Employment

Familiarity Breeds Success – Why and How to Hire Internally

It’s no secret: Hiring can be expensive. Whether replacing an employee or creating a new position, the costs mount quickly… and not just in money, but time as well. With advertising for the position, sifting through resumes, testing, interviewing, negotiating, completing paperwork and training, the process can be lengthy. Read more about Familiarity Breeds Success – Why and How to Hire Internally

Why Some Companies Don’t Use Pre-Employment Testing

Wonderlic recently surveyed over 300 HR professionals about their assessment strategy, and the results show a vast majority of respondents believe pre-employment assessments lead to better hiring decisions. In fact, even 85% of those who work at companies that don’t use testing said “making better hire decisions” is an actual, realized benefit of using them. Which begs the question: If these people feel pre-employment tests lead to better hiring decisions, why don’t their companies use them? Read more about Why Some Companies Don’t Use Pre-Employment Testing

The Cost of Employee Disengagement

The unfortunate fact is well more than half of employees are disengaged at work. We know employee disengagement is bad—but exactly how bad? Let's look at some statistics that should put the issue at the top of your priority list...

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The Goldilocks Effect: Which Leadership Style Engages Employees the Most?

In the classic children’s tale The Story of the Three Bears, Goldilocks stumbles upon an empty home where three bears reside. She finds that each bear has its own preference for porridge, chairs, and beds. After testing each of these, she determines that two of them are always too much in one extreme (e.g., too hot, too soft); however, one is always just right. Read more about The Goldilocks Effect: Which Leadership Style Engages Employees the Most?

What Kind of Leader are You?

Leadership styles vary, and can vary greatly. Furthermore, a style that might work for one company or industry might be a total bust for another. So… what kind of leader are you? How do you engage your people? What are the characteristics that make you who you are and define how you lead? Read more about What Kind of Leader are You?

2 Competencies All of Your Employees Should Have

Depending on the job, there are different skills and competencies that are going to be required for the employee to be considered successful. However, there are some areas where all of your employees should be excelling no matter what position they hold.

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Which Employee Reliability Test is Right For You

If you’re not measuring a potential employee’s behavioral reliability, you’re making a big mistake!

According to the report, “A Typology of Deviant Workplace Behaviors: A Multidimensional Scaling Study,” by Sandra L. Robinson and Rebecca J. Bennett, counterproductive and delinquent workplace behaviors cost organizations an estimated $6 to $100 billion annually. Out of all the employees included in their research, up to 75% have engaged in deviant or delinquent workplace behaviors (i.e, theft, computer fraud, vandalism, sabotage, embezzlement, and absenteeism.) This means you probably have some employees or are on the verge of hiring an employee who could prove to be very costly to your organization.

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The 4 Winners of a Successful, Dynamic Performance Strategy

In many organizations, performance management is synonymous with performance appraisal. Performance appraisal is an event that focuses primarily on two parties—the employee and the supervisor—and is structured to provide feedback regarding the employee’s performance over the course of the most recent rating period. The supervisor will report his or her perception of how the employee has performed, and the employee listens. Read more about The 4 Winners of a Successful, Dynamic Performance Strategy

Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

“You need to work on this.”

“You need to work on formatting columns, creating pivot tables, and animating presentations.”

Ok... so which of the previous two statements is more helpful when it comes to developing your employees’ software skills? The latter, of course. It’s clear, actionable feedback that can be used to improve proficiency.

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How Often do Employees Lie, Cheat, and Steal?

After being stripped of seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. It seems that cheating, and then lying about the cheating, is becoming more widespread in sports, especially when the stakes are high. For example, some of the best baseball players of all time (e.g., Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire) will likely never be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame because of their scandals.

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