Hiring Motivated Employees

You have probably always intuitively known that employee motivation—the internal drive, desire, and commitment to “get the job done”—matters a great deal within your organization. In fact, study after study validates your gut feeling and shows that employee motivation has a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line...

Leadership: Directions for Employee Motivation

If you’ve ever been involved in a hiring decision, did you pay any special attention to the competencies and motivation of the applicants? We know that highly skilled and motivated employees will do more, do it better, and be around to do it long...

Your Employees Want to Fire You

If things seem tense around the office and you’re not sure why, you’ll want to find out ASAP. The problem might not be your employees... Here’s the situation: Departmental productivity over the last few months has dropped. Lately, the office seems quieter than usual. Smiles are hard to find, but blank stares are abundant. You hear w...

Advanced Skills in the Workplace

Although advanced skills are required for many jobs, HR professionals are having extreme difficulties recruiting skilled workers. For example, according to a 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey of over 3,400 HR professionals, 55% noted that they had difficulties finding employees with sufficient writing skills....

Out with Performance Reviews, in with Performance Management

Performance reviews are often a source of dread for both labor and management, and can be a paperwork nightmare for HR and administrative staff. It’s time to move to a better model. The practice of giving performance reviews is often labor-intensive, time-consuming and stressful. To further complicate matters, traditional performance re...

Familiarity Breeds Success – Why and How to use Internal Hiring

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. C...

Tactical vs. Strategic Use of Pre-Employment Assessment Data

Results from a recent survey of over 300 HR professionals conducted by Wonderlic show a vast majority of respondents believe pre-employment assessments lead to better hiring decisions. Among those who use pre-employment assessments, over 95% said so. In fact,...

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); ho...