Posts in Human Resources

HIRING STRATEGIES: HOW AND WHY BUSINESSES MUST CREATE FAIL-SAFE STRATEGIES DURING A RECESSION

April 16th, 2020 Posted by Human Resources, Recruiting Strategies, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “HIRING STRATEGIES: HOW AND WHY BUSINESSES MUST CREATE FAIL-SAFE STRATEGIES DURING A RECESSION”

With reports indicating that we are heading toward a global recession, you are right to be putting in place a plan of action for the future of your business. One important thing that you might not have considered: have you thought about how your hiring strategy might look in the coming years?

Taking on new talent and speaking to recruitment agencies can be the last things on your mind during times like these, but it shouldn’t be. A recession, as challenging as it is, provides an opportunity to tighten your practices and set new goals. It means a mindset shift that is more than just changing working habits. When forced to look at your entire business in a new light, you will surely realize areas of weakness within your teams; hiring new staff is very often vital for rejuvenating and strengthening them. Sometimes it’s better to cut costs on IT or crunch down on miscellaneous spending to ensure that you hire that person that’s going to lead your business to returned prosperity.

This is why a great recruitment strategy is crucial and, with that said, here is a list of the 5 tips that help you attract and retain the best talent during a recession.

  1. Hone your hiring process. Having decided where you need to hire, you can cut the time costs involved in this process by really pinpointing your needs. Where are the weak spots in your team? Which roles are most fundamental to ensuring your business’ success over the next 5 years? Are there roles that could actually be filled by contractors?
  2. Use the best methods to find the highest tier of candidate. With a surge in unemployment, there will, of course, be an excess of candidates. Considering your recruitment methods wisely minimises taking a risk on a candidate and saves you money in the long run. Though no one likes to pay agency fees to a recruiter, it is very often necessary to ensure that you get access the top talent quickly and that the entire process is well managed. This leaves you time to focus on other areas of your business.
  3. Don’t be tempted to recruit the wrong candidates just to make quick fixes. Over-qualified candidates will get up to speed quickly but get bored just as fast and there is just no need to employ under-qualified candidates if you use your hiring budget wisely. Making use of a recruitment agency will also help in this area. By being provided with the right candidate who adds value, you are saving money in the long term and ensuring that your business continues to grow. If you can afford to cut extra costs elsewhere, it can even be a good idea to over hire during a recession because, in securing this talent when it is available, you can work on your retention strategy throughout an upturn in business.
  4. There is no more crucial time than a recession to ensure that your marketing and “employer branding” are working well for you. Presenting your business as a great place to work through social media and your website is key to attracting the talent your business needs. You should aim to update it with consistency and to emphasize your business’ long-term security. Employees will be looking for somewhere stable where they can continue with their career growth.
  5. Finally, be honest internally as well as to recruiters or job sites about the roles you need filling. It is crucial that you are not misleading candidates, feeling let down by a job description is a significant factor in candidates leaving a position. Take the time to analyse your recruitment data. If employee retention is poor, it might be time to address the root causes.

An economic downturn doesn’t have to have devastating consequences for your business. It goes without saying that planning is crucial in order to avoid lost revenue and having an effective recruitment strategy is equally important.

5 Ways Hiring Managers Sabotage the Recruiting Process

August 30th, 2019 Posted by Human Resources 0 thoughts on “5 Ways Hiring Managers Sabotage the Recruiting Process”

Today’s post may appear at first glance to be an assault on hiring managers, but nothing could be farther from the truth. As eager as they are to fill open positions and keep business running, hiring managers can unintentionally sabotage the hiring process. Because of their importance to the project, a ill-prepared hiring manager can have a huge impact on whether or not you can get someone into that seat quickly. Here are five things hiring managers do (nearly always unintentionally) to derail your recruiting.

1. Failure to Communicate

Most experienced hiring managers know exactly who they’re looking for, but knowing and articulating are two different things. As difficult as it can be to pin down some of the intangible qualities of a great candidate, hiring managers must do as much as they can to communicate to recruiters and human resources partners the kind of individual they’re looking for. Talk to your recruiter or HR to define compatible personalities, must-have skills, and expectations for the position. Your recruiting partners can administered personality assessments, skill tests, and deep dive interviews to narrow down your list before you waste time interviewing candidates that won’t be a good fit.

And while we’re at it, return your HR partner’s emails! We hear from HR folks all the time about hiring managers who won’t call them back or respond to their emails in a timely fashion. The biggest key to placing a candidate quickly is efficiency of communication. Seriously, it’s why it’s up here at Number One.

2. Bad Interview Skills

Just because you’re a hiring manager, doesn’t mean you are automatically an expert interviewer. Here is some advice I wish I’d had the foresight to give my clients when I first started out in recruiting. 

  • Be polite like your mamma taught you. It should go without saying, but sometimes it doesn’t. Remember that the candidates you’re interviewing are also interviewing you. What’s more, you might be working with these folks someday. Avoid derogatory comments about the interviewee, even if you feel justified in thinking them.
  • Promote the company and the position. Sometimes hiring managers forget that interviews are one of the most vital places for you to strengthen your employer brand. The first on-site interview will set the standard for how future employees feel about your company. Don’t let the first impression go to waste!

3. Not understanding position-fit

 You probably understand pretty well who you want in the position, but sometimes hiring managers neglect to find out who will work best with the team. The most successful projects involve input from multiple stakeholders including hiring managers, HR, and the candidate’s peers and teammates. By taking the time to understand how your new hire will slot into the team, you can help ensure they will be compatible with the norms and processes of your company. Spend some time speaking with the candidate’s potential coworkers and ask them if there are any must-haves or red flags they’d like you to consider. Not only will this help you find a candidate who is a good fit for your team’s dynamic, you’ll win bonus points with your employees for listening to their needs!

4. Getting greedy

Ask a hiring manager about their perfect candidate and their eyes get wild like a kid in a candy store. Unfortunately “perfect” and “achievable” are two entirely different things. One of the most significant mistakes we see hiring managers make is being too greedy and too inflexible about their ideal candidate. Most job descriptions are lists of wants, not lists of realities. Chances are, your perfect candidate doesn’t exist – or if they do, they’re on the other side of the country, making too much already, or one of a hundred possible reasons you’ll never land them. 

Hiring managers will benefit greatly from relaxing on some of their must-haves and doubling down on the qualities that will actually ensure a candidate’s success in the role. Talk with your team and your recruiter about your requirements and examine them for unnecessary or unrealistic qualifications. You wouldn’t believe how many hiring managers we speak with that have conflicting job requirements. A candidate with 15 years of experience and a Master’s degree won’t accept an entry-level salary, Bob! If you find someone with 80% of what you need, congratulations, you’re luckier than most. Hire ‘em and move on.

5. Not following the process

Process? We don’t need no stinking process! That’s the vibe I get from most of the hiring managers I speak with. “We see someone we like, we hire them.” Sounds simple enough. But hold on a second. Head down the hall to talk with HR and you’ll hear a different story. Whether it’s loose or strict, your company has (or needs to have!) some kind of process for hiring a new employee. There are often company policies and even legal requirements that get shoved aside in a hiring manager’s haste to get someone in the seat quickly. All of the stakeholders in a hiring project should meet to discuss the hiring process before starting interviews. Human resources is the most often neglected, with HR partners telling us that hiring managers skip procedure when it’s inconvenient, make salary promises that are incompatible with the budget, or fail to notify candidates of employee policies and application requirements.

Communicate, people!

How to Increase The Pace of Change and Innovation

May 22nd, 2019 Posted by Human Resources, Workforce Development 0 thoughts on “How to Increase The Pace of Change and Innovation”

How can you accelerate change and make sure that every employee, from mailroom to the CEO is fully invested in the ideas and initiatives that will drive growth?

What Automation Can’t Replace: The Importance of Soft Skills When Building a Culture of Innovation

April 25th, 2019 Posted by Engineering, Human Resources 0 thoughts on “What Automation Can’t Replace: The Importance of Soft Skills When Building a Culture of Innovation”

Soft skills can’t be automated and will be increasingly in demand as we continue into the 21st Century and the future of work. Any organization with an eye to the future should have an eye on their candidates soft skills.

7 Trends Shaping Engineering in 2019

January 16th, 2019 Posted by Engineering, Human Resources, IT 0 thoughts on “7 Trends Shaping Engineering in 2019”

The winds of change are sweeping through every sector of engineering in 2019 as technologies and roles continue to advance at the speed of thought.

Does Unlimited Vacation Really Work?

May 16th, 2018 Posted by Human Resources 0 thoughts on “Does Unlimited Vacation Really Work?”

Welcome to the first in our Does it Work? Series. We examine trends in employment from unlimited vacation to open plan offices and ask one simple question: Does it work?

Why Manufacturers Should Adopt Collaborative Frameworks

April 24th, 2018 Posted by Human Resources, Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Why Manufacturers Should Adopt Collaborative Frameworks”

Manufacturing companies require an increasingly skilled and complex workforce to keep pace with rapid growth and evolving technologies. As that workforce evolves, cooperation and collaboration decline and productivity suffers.

7 Ways HR Departments Can Improve Employee Retention

April 12th, 2018 Posted by Human Resources 0 thoughts on “7 Ways HR Departments Can Improve Employee Retention”

HR managers have a daunting task. They must reconcile the business’s objectives and their employees’ needs — a tightrope act that can leave you exhausted at the end of the day. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to improve employee retention, but there are tried and true strategies that can be adapted for nearly any company. People are complicated, difficult to understand, and each of us unique in how we approach challenges and opportunities.

34% of Employees use Social Media for Mental Breaks. 24% use it to connect within the company

Human Resources Should Embrace Social Media

April 3rd, 2018 Posted by Human Resources 1 thought on “Human Resources Should Embrace Social Media”

Social media now represents much more than just a marketing and recruitment tool, it is platform that can enhance the ways in which we work, communicate, learn and lead.

Why You Need to Care About Human Capital Unification

March 27th, 2018 Posted by Human Resources 0 thoughts on “Why You Need to Care About Human Capital Unification”

While organizations are increasingly reaping the benefits of unification strategies, we often encounter companies who are still struggling to find their footing and implement future-oriented processes for human capital management.

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