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Managing Employees

5 Tips to Reduce Turnover

Turnover is costly and disruptive.  Here are five tips to reduce your turnover and find and keep your good employees. Know what you want.  Before you hire someone, decide what you are looking for and the the best way to attract good candidates.  Write a job description, post an attractive ad answering the question, “why should a […]

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Hiring

7 Tips for Reference Check Success

Are Reference Checks a Waste of Time? Employers commonly ask candidates for references before offering them a job.   Frustration with common problems leaves some thinking, “what a waste of my time!” Here are some solutions that will increase the usefulness of reference checking. Problem: The candidate is unlikely to put their worst enemies on the list. […]

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Hiring

3 Steps to Hiring the Right Person

Jim Collins’ best selling management book, Good to Great, teaches us that a primary goal of employee selection is to sit the right people in the right seat on the (company) bus. In other words, hire the right people and put them in the right position.  While a typical recruiting effort takes great pains to measure the […]

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Hiring

Hiring: Beyond the Interview

Hiring decisions are so important, and so costly if wrong, that an interview is not enough information on which to make a choice.  Get more information about your candidate by testing, reference checks, background checks and online data gathering. Testing You can test your candidate’s PC skills, such as the ability to create an Excel spreadsheet.  Psychological […]

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Hiring

A Simple and Effective Job Ad

We all hope that our job ads will attract candidates who will turn into motivated, passionate, productive employees. However, our hopes are often dashed. This is because the typical ad is attracting the wrong people. Let me explain why. Here is an example of the “typical” ad, for a customer service manager: Customer Service ManagerEarthquake […]

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Compliance

Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

If your company uses interns, then you need to think through your policies on how (or whether) you pay them. Failure to do so could expose you to a potential lawsuit. Let’s say that you bring in a college student as an unpaid marketing intern for the summer. She is eager to gain professional experience […]

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Hiring

A Simple Interviewing System That Works

Hiring new employees is one thing all companies have in common. Also common is the high number of decisions that go wrong – employees who disappoint the high hopes you had when you hired them. The problem is that many interviewers are not really prepared for their interviews. Because they do not have a plan, they […]

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HR Policies

13 Action Steps to Promote Diversity

Many companies are reviewing and revamping their efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive work environment.  Here are some action steps you can take now: 1 – Understand the issues. 2 – Communicate to the entire organization how you are going to address it – focusing on your company’s culture and values and how important […]