Do you have what it takes to be a good manager?

You have been promoted and now have become a manager. Congratulations!  However, do you really have the skills to be a manager or do you think the only difference with the new position will be regarding work output? People may be very successful doing their jobs but that does not necessarily mean they will be good managers. It is very different entering into the world of management. You are now in a position of leadership and that comes with a lot of different responsibilities. You are responsible not only with work output but also managing people. A manager has to Read More

The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

HIRING MANAGERS: Simple Tips to Improve Your Results

Hiring is up, unemployment rates are close to an all-time low, your social media and job placement sites are buzzing with activity, yet you have not made a hire. What gives? And how can you get better hiring results without lowering your standards? Hire Standard’s analysis of successful hiring manager habits shows that small changes can bring big rewards. Think of your recruiting process as a sprint, not a marathon, and you are likely to get and hold the interest of qualified candidates. SIMPLIFY YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION: Hiring managers are approaching PDs using recession-era techniques when a “laundry list” of Read More

Cultural “Fit”: The Holy Grail of Hiring

Cultural “fit” is often described as the single most critical predictor of success in hiring. In a recent survey, 54% of professionals indicated they had been misled about a company’s culture during their interviews. And, in a related survey of 1,800 former employees, 64% said they left former employers due to a poor cultural fit. In a sophisticated marketplace, how can you tell if the job or candidate will be a good fit for everyone involved? Hire Standard has identified best practices found at employers who feature low turnover rates and high levels of employee satisfaction. Successful work relationships start Read More

Hire Right! Hire Standard’s Best Hiring Practices

How can you (the hiring company and future employer) increase your odds of making a successful hire? There are so many considerations, combined with the pressure to fill a vacancy that companies risk-making decisions that can backfire. We suggest reviewing these guidelines for improvement. ESTABLISH A HIRING SYSTEM AND STICK WITH IT Avoid the pitfalls of hiring quickly without a structured system. Does your company have a step-by- step approach to filling your needs? Decide who should be included at which point in your process, and definitely avoid “decision by committee”, particularly when reviewing resumes. SELECT ONE SPOKESPERSON TO REPRESENT Read More

Want Your Employees to Quit? Keep Doing This!

The US Department of Labor reports that over two million Americans leave their jobs every month. Alan Hall of Forbes states that over 30 percent of employees who look for alternative employment do so because they dislike their boss, feel a lack of empowerment, dislike the internal politics, or feel a lack of recognition. A leadership position is one of personal accountability and responsibility. An effective leader must elicit trust and respect from employees, which can only be achieved through appropriate behavior and actions. Such actions include creating a vision for the company, empowering employees with the resources to achieve Read More

Hiring the Best Employee Doesn’t Always Mean Hiring the Most Qualified

Although a candidate may be the best qualified, they may fail if they lack traits that will assimilate with existing organizational culture. Erika Anderson of Forbes writes that almost 90 percent of hiring failures are due to poor cultural fit. Therefore, in addition to screening resumes for the required qualifications and experience, applicants must also be screened for desirable work styles and values. A manager hired because of a proven track record in aggressive business deals might be faced with a laid back, accommodating work force. Any attempt to cultivate more direct, offensive tactics to increase business productivity are likely Read More

Evaluating New Recruiting Ideas

Job boards, such as Monster and CareerBuilder, have been losing popularity. PBS News reported that, in 2012, Monster was the source of only 1.3 percent of hires, and CareerBuilder was the source of only 1.2 percent of hires, according to employers. Companies are frustrated with the time-consuming and inefficient screening of hundreds of resumes. Additionally, the impersonal factor means that limited information is obtainable from a resume in terms of a candidate’s cultural fit. HR.BLR.comreports on innovative recruiting efforts that some companies are implementing to try to find the most committed and successful hires. These companies are using social media Read More

Evaluating the Skills Gap

A study by the Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2013, found that approximately 50 percent of hiring managers complained of inadequate skills among college graduates. Typical skills cited as lacking were the ability to adapt, to communicate effectively, and the ability to solve problems. Nancy Hellmich, contributor to USA Today, reports that employers complain that schools are not doing enough to prepare graduates for today’s job market. Dennis Yang, President and COO for Udemy and writing for Forbes, finds a significant difference of opinion over the readiness of today’s graduates to join a dynamic work environment – over 70 percent Read More

Three Managerial Instincts You Can Learn From Your Pets

Our pets’ reactions are purely instinctual. They are based on survival and essential needs including food, warmth, and companionship. Although many of us like to think that we have evolved beyond the animal species such as dogs and cats, there is a lot we can learn from their behavior that will help us better manage our lives, especially in times of stress. Trust Your Instincts. If you experience a nagging thought, listen to it. Your instincts are often right. Unless they seem irrational, don’t ignore them. If they do seem irrational, seek a third party opinion. Science Daily reported on Read More