Category Archives: Recruitment & Retention

Money, Money, Money, Money!!

Traditional research showed that money is not the prime motivator for employee engagement or loyalty. However, since the economic downturn and slow recovery, money has inched back to the top of the list of key factors for attracting and retaining a high quality, motivated workforce. What are the best and brightest organizations doing to use their human capital dollars creatively? Read on to find out! Continue reading

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The Tangible Value of Gratitude at Work

There is much research to prove that recognition and rewards have quite an impact on employee engagement, which, in turn, has a substantial impact on everything that’s meaningful to organizations: productivity, profitability, customer satisfaction, the list goes on.

If you’d like to see the numbers, here’s an article by Forbes contributor Kevin Kruse, citing statistics from 28 studies. Continue reading

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Creating a Winning Team!

There is a lot of research about how to create effective and successful teams. A critical first step is something we already believe in strongly for successful organizations as a whole: make sure every team member understands their role and how it fits in with and aligns to the bigger picture of what you are trying to achieve. For a team, this might be a project or discrete set of outcomes. For the organization, this means alignment with a strategic plan that everyone not only knows exists but understands and is committed to. Continue reading

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Job Descriptions: How to Make Them Work for You — Part 3 of 3

We’ve talked about how to write job descriptions and the critical components that should be included. But how do you get the information you need to create up-to-date and accurate job descriptions for your organization? Continue reading

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Job Descriptions: How to Make Them Work for You – Part 2 of 3

Accurate and up-to-date job descriptions are integral parts of successful human resources initiatives in organizations, including recruitment, compensation and classification programs, performance management, development of competencies, retention efforts, employee on-boarding, succession planning and organizational development. With an impact on this many areas within an organization, you’d better be able to actually write one of these things! Continue reading

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Job Descriptions: How to Make Them Work for You – Part 1 of 3

Are you responsible for writing or updating job descriptions for your organization? Do you think your organization’s job descriptions are up to date and accurate? Do you find job descriptions to be helpful or useful to you? This month we share the 411 on job descriptions and explain why their accuracy is a critical part of any successful organization’s HR tool kit. Continue reading

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Culture plays a BIG part in recruiting!

As the economy ekes out a recovery, public sector employers, particularly at the state and local levels, are still feeling the brunt of the recession, experiencing historic budget shortfalls while dealing with the rising costs of benefits. As a result, job losses are still occurring in force at all levels of public sector employment. Over 2.5 percent of government jobs have been lost since 2009, which, according to the Roosevelt Institute (http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/sites/all/files/GOPProjectSlashingPublicWorkforce.pdf ) makes that the “greatest reduction in history.” More government jobs were lost last year (approximately 265,000) than in 2010 (approximately 221,000). Continue reading

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Telework? Or Just Work?

Though telecommuting or teleworking are not new concepts, organizations are starting to see their because of the shifting work habits of the next generation work force. The lines between personal and professional time continue to be blurred as the ease of staying connected and accessible increases. Continue reading

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Success of the New Executive Director

We’ve recently been involved in some satisfyingly successful executive search projects, so this article from Board Café caught our eye (http://blueavocado.org/category/topic/board-cafe).  Finding the executive that fits your organization perfectly is only half the battle.  After a long search, you now have a great new Executive Director for your organization.  Now what?  Following are some helpful hints for paving the way for a smooth transition: Continue reading

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Tips on calculating cost per hire

Cost per Hire is critical but don’t be intimidated. It’s clear and easy to calculate. This article shows organizations how to develop this metric with consideration for industry and size of organization. Continue reading

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