammate a brochure [...]

31 01, 2018

How to Discuss Money in an Employment Interview

By |2018-01-31T10:32:28-04:00January 31st, 2018|Human Resources|

You’re interviewing for a position, or you’re the interviewer, regardless the elephant in the room is money. Granted it shouldn’t be, but it often is. I’m going to share some methods on how to discuss money in an employment interview, how to kick the elephant out of the room, but the reality is that in [...]

19 01, 2018

What to Do When a Valuable Employee Gives Notice

By |2018-01-19T09:51:25-04:00January 19th, 2018|Human Resources|

It happens. It disrupts our businesses. We're dismayed by it. It comes at us unexpectedly. It breaks our hearts. But it happens. And it will continue to happen — more often than it used to. Because there's no such thing as the gold watch anymore. Companies seldom promise a lifetime career, and younger recruits don’t [...]